Share Paper: The Effects of Gender and Literacy in the Development of Computational Thinking Skills in 6th Grade Students

  1. Gerald Ardito, Pace University, United States
  2. Betul Czerkawski, University of Arizona South, United States
Tuesday, March 19 2:05-2:25 PM Santa Monica 2

Abstract: This study investigated the effects of gender and literacy in the development of computational thinking in sixth grade students through their participation in a four-week robotics program. A diverse cohort of forty-nine sixth graders participated in a three-week robotics program using LEGO robots. The program consisted of students first learning the basics of constructing and programming their LEGO robots and then participating in two challenges: a hallway race challenge and a dance-off challenge. Throughout the program students kept detailed daily journals which captured their experiences in real time and allowed them to go back and revise, reflect, and identify strength ...