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 Penn GSE student Noora Noushad (right)

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helps a seventh-grade student at the Penn Alexander School present the mobile application he created on a tablet device. Photos by Daniel Burke Photography

science, coding, and citizenship

PENN GSE’S DR. SUSAN YOON BRINGS APP INVENTOR TO PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS

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by Juliana Rosati

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enn GSE Associate Professor Susan Yoon wants science to empower students—both to develop the skills their futures will require and to live as engaged citizens. “Science content and processes are not just academic things,” she says. “I want students to be able to take what they learn

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and apply it in the world to do good and effect change.” Through a variety of research projects, Dr. Yoon has developed tools, curricula, and teacher training to bring science to life for students in ways that improve learning and incorporate twenty-first-century skills. In her latest project, she is developing a

way to teach science and computer programming, or “coding,” simultaneously. Supported by the Gregory and EJ Milken Foundation (see page 24), the Lori and Mark Fife Foundation, Penn’s University Research Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, the project could meet a need felt by schools across the country.

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The Penn GSE Magazine - Fall 2016  

The magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

The Penn GSE Magazine - Fall 2016  

The magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

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