The Intentional Integration of Computational Thinking

I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Interdisciplinary Ideas” written by Raja Ridgway.  Raja wrote an article entitled “The Intentional Integration of Computational Thinking.”

Computational Thinking Practices:

  • Decomposition — Breaking down into components.
  • Pattern Matching — Finding similarities between components.
  • Abstraction — The process of reducing complexity by focusing on the main idea.  By hiding details irrelevant to the question at hand and bringing together related and useful details, abstraction reduces complexity and allows one to focus on the problem.
  • Algorithms — A step-by-step process to complete a task.

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