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Bridging Languages - Progress and New Initiatives

In the last blog post, I wrote about how we completed our study - of a summer camp in which kids learned how to make games in Scratch - and how we were analyzing the data. We've completed that analysis and hope to see it published soon. Our analysis focuses on the impact prior programming experience has on students' perceptions of programming and computer science; we believe our study and analysis will help guide the development of computing curricula in the future.

Bridging Languages Project Update: Summer Camp Study

Over the summer, I ran a study with children ages 7-12 at a gaming summer camp in Winter Park, FL. The aim of this study was to begin to identify programming constructs students find motivating, and those they struggle with, in block-based environments. We ran the 1-week summer camp with three different student groups and interviewed students during the last two camps. In this study we interviewed students three times: At the beginning and end of the camp we asked students about their thoughts on programming.

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