With the rapid advancement of technology and the increasing demand for innovative problem-solving skills, the integration of flexible and adaptable approaches in education has become imperative. This study investigates the impacts of engaging students in synthetic hackathons as a means to foster flexible thinking and reframing strategies in educational settings. A synthetic hackathon is an educational event where participants collaborate to develop solutions for real-world problems using simulated environments and artificial intelligence tools.
This research employs a mixed-methods approach to explore the effects of synthetic hackathons on students’ cognitive development, problem-solving abilities, and attitudes towards learning. The study includes both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, including pre- and post-assessments, interviews, and observations. The participants consist of a diverse sample of middle and high school students from various educational backgrounds.
The findings of this research will contribute to the understanding of how synthetic hackathons can promote flexible thinking and reframing skills in students. The study examines the impact of engaging in synthetic hackathons on students’ ability to think critically, identify multiple perspectives, and generate creative solutions. Additionally, the research investigates how participation in synthetic hackathons influences students’ motivation, self-efficacy, and interest in STEM-related fields.
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