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Why is this study important?
As a result of the powerful innovation and application of computing in STEM disciplines, the National Science Foundation’s STEM+C program addresses an urgent need for real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational preparation of students from the early grades through high school (preK-12). To this end, NSF awarded the Education Development Center (EDC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the opportunity to develop and test a series of computational science high school courses called the Science+C Pathway.
Science+C embeds computational thinking and computational skills development within the core, high school science courses Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to accelerate and deepen science understanding and prepare students for future endeavors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Science+C units align with MA state standards in science, digital literacy, and computer science, and with the national Next Generation Science Standards. To ensure relevance to modern computational practices in STEM fields, computational scientists and experts in computational science integration guided the design of the units.