InfuseCS is being designed to flexibly integrate with science classrooms and provide in-depth exposure to computational thinking-infused problem-based learning in physical science. The InfuseCS curricular content is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a focus on key disciplinary core ideas in the physical sciences, including 4-PS3 Energy and 5-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions. InfuseCS challenges students with opportunities to explore and develop deeper understandings of complex physical science concepts. Interwoven throughout all of the InfuseCS activities are the science and engineering practices identified by the NGSS with a focus on Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking. InfuseCS introduces students to computational thinking through core practices and concepts identified in the K-12 Computer Science Framework.
Together these disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and practices in computational thinking guide the design of rich narrative-centered making activities for elementary school students revolving around energy and matter. InfuseCS also supports students in developing the narrative-related skills found in the Common Core State Standards, such as being able to develop narratives featuring real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. InfuseCS supports the development of these skills through students’ creative construction of interactive science narratives that include well-structured event sequences and character dialogue.