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Wednesday, June 15 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Scaffolding Zoombinis: Adding Executive Function Surrounds to the Popular, Classic Game

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The popular, award-winning game Zoombinis has been around since the 90s, with an updated version launched in 2015 for new devices. Since that relaunch, research has been conducted on the effectiveness of the game and related bridging activities for the teaching and learning of computational thinking (Author, 2021; Author, 2021b; Author, 2019; Author, 2018; Author, 2017). Recently, efforts have been made to design and test executive function (EF) scaffolds that surround puzzles from the game, permitting learners who may have EF challenges, such as issues with working memory, attention, and metacognition, to demonstrate their skills with computational thinking (CT), a logical approach to problem solving which can be applied to any problem, task, or system. On this poster, we’ll present the Zoombinis scaffolds, the intent of their design, and the results of their use with teachers and students, grades 3-8, as part of a larger CT-education project.

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Jodi Asbell-Clarke

Director, EdGE at TERC
I direct a team of game designers, researchers, and learning scientists who live and work on the edge of science and play.
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Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki

Senior Research Scientist, Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)
Knock! Knock!Who’s there?Howl.Howl who?Howl you know if you don't open the door?
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Teon Edwards

Lead Designer, EdGE at TERC
Games for learning;Play for learning;Using the digital to engage people in the world around them;Tacit learning in STEM-based games;XR/AR/VR affordances for learning;Co-Design;Zoombinis (Hip, hip, Zoombinis!!!)
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Erin Bardar, PhD

Education Materials Director, EdGE at TERC
As Education Materials Director for EdGE at TERC, my role includes elements of game design, outreach, and curriculum development. I work with the design team to help ensure that beneath all the fun, the games we develop are grounded in science that is both accurate and aligned with... Read More →
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Tara Robillard

Knock, knock.Who’s there? Lena.Lena who?Lena a little closer, and I’ll tell you another joke!

Wednesday June 15, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Pacific Ballroom Terrace UCI Conference Center, 311 W Peltason Dr # A, Irvine, CA 92697

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