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Fiscal Year: 2018

930  The University of Texas at Dallas  (74435)

Principal Investigator: Midori Kitagawa

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 1,018,429

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/20

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Arts Tech And Comm

Department, Center, School, or Institute: ADMIN

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Learning Physics in a Synergistic Scaffolded Programming Environment

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Natl Science Foundation

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Education and Human Resources


We propose to develop a Scaffolded Training Environment for Physics Programming (STEPP) in which students learn physics and cultivate CT skills through state-based modeling by creating their own simulation tools. Our hypothesis is that by constructing their own simulation tools, students learning in a scaffolded synergistic environment will master physics concepts and CT more successfully than students learning with pre-made simulation tools. We will design and implement three STEPP modules with learning content that aligns with Texas's standards and NGSS. A summer institute will be held for inservice and pre-service teachers to learn and experience STEPP and incorporate it into their own curricula and assessments. The STEPP modules will be tested at two high schools in the Richardson ISD, with a minimum of 160 high school students and two physics teachers participating. Students' gain in physics knowledge will be measured by the Force Concept Inventory and their gain in CT, state-based modeling, and programming concepts will be assessed by rubrics developed in collaboration with high school teachers. Changes in students' attitudes towards computing will be measured by the Computing Attitudes Survey.

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