Unfolding the Curriculum: Physical Computing, Computational Thinking and Computational Experiment in STEM’s Transdisciplinary Approach

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  •   Sarantos Psycharis

  •   Konstantinos Kalovrektis

  •   Eva Sakellaridi

  •   Konstantinos Korres

  •   Dimitrios Mastorodimos

Abstract

The aim of the present article is to analyze the relation of physical computing with the computational thinking dimensions and the transdisciplinary approach of STEM epistemology in inquiry-based learning environments, when the methodology of the computational experiment is implemented. We argue that computational science and computational experiment can be applied in connection with STEM epistemology, when physical computing activities are embedded in the curriculum for Higher Education students. In order to implement this connection, we present software applications that combine algorithms and physical computing. We believe that engaging students through their existing STEM courses in physical computing - in the form of the computational experiment methodology- is a strategy that is much more likely to succeed in increasing the interest and appeal of STEM epistemology. Different learning modules were designed, which covered the combination of easy java simulations (Ejs) with Arduino and Raspberry pi.


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Psycharis, S., Kalovrektis, K., Sakellaridi, E., Korres, K. and Mastorodimos, D. 2018. Unfolding the Curriculum: Physical Computing, Computational Thinking and Computational Experiment in STEM’s Transdisciplinary Approach. European Journal of Engineering and Technology Research. CIE (Mar. 2018), 19-24. DOI:https://doi.org/10.24018/ejers.2018.0.CIE.639.