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Saturday, October 20 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sensors, Data, Plants and Play: Computational Tinkering in Biology

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This session invites participation in a project that is designing, studying, and sharing InSPECT: Integrated Science Practices Enhanced by Computational Thinking to support agency in student learning and collaborative inquiry using DIY sensor and actuator kits.

DIY sensors and open source tool can make science more engaging, hands-on, and accessible. Aligned with NGSS and computational thinking frameworks, Concord Consortium’s InSPECT lab with Dataflow help support students in making experiments and creating data-rich investigations.

The session will share a slide presentation of labs that students have conducted with InSPECT, give a demo of Dataflow software and sensors, and results from recent testing with students in Oakland. We will also share our perspectives on computational participation and computational thinking, and what kinds of data and inquiry skills should be part of a student's repertoire of practice to empower them to understand data and phenomena in the world.

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Colin Dixon

Educator & Researcher, Concord Consortium
Colin Dixon is a Research Associate on the InSPECT, Paper Mechatronics, and Learning Everywhere projects at the Concord Consortium. He received his PhD from UC Davis working with the Beta Lab and the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the University of California, Davis... Read More →

Lisa Hardy

Concord Consortium
Lisa Hardy is a research associate at the Concord Consortium who is interested in fundamental research in technology-enhanced STEM learning, as well as in designing and developing technology-based learning environments for K-12 and undergraduate STEM classrooms. Her research aims... Read More →
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Sherry Hsi

Executive Vice President, Concord Consortium
Dr. Sherry Hsi is both a learning designer and education researcher with a background in engineering (bio and mechanical), science education, and the learning sciences at the Concord Consortium. With experience working in science centers and schools, she builds innovative technology-enhanced... Read More →
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Peter Sand

Founder / Technology Innovator, Manylabs

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Science Lab South (fits 28 people, UPPER LEVEL)