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The ScratchMaths Project: building mathematical knowledge with programming

10 May 2017, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

ScratchMaths programming exercise

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UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

Dr Laura Benton (UCL Knowledge Lab) and Piers Saunders (IOE) present the background, aims and methodology of the EEF-funded ScratchMaths project (2014-17), looking at the impact of learning computer programming on the mathematics performance of pupils at Key Stage 2.

The project to date has produced materials (for pupils aged 9-11 years) and professional development to support computational skills and mathematical reasoning through learning to program in Scratch. The speakers will discuss the approach used to explore how far pupils of this age are able to interpret and evaluate different algorithms that solve the same problem, and the resulting findings. Moreover they discuss the opportunities and challenges that might be presented by a compulsory computing curriculum for the enhancement of mathematical skills.

About the speakers

Dr Laura Benton is a postdoctoral researcher at the UCL Knowledge Lab, and is interested in the field of child-computer interaction. She has been involved in educational technology design research projects including iLearnRW, ScratchMaths and iRead, contributing to the design of the technology as well as the development of curriculum resources and professional development programmes.

Piers Saunders is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He has taught mathematics in schools in North and West London as well as a career in the software industry as a software development manager for a large IT company in Canada. He is involved in designing and delivering professional development as well as course materials for ScratchMaths.

This seminar is free and open to all. Non-UCL attendees should register in advance by emailing a.vasalou@ucl.ac.uk.

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Mina Vasalou