We are field testing a new grades 4-6 computer science curriculum unit (developed for SAE International). The goal of this unit is to introduce young students to the concept of computational thinking. The activities are unplugged and hands-on, with added technology extensions where students can practice what they've learned.
The unit will be part of the A World in Motion family of curriculum materials. The unit should take about twelve (12) 45-minute class sessions to implement. In addition, there are optional tasks available that could extend your students' learning experience.
Field-test teachers will be required to
teach the unit to their class.
complete the unit by March 30, 2019.
administer posttests to student, then collect and send them to EDC.
allow access to the classroom for observation of the unit (possibly virtual).
fill out a detailed questionnaire about each activity.
collect and send samples of (or photos and videos of) student work to EDC.
be available for an interview.
be available to researchers for further questions.
We are offering a $450.00 incentive to the chosen field-test teachers to cover the time you spend outside of regular class time to fulfill the above requirements. Teachers will be required to fill out a W-9 to receive this compensation. Your comments will help us make this curriculum unit the best that it can be.