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MODELS 2020
Fri 16 - Fri 23 October 2020
Wed 21 Oct 2020 13:35 - 13:50 at Room A - A2-Education and Games Chair(s): Steffen Zschaler

The recent surge in computer science (CS) education for children has led to the popularization of blocks-based programming languages (BBPLs), which offer a syntax-directed approach to teach fundamental programming concepts. Most BBPL environments are designed with imperative programming in mind. The primary building blocks represent the key constructs that support sequencing, iteration, and selection, all in an imperative style. Some BBPL environments support bi-directionality and can show the source code of the same program represented as either blocks or in a general-purpose textual language. There have been few alternatives to the imperative primitives used in these environments. In this Vision paper, we propose a paradigmatic change to the underlying and front-facing structures of BBPL environments by replacing them with Model-driven Engineering (MDE) primitives, such as declarative transformation rules and metamodels. We have implemented a prototype of our envisioned system in a modeling environment to show the feasibility of the approach, which we believe could be used by young children. The contribution of our vision is a demonstration of the potential for a new thread of research that lies at the intersection of modeling and CS education for children. We aim to spark an interest in MDE among CS education researchers, while encouraging the modeling community to consider how MDE might be taught to younger students.

Wed 21 Oct
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13:15 - 14:30: A2-Education and GamesTechnical Track at Room A
Chair(s): Steffen ZschalerKing's College London
13:15 - 13:35
Full-paper
Technical Track
Weiyi Bian, Omar AlamTrent University, Jörg KienzleMcGill University, Canada
13:35 - 13:50
Short-paper
Technical Track
Huseyin ErginBall State University, Wenjun ShiEast China Normal University, China, Herart Dominggus Nurue, Jeff GrayUniversity of Alabama
Media Attached
13:50 - 14:05
Demonstration
Technical Track
Antonio BucchiaroneFondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, Maxime Savary-Leblanc, Xavier Le Pallec, Jean-Michel BruelUniversité de Toulouse, France, Antonio CicchettiMälardalen University, Jordi CabotICREA - UOC, Sebastian GerardCEA Saclay - NanoInnov, Hamna Aslam, Annapaola MarconiFondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, Mirko Perillo
14:05 - 14:20
Demonstration
Technical Track
Boqi Chen, Dylan Havelock, Connor Plante, Michael Sukkarieh, Oszkár SemeráthBudapest University of Technology and Economics, Daniel VarroMcGill University / Budapest University of Technology and Economics