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Putting the Taxonomy Into Practice: Investigating Students' Learning of Chemistry With Integrated Computational Thinking Activities

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Integration of computational thinking (CT) practices in high school mathematics and science curricula has gained momentum after the publication of Weintrop et al.’s taxonomy of CT practices in science and mathematics (CT-STEM). We designed a high school chemistry unit on ideal gas laws aligned with the CT-STEM taxonomy. Two teachers taught this unit to a total of 121 high school regular chemistry students over the course of ten class periods. Our preliminary findings demonstrate significant increases in students' achievement after learning the content with tightly-integrated CT activities. We present an overview of our unit, the description of an example code-first CT activity, and the results of our quantitative analysis.