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STEM Tool Combines Comics, Computational Thinking to Help Kids ‘Think Like a Programmer’

Two Swedish-based authors and U.S. cybersecurity firm Cylance are partnering to raise money via crowdfunding for an Engish-speaking version of a new educational book that is part graphic novel, part textbook and fully designed to get kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Called Curly Bracket - The Hidden Code, it uses computational thinking to "help children develop the foundational, problem-solving tools they need to succeed at just about any subject, especially STEM-related fields like computer science, math, and engineering,” said authors Johan Wendt and Tor Moström in a statement.

Computational thinking relies on three key steps to help students learn. The steps are as follows:

  • Make decisions based on data
  • Recognize patterns and trends
  • Break down larger problems into smaller chunks that can be more easily solved

According to the graphic novel’s Kickstarter page, the book is designed to use this way of thinking to “teach kids how to think like a programmer."

Ideally, the authors would like to see Curly Bracket used in U.S. classrooms and are offering both school and corporate packages to make it possible.

All funding will go towards translating the book’s content into English to make it an internationally available tool.

See Curly Bracket - The Hidden Code’s Kickstarter page here.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor



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