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May 03, 2021 2021-05-03

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Computer Science Program That Builds Problem-Solving Skills

Engineering is Elementary (EiE), the award-winning division of the Museum of Science, Boston, develops research-based, classroom-tested programs that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem-solvers. EiE’s Computer Science Essentials curriculum promotes computational thinking and digital literacy, and pairs it with sociocultural learning theory, an approach that emphasizes active participation in the social and material worlds. Through structured, hands-on experiences, students make sense and assign meaning to practices, while using the language and tools of computer science within the appropriate context. Computer Science Essentials prepares students to be computational problem-solvers in whatever career they choose, subject they study, or real-world challenge they may face. The program offers computational thinking, digital literacy, and coding skills for grades 1–5; step-by-step implementation guides for educators with everything from vocabulary supports, discussion and self-reflection prompts, teacher tips, and connections to other content areas; student scaffolding, including engaging, real-world contexts, practice, in-class examples, and Engineering Design Process supports; as well as flexible units that build on one another and can be implemented individually over time—all with professional development and implementation support.

Computer Science/Coding/Programming Computational Thinking Problem-based Learning Digital Literacy

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