research_cloud“How can we improve the interaction between children and learning applications such that the children are well prepared for future learning?”

I am interested in finding multiple answers to this question. As time passes by, my research question may change a bit. However, the above question hints on some of the topics that I want to study. I am interested in the interaction between a child and a computer system. I am also interested in designing activities that can prepare students for future learning. Hence, most of my classes are related to Human-Computer Interaction and I work on educational technology applications.

My current research involves understanding how we can promote computational thinking in K-12. I want to know how we can make computation become a part of classrooms. “Becoming a part” implies that computational thinking should become a basic literacy tool like papers and pencils and as pervasive as arithmetic in curriculum. I hope to develop design components and practices to create effective interventions for integrating computational thinking in STEM classrooms.
I am working on an argumentation-driven Computational Thinking (CT) approach for teaching Chemistry called Chem+C. In this project, we will develop an application containing four multi-agent simulation activities that combine Chemistry with CT for 8th grade integrated science class. We are using NetLogo to create the simulations to teach Chemistry. I am working with Dr. Deborah Tatar in this project.


Our approach involves the integration of STEM education with computing through structured argumentation. This leads to a synergetic opportunity to improve upon students’ STEM knowledge, computational thinking, and reason-based argumentation skills.

There is a long line of thinkers that have significantly contributed to this field including Andrea diSessa, Uri Wilensky, Mitchel Resnick, Roy Pea, and Seymour Papert. I hope to build on their work in this project.

A proposal that contains details of the project can be seen here. This paper was submitted as part of an assignment in CS5724: Models and Theories of HCI class.