National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
The Computational Thinking in STEM Education
Computational thinking (CT) is considered to as one of the most important skills in 21st Century. Nowadays, many countries have stressed the CT competence as an essential skill for digital natives, not just for computer scientists. Therefore, how to cultivate students the competence of CT becomes an emerging issue confronting current education. While facing increasingly complex world, it is more important than ever for young generation be prepared to bring broad knowledge and skills to solve complicated problems. Those skills students develop include science, technology, engineering and math, disciplines collectively known as STEM. From a report of U.S. department of Education, it stresses that “no matter where children live, they have access to quality learning environment. A child’s zip code should not determine their STEM fluency”. As the CT becomes an essential ability, we believe it can be employed across various fields and disciplines, serving as a basis to STEM education. For short, CT can serve as instructional scaffolding for problem solving in STEM Education and it should be fused into STEM projects being conducted.
Ray Yueh-Min Huang is a Chair Professor in Department of Engineering Science, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. His research interests include e-Learning, multimedia communications, and artificial intelligence. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He has co-authored 3 books and has published more than 280 refereed journal research papers in the area above.
Dr. Huang has received many research awards, such as Taiwan’s National Outstanding Research Award in 2011 and 2014, given to Taiwan’s top 100 scholars. According to a paper published in BJET, he is ranked no. 3 in the world on terms of the number of educational technology papers published in the period 2012 to 2017. He has completed over 60 Ph.D. and 250 MS thesis students. He received many funded research grants from National Science Council, Ministry of Education, Industrial Technology of Research Institute, and Institute of Information Industry. Dr. Huang has been invited to give talks or served frequently in the program committee at national and international conferences.
Dr. Huang is in the editorial board of several international journals in the area of educational technology, computer communications, and web intelligence, including 3 SSCI-indexed e-Learning ones. In e-Learning area, except of publishing more than 100 SSCI-indexed journal papers and editing 3 special issues in SSCI-indexed journals, he was also serving as the directors of Disciplines of Applied Science Education and Innovative Engineering Education in Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. is also the funding chair of International Symposium of Emerging Technologies for Education (SETE) and International Conference of Innovative Technologies and Learning (ICITL). Dr. Huang is a senior member of the IEEE and became Fellow of British Computer Society in 2011.
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