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NICE Webinar: Computational Thinking and Skills: A Foundation for STEM and Cybersecurity Education


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The PowerPoint slides used during this webinar can be downloaded here.



Jeff Weld, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Advisor and Assistant Director,  STEM Education
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President

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Hillary Swanson

Research Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences​
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University

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Dr. Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens

Post-Doctoral Researcher
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University



Success in multiple industry sectors or any of the hundreds of new tech-heavy jobs emerging in the modern economy requires a core competency: computational thinking and skills. Computational thinking and skills extend beyond computer programming to include a larger set of knowledge and skills broadly captured by a wide swath of STEM disciplines, including cybersecurity. This webinar will explain why acquiring computational thinking and skills are important for STEM-related careers and how to incorporate and assess computational thinking and skills as part of cybersecurity education and training programs. 


Computational thinking in K-12: A review of the state of the field

Report of a Workshop on the Scope and Nature of Computational Thinking

Observations and opportunities in cybersecurity education game design

A Pilot Study in Cyber Security Education Using CyberAIMs: A Simulation-Based Experiment. 

Information Security Education – Towards a Cybersecure Society

Created December 6, 2018, Updated November 21, 2019