Using Computational Thinking to Learn Creative Writing and Performance Arts: summer experiences of story creation projects
This program is tentative and subject to change.
In our modern society, technology has profoundly reshaped various aspects of our lives, influencing the way we work, communicate, and interact. This raises a fundamental question: Is the current K-12 education system adequately preparing students for success in this technology-driven era, where innovation and problem-solving skills are essential? A recent study investigated this inquiry. The goal was to integrate computational thinking into the domains of creative writing and creative media and measure its impacts. Computational thinking evolved from a supplementary tool into a pivotal pedagogical strategy, bridging the creative arts and computational problem-solving. This poster describes the design and refinement of summer camp experiences in which predominantly Hispanic female students participated in hands-on CT-based learning to create their own creative stories and films. Educational outcomes were evident through increased student engagement, enhanced collaboration, and improved problem-solving skills, underscoring the intervention’s advantages. Furthermore, the researchers gained transformative insights, recognizing the versatility of CT across domains. Camp participants experienced a shift in perspective, with a greater interest in vocations and domains connected to computing. We share lessons learned from these interdisciplinary summer camps in the hopes that they will inform other researchers and practitioners who are interested in designing and deploying similar experiences. In summary, the study presents an encouraging panorama. By merging CT with creative expression, it outlines a trajectory where students and educators skillfully navigate the complexities of contemporary paradigms.