The DevTech Research Group at Tufts University directed by Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers, is partnering with multiple school districts to explore the integration of coding and computational thinking in K-2 classrooms. The project utilizes ScratchJr, created by the DevTech Research Group and Scratch Foundation, along with the newly developed curriculum, “Coding as Another language (CAL)”. This curriculum aligns the integration of computational thinking and computer science with learning about math and literacy, through a collaborative, project-based process. Our current project sites include:

  1. Coding as Another Language-ScratchJr – USA, funded by the Department of Education. This is DevTech’s largest impact study to date. The CAL-ScratchJr curriculum for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade is being implemented in both Boston and Rhode Island Public Schools.
  2. Coding as Another Language – Argentina, a collaboration between Varkey Foundation, Comunidad Atenea, and DevTech Research Group. The CAL-ScratchJr curriculum for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade is being implemented in Mendoza and Corrientes, reaching over 600 students. Read more about our research partners here.
  3. Coding as Another Language – Israel, a collaboration between Dr. Rinat Rosenberg-Kima, director of the Mindful Learning Technologies Lab at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Dr. Marina Bers, director of the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. Read more about our research partners here.