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Dr. Erdogan Kaya
PhD, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Assistant Professor
Secondary Education 6-12

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2400B
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B4
Fairfax, VA 22030


Kaya is an assistant professor of education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. With a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, he teaches methods courses. As well as having a BS degree in chemical engineering, he has a MS degree in computer science and engineering. In addition to coaching robotic teams, he received several grants promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Computer Science (CS). He is interested in inspiring learners to code and engineer for social causes to increase participation and make STEM+CS accessible for all. He has been volunteering in many educational outreach programs including, Science Fair, and Robotics programs such as First Robotics competitions. He has published journal papers and presented at national and international conferences about computational thinking, K-12 computer science, robotics, and pre-college engineering education. Areas of research interest include K-16 computing and engineering education, STEM+CS, computational thinking, and robotics in K-12 STEM+CS education.

Kaya advocates his view that research, teaching, and learning are best practiced as a unified enterprise that benefits students and society. He has received numerous teaching awards, including NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section (SE) Outstanding New Teacher Award, and has been awarded grants for research from several foundations for more than $2.5 million with his colleagues.

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Research Interests
  • K-12 Computer Science Education
  • K-12 Engineering Education
  • K-12 Science Education
Recent Publications

Yesilyurt, E., Deniz, H., & Kaya, E. (2024). Exploring epistemic aspects of engineering for K–12 science and engineering education. Journal of Engineering Education, 1–29.

Kaya, E.Deniz, H., & Yesilyurt, E. (2023). Toward developing a valid and reliable assessment of adults' nature of engineering viewsJournal of Engineering Education1– 40

Kaya, E., Deniz, H., & Yesilyurt, E. (2022). Can’t Pick It Up? Student engineers solve big trash problem using a 3D printer. Science & Children, 60(1), 65–69.

Kaya, E., Newley, A., Yesilyurt, E., & Deniz, H. (2020). Measuring Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice Elementary Teachers. Journal of College Science Teaching, 49(6).

Kaya, E., Yesilyurt, E., Newley, A. & Deniz, H. (2019). Examining the Impact of a Computational Thinking Intervention on Pre-service Elementary Science Teachers’ Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs, Interest and Confidence. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 38(4), 385-392. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from

Kaya, E., Newley, A., Yesilyurt, E., & Deniz, H. (2019). Improving Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Engineering Teaching Efficacy Beliefs With 3D Design and Printing. Journal of College Science Teaching, 48(5), 76–83.

Bahar, A. K., Kaya, E., & Zhang, X. (2022). Gender Disparities in AP Computer Science Exams: Analysis of Trends in Participation and top Achievement. Journal of Advanced Academics, 1932202X221119499.

Deniz, H., Kaya, E., Yesilyurt, E., & Trabia, M. (2019). The influence of an engineering design experience on elementary teachers’ nature of engineering views. Int J Technol Des Educ (2019).

Newley, A., Kaya, E., Deniz, H., & Yesilyurt, E. (2019). Animatronic Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! How computational thinking and 3D printing can help students create an animatronic zoo. Science & Children, 56(8), 64–71.