The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
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10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
April 1 - 9 open daily
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Computational Thinking Using Computer Simulations in High School Biology:
While the NGSS emphasizes the science and engineering practice of computational thinking, there is less familiarity and support for implementing this practice than other practices. In this session, high school biology teachers will learn how to promote computational thinking in their classrooms by engaging with a newly developed computer simulation. This freely available simulation is based on a real-world phenomenon and is designed to address specific performance expectations in biology. Teachers will first explore the simulation as learners, engaging with it as their students would. Then they will reflect on how they used computational thinking to explain the phenomenon. Teachers will leave the session with access to the simulation, suggestions for lesson plans, ideas for incorporating the activity into their curricula, and strategies for utilizing the simulation with all learners in their classrooms.
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