## Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking

Spreadsheet and graphing programs students can use to find patterns in numbers and data, predict outcomes, and
and manipulate computer models" |
Mathematics enables the numerical representation of variables, the symbolic representation of relationships between physical entities, and the prediction of outcomes. Mathematics provides powerful models for describing and predicting such phenomena as atomic structure, gravitational forces, and quantum mechanics. In the science classroom we want students to be able to use mathematics to describe quantities and units and then to be able to describe mathematical relationships, first using words and then formulas.
Computational thinking integrates the power of human thinking with the capabilities of computational processes and technologies. The essence of computational thinking is the generalization of ideas into algorithms to model and solve problems. Computational thinking is not about getting humans to think like computers, but to use human creativity and imagination to make computers useful and exciting. Wing 2006. Students should be encouraged to explore the use of computers for data analysis, using simple data sets, at an early age . As students progress in their understanding of mathematics and computation, at every level the science classroom should be a place where these tools are progressively exploited. |

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Making connections in Math with the Common Core State Standards

NSTA Webinar - an archive of the webinar & the presentation about the NGSS, with a focus on

Exploring the Science Framework - An NSTA article about engaging learners in mathematics and computational thinking

SFUSD Mathematics Department – This website has a wealth of information about the CCSS-M and SFUSD’s core curriculum for mathematics. It also has the contact information for the team at C&I ready to support your work

NSTA Webinar - an archive of the webinar & the presentation about the NGSS, with a focus on

*Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking*Exploring the Science Framework - An NSTA article about engaging learners in mathematics and computational thinking

SFUSD Mathematics Department – This website has a wealth of information about the CCSS-M and SFUSD’s core curriculum for mathematics. It also has the contact information for the team at C&I ready to support your work

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