AAAI Publications, Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Using Multiple Representations to Simultaneously Learn Computational Thinking and Middle School Science
Satabdi Basu, Gautam Biswas, John S. Kinnebrew

Last modified: 2016-03-05


Computational Thinking (CT) is considered a core competency in problem formulation and problem solving. We have developed the Computational Thinking using Simulation and Modeling (CTSiM) learning environment to help middle school students learn science and CT concepts simultaneously. In this paper, we present an approach that leverages multiple linked representations to help students learn by constructing and analyzing computational models of science topics. Results from a recent study show that students successfully use the linked representations to become better modelers and learners.


Computational Thinking; Science education; Learning by modeling; Scaffolding; Multiple external representations; Modeling and simulation

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