We describe the STEM Careers Infographic Project (SCIP), an outreach project for 8th grade students. The goal of SCIP was to get students interested in STEM by letting them research their own careers and create infographics. We utilized the CSTA’s Computational Thinking definition and progression chart to help develop the curriculum; and Sandoval’s conjecture mapping framework to structure and evaluate the project. This project was implemented in spring of 2015 with 153 students, 68% of which were from traditionally underserved communities. SCIP encountered theoretical and design obstacles during deployment that helped us modify the final project design. In the end, we present a multimedia, computational thinking unit that can be adopted by a non-expert at the middle school level.
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Computational Thinking for Middle School: A Case Study of an 8th Grade Multimedia Outreach Project. 2015. Brittany Ann Kos. University of Colorado Boulder.