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The Value of Computational Thinking Across Grade Levels

The Value of Computational Thinking (VCT) project combines the talents and resources of STEM professionals at the Rutgers University DIMACS Center, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), Colorado State University, Hobart and William Smith College, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and five partner school districts to develop and test a set of 12 curriculum modules designed to engage high school students and their teachers in the process of applying computational concepts and methods to problem solving in a variety of scientific contexts. The project perspective is that computational thinking can be usefully thought of as a specialized form of mathematical modeling. The product of computational thinking in a particular domain is a model of a situation, a structuring and representation of the situation, that enables computations to be performed to answer questions, solve problems, control processes, predict consequences, or enhance understanding. The CSU STEM Center served as the evaluators for this project.

Status: Ended

PI: Cozzens, Margaret

PI Institution: Rutgers University

Funding Program: DR K-12

Award Amount: $2,105,009

Start Date: 07/01/2010

End Date: 09/30/2015

Link for more information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1020201&HistoricalAwards=false