Students need methods for problem solving that can be applied to their future STEM career or prepare them for college study. Whether a student’s career path involves biology, transportation, or sales doesn’t matter--all those things often involve solving big problems, dealing with big data sets and creating solutions. A skill set in problem solving using Computational Thinking opens doors for anyone in any area.
In her 2006 article, entitled Computational Thinking, Jeanette Wing argued that “computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.”