Science and Engineering Education for Infrastructure Transformation

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A challenge in teaching real-world computational thinking is that the thought process of solving a concrete problem can easily escalate into a complex mental model consisting of many abstract, intertwined moving parts that are often difficult for students to imagine and think through, preventing them from sorting out a solution and building up self-efficacy. Externalizing such a complicated mental process step by step through drawing representational diagrams piece by piece can be cognitively offloading.

Co-PI(s): Senay Purzer, Purdue University; Chad Dorsey, Concord Consortium

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