(October 2015) Prof. Felicia Etzkorn
is a co-PI (with PI Deborah Tatar, Professor of Computer Science, ICAT Fellow and Member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction) on a newly-funded project on “CHEM+C: Integration of Environmental Chemistry and Computing to Advance Evidence-based Reasoning, Problem Solving, and Computational Thinking (CT) in Middle School Students.
” This two-year, $1,250,000 award funded by the National Science Foundation will investigate a method of broadening access to CT by providing it in a context that all students take: 8th Grade Integrated Science.
Students will investigate chemical systems with visual models, modify and adapt the code to better represent the chemical systems using CT, based in a pedagogy of structured scientific argumentation. Two additional co-PIs, Drs. Victor Sampson and Stephanie Rivaletge from University of Texas Austin, bring expertise in Science Education and Assessment.