Perceptions of computer science among children after a hands-on activity: A pilot study

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Many children hold an incomplete perception of what computer science is, leading to a lack of interest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) studies. In order to address this challenge, a workshop was developed to expose children aged 12-14 years to core concepts in programming by letting them manipulate widespread tangible embedded systems. With the help of qualitative surveys, the influence of this workshop on middle school students' perceptions of computer science were examined. The results indicate that children, especially girls, perceived the computer as a central element of computer science and not primarily as a tool. However, the proposed two-hours long workshop seems to influence the children's perceptions: They spoke about programming, electronic/electricity and creativity.

langue originaleAnglais
titreProceedings of 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Sous-titreEmerging Trends and Challenges of Engineering Education, EDUCON 2018
Nombre de pages7
ISBN (Electronique)978-1-5386-2957-4
Les DOIs
Etat de la publicationPublié - 17 avr. 2018
EvénementEDUCON2018 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Espagne
Durée: 17 avr. 201820 avr. 2018

Série de publications

NomIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (imprimé)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronique)2165-9567

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Une conférenceEDUCON2018 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
La villeSanta Cruz de Tenerife
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