SciGirls Code is a project comprised of 16 STEM outreach programs that provided 160+ middle school girls with computational thinking (CT) and coding skills between September 2017-June 2018. The research study investigates the ways in which these learning experiences impact girls’ development of CT; interest and attitudes toward computer science; and their understandings of how participation in creation with technology impacts themselves and the world around them. Utilizing a qualitative multi-site case study design, the study found that a connected learning approach boosted the development of girls’ CT skills, positively impacted attitudes towards computing pathways/careers, and increased understandings of computational participation. In addition, the educational experiences happening throughout the SciGirls Code program exemplifies the 4E learning model. Implications include how technology can be leveraged towards creating an inherently collaborative setting, acknowledging social, emotional, cultural, technological, and cognitive intersections in learning.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||A Wide Lens|
|Subtitle of host publication||Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings|
|Editors||Kristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker|
|Publisher||International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Event||13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France|
Duration: Jun 17 2019 → Jun 21 2019
|Name||Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL|
|Conference||13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019|
|Period||6/17/19 → 6/21/19|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1543209.