Developing computational thinking skills with puzzles
The CS4FN (Computer Science for fun) project at the Queen Mary University of London is dedicated to developing exciting teaching resource magazines for Computer Science teachers at primary and secondary level. Over 90,000 educators globally use the resources on the site each year. Supported by Google since 2009, CS4FN received additional funding through a Google grant in 2015 to create and distribute a puzzle book, which aimed at strengthening the development of computational thinking skills. The book includes traditional puzzles such as word searches, with some surprising computational thinking twists. Paul Curzon, Professor of Computer Science states, “Support from Google’s CS4HS programme has allowed CS4FN to create and provide lots of high quality resources for free, to support teachers and inspire students. It has given us the freedom to explore new ideas and approaches, such as the Computational Thinking Puzzle Book in 2015, which would not otherwise have been possible.” The CS4FN website also includes activities based around the puzzles such as workshops for both students and teachers, and also more in-depth booklets about graph and logic problems that use computational thinking.