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Award Abstract #1240977

CS 10K: The Utah Exploring Computer Science Initiative

NSF Org: CNS
Division Of Computer and Network Systems
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Initial Amendment Date: August 23, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: May 2, 2016
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Award Number: 1240977
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Janice E. Cuny
CNS Division Of Computer and Network Systems
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: January 1, 2013
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End Date: December 31, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $821,946.00
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Investigator(s): Helen Hu hhu@westminstercollege.edu (Principal Investigator)
Carl Lyman (Co-Principal Investigator)
Cecily Heiner (Co-Principal Investigator)
Jay McCarthy (Former Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Westminster College of Salt Lake City
1840 South 13th East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105-3617 (801)484-7651
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NSF Program(s): SPECIAL PROJECTS - CISE,
Computing Ed for 21st Century,
EXP PROG TO STIM COMP RES
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Program Reference Code(s): 7578, 9150, 9251
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Program Element Code(s): 1714, 7382, 9150

ABSTRACT

Westminster College of Salt Lake City, in partnership with Brigham Young University, proposes to create a new one-semester course modeled on the LAUSD Exploring Computer Science curriculum. The vast majority of Utah high school students do not have the opportunity to learn about computing beyond a required computer literacy course. This project seeks to provide all students in Utah public schools with an alternative to this existing computer literacy course. The Utah Exploring Computer Science Initiative will adapt the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum into a half-year course that meets the computer literacy high school graduation requirement for the state of Utah. Over three years, the project will prepare and support 100 teachers with summer professional development workshops, monthly meetings held during the academic year, a mentoring program, and a supportive online community. The proposed project will better prepare students with more advanced 21st century computing skills and will increase student, parent and counselor awareness of computing. It is anticipated that the ECS course will improve student perception of computing as a discipline, leading to increased student interest in additional CS courses, which will in turn drive demand for more rigorous course offerings, such as AP CS A or the proposed, new AP Computer Principles course. The project goal is to have the majority of Utah students taking the ECS course to fulfill their computer literacy high school graduation requirement within 5 years.

 

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