Computational CS-Zero is now
a Media-Propelled introduction to Computational Thinking (iMPaCT)
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking introduces students with weak mathematical maturity to the basics of programming through multimedia, and then uses these programming techniques to examine basic functions that draw lines and curves. At the end of the course students use these same techniques to explore the principles underlying familiar dynamic processes such as ballistics and resonance.
Like other graphically-oriented programming courses, students attending Media-Propelled Computational Thinking are quickly and gently introduced to the foundations of programming.
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking uses easily taught and adaptable programming concepts as a framework for modeling the behavior of physical objects. The course reinforces the concepts and intuitions of pre-calculus and mathematical modeling by engaging students in hands-on simulations of physical systems. An Introduction to Computational Systems teaches the foundations of programming while promoting mathematical competence necessary for academic success.
The math in Media-Propelled Computational Thinking is disarming - students are surprised when we compare it math courses because they experience its easily comprehensible graphical computational challenges as a series of engaging puzzles - that just make sense.
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking was initially developed as a "Computational CS-Zero" intended to introduce programming to students intending to study computer science. Shortly afterwards, we realized that the course lessons are engaging and educational outcomes are relevant to entering students across STEM majors.
Also: Check out our new effort to integrate programming of graphical calculators into math/science classrooms: iMPaCT-STEM
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking is abbreviated MPCT and pronounced iMPaCT.
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking is a participant in the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Questions: Contact Eric Freudenthal
Media-Propelled Computational Thinking is funded by the National Science Foundation's CCLI and CPATH programs, and by corporate gifts from Texas Instruments and Calculex Inc. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this web site are those of its authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or our other funders.