A computational introduction to STEM studies

Eric Freudenthal, Alexandria N. Ogrey, Mary K. Roy, Alan Siegel

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Abstract

We report on the content and early evaluation of a new introductory programming course "Media Propelled Computational Thinking," (abbreviated MPCT and pronounced IMPaCT). MPCT is integrated into a freshmanlevel program designed for under-prepared students with interests in a STEM discipline. It is intended to reduce attrition rates by fostering student intuition in, appreciation of, and confidence about basic pre-calculus concepts. The MPCT curriculum is problem-driven, with analytical challenge exercises that are intended to motivate inquiry and to illustrate the reasoning used in the STEM professions Preliminary evaluation results are encouraging - students from a wide range of academic majors found MPCT engaging, and report that the course conveyed insight, and decreased anxiety about foundational mathematical concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010
Pages663-672
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Apr 14 2010Apr 16 2010

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Other2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period4/14/104/16/10

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Keywords

  • CCLI
  • Component
  • CPATH
  • CS0
  • Entering students program
  • Introductory computing curriculum
  • MPCT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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Freudenthal, E., Ogrey, A. N., Roy, M. K., & Siegel, A. (2010). A computational introduction to STEM studies. In 2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010 (pp. 663-672). [5492514] https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5492514

A computational introduction to STEM studies. / Freudenthal, Eric; Ogrey, Alexandria N.; Roy, Mary K.; Siegel, Alan.

2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010. 2010. p. 663-672 5492514.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Freudenthal, E, Ogrey, AN, Roy, MK & Siegel, A 2010, A computational introduction to STEM studies. in 2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010., 5492514, pp. 663-672, 2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010, Madrid, Spain, 4/14/10. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5492514
Freudenthal E, Ogrey AN, Roy MK, Siegel A. A computational introduction to STEM studies. In 2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010. 2010. p. 663-672. 5492514 https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5492514
Freudenthal, Eric ; Ogrey, Alexandria N. ; Roy, Mary K. ; Siegel, Alan. / A computational introduction to STEM studies. 2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010. 2010. pp. 663-672
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