Joint Software Engineering to support STEM Education: Experiences before, during and after a Children's University PROCEEDINGS
Dagmar Monett, Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin), Germany ; Josephine Greifenberg, CS Undergraduate Course IT2012, HWR Berlin, Germany ; Anne Krautz, Maximilian Stöhr, Rico Ulbricht, Undergraduate Course IT2012, HWR Berlin, Germany
Global Learn, in Berlin, Germany Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
In this paper we present a pilot project that was part of a Children’s University at a university of applied sciences. The children tested software programs that solve Sudoku puzzles. In this motivating experience, which was aimed both at introducing young students to the software development process as well as at deepening a school-university partnership, we learned several lessons. Among them are: faculty should make the first move in a school-university relationship; schools can be real customers of a university’s course projects; children should be involved in the software cycle, as a minimum during software testing; and the pursuit of CS by interested female students is not such a distant dream. In the hope of increasing confidence in STEM careers in the future, especially in Computer Science, more emphasis should be placed on supporting joint software engineering projects also involving learners and educators from primary schools.
Monett, D., Greifenberg, J., Krautz, A., Stöhr, M. & Ulbricht, R. (2015). Joint Software Engineering to support STEM Education: Experiences before, during and after a Children's University. In Proceedings of Global Learn Berlin 2015: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 357-365). Berlin, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 20, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/150879/.
© 2015 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
- Anger, C., Demary, V., Koppel, O., & Plünnecke, A. (2013, April). MINT-Frühjahrsreport 2013. Innovationskraft, Aufstiegschance und demografische Herausforderung. Tech. Rep., Germany: Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln. Beck, K. Et al. (2001). The Agile Manifesto. Tech. Rep., The Agile Alliance.
- Clarke B. & Svanaes, S. (2012, December). One-to-one Tablets in Secondary Schools: An Evaluation Study. Stage 1: 2011-2012. Tech. Rep., UK: Family, Kids and Youth.
- Clarke B. & Svanaes, S. (2014, April). An Updated Literature Review on the Use of Tablets in Education. Tech. Rep., UK: Family, Kids and Youth.
- Clarke B., Svanaes, S., & Zimmermann, S. (2013, July). One-to-one Tablets in Secondary Schools: An Evaluation Study. Stage 2: January-April 2013. Tech. Rep., UK: Family, Kids and Youth.
- Coughlan, S. (2014). Tablet computers in ‘70% of schools’. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/education30216408 [December 3, 2014].
- Falloon, G. (2013). Creating content: Building literacy skills in year 1 students using open format apps. Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, teaching, technology, 5(1-3), 77-95.
- González, H.B. & Kuenzi, J.J. (2012, August). Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education: A Primer. Tech. Rep. 7-5700, R42642, CRS Report for Congress, USA: Congressional Research Service.
- Hanna, L., Risden, K., Czerwinski, M., & Alexander, K.J. (1998). The Role of Usability Research in Designing Children's Computer Products. The design of children’s technology (pp. 3-26). San Francisco, CA, USA:
- Markopoulos, P. & Bekker, M. (2003). On the assessment of usability testing methods for children. Interacting with Computers, 15, 227-243.
- Monett, D. (2013). Agile Project-Based Teaching and Learning. In proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, SERP’2013 (pp. 377-383). USA: CSREA Press.
- NFER (2011, July). The STEM cohesion programme: Final report. Tech. Rep. DFE-RR147, UK: Department for Education.
- Steuernagel, U. & Janßen, U. (2012). Kinder-Uni-Geschichte. Retrieved from http://www.diekinderuni.de/html/kinderunigeschichte.html.
These references have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake in the references above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.