Hanna Kim, Ph.D.

    Hanna Kim, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on integrating interactive simulations and computational thinking (CT) in elementary and middle school science teaching and learning. She was a principal investigator in her research project (InSTEP: Inquiry-Based Science and Technology Program), which collaborated with science teachers in six Chicago Public Schools to help diverse students learn science in a fun way using innovative technology and an inquiry approach. Her publications in the Journal of Science Education and Technology and Journal of Research and Practice support this endeavor. She has taught elementary and middle school science methods, science and math connectivity, student teaching seminars, clinical supervision, and research methods for teachers. As senior personnel of the NSF STEM+C grant, she investigates how coding and robotics affect preservice teachers’ computational thinking skills, which can influence their future students in science classrooms. Her preliminary study in computational thinking for preservice teachers has been published in Education and Information Technologies and a book chapter. She continues to study with preservice teachers who are taking her science methods at NEIU, and they will experience earthquake simulator robotics using Lego Mindstorm software. The results of robotics studies will help the STEM-C faculty team to redesign our elementary and middle school science curriculum, embedding computational thinking.