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ERIC Number: EJ1115276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Programming Digital Stories and How-to Animations
Hansen, Alexandria Killian; Iveland, Ashley; Harlow, Danielle Boyd; Dwyer, Hilary; Franklin, Diana
Science and Children, v53 n3 p60-64 Nov 2015
As science teachers continue preparing for implementation of the "Next Generation Science Standards," one recommendation is to use computer programming as a promising context to efficiently integrate science and engineering. In this article, a interdisciplinary team of educational researchers and computer scientists describe how to use programming as one way to teach engineering design using tasks like creating a digital story to describe science phenomena or a "how-to" animation that demonstrates how to replicate a science experiment or activity in a fourth-grade classroom. In the activity, students used the Scratch programming language to create programs about science phenomena and science activities by using the engineering design stages of defining problems, developing solutions, and optimizing solutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A