A computational introduction to STEM studies

Eric Freudenthal, Alexandria N. Ogrey, Mary K. Roy, Alan Siegel

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We report on the content and early evaluation of a new introductory programming course "Media Propelled Computational Thinking," (abbreviated MPCT and pronounced IMPaCT). MPCT is integrated into a freshmanlevel program designed for under-prepared students with interests in a STEM discipline. It is intended to reduce attrition rates by fostering student intuition in, appreciation of, and confidence about basic pre-calculus concepts. The MPCT curriculum is problem-driven, with analytical challenge exercises that are intended to motivate inquiry and to illustrate the reasoning used in the STEM professions Preliminary evaluation results are encouraging - students from a wide range of academic majors found MPCT engaging, and report that the course conveyed insight, and decreased anxiety about foundational mathematical concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Apr 14 2010Apr 16 2010

Publication series

Name2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010


Other2010 IEEE Education Engineering Conference, EDUCON 2010


  • CCLI
  • CS0
  • Component
  • Entering students program
  • Introductory computing curriculum
  • MPCT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education


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