Florence Sullivan, professor of learning technology in the College of Education, gave an invited keynote presentation, “Examining the multi-dimensional learning affordances of robotics for computational thinking,” at the seminar on computational thinking education at the Education University of Hong Kong on Oct. 26.
As part of the seminar, Sullivan also worked with more than 100 Hong Kong-based elementary school teachers on learning how to use an unplugged robotics activity with their students.
The seminar was organized by the Cool Think project, led by professor Siu Cheung Kong of the Education University of Hong Kong and funded by the Jockey Club of Hong Kong. The Cool Think project is a four-year long educational research project aimed at developing curriculum for enabling the development of computational thinking in 4th-6th grade students in Hong Kong. Part of the research framework for this project is drawn from Sullivan’s early work on students’ development of computational thinking while working with educational robotics.
Sullivan also visited with colleagues and presented the talk at a seminar at the University of Hong Kong on Oct. 29.