Collaborative Research: Engaging High School Students in Computer Science with Co-creative Learning Companions

Principal Investigator: Kristy E. Boyer

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: September 15, 2018

End Date: August 31, 2022

Amount: $862,472


This research investigates how state-of-the-art creative and pedagogical agents can improve students’ learning, attitudes, and engagement with computer science. The project will be conducted in high school classrooms using EarSketch, an online computer science learning environments that engages over 160,000 learners worldwide in making music with JavaScript or Python code. The researchers will build the first co-creative learning companion, Cai, that will scaffold students with pedagogical strategies that include making use of learner code to illustrate abstraction and modularity, suggesting new code to scaffold new concepts, providing help and hints, and explaining its decisions. This work will directly address the national need to develop computing literacy as a core STEM skill.

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