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September 18, 2012

Lester Receives Supplement for Middle School Computer Fluency

Dr. James Lester, professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded supplemental funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal titled “ENGAGE:  Immersive Game-Based Learning for Middle Grade Computational Fluency.”  This $16,000 supplement brings the total funding for this project to $1,015,996, and extends the award period to December 31, 2014.  Please see related story here.
Co-PIs on the project include Dr. Kristy Boyer, assistant professor of computer science at NC State; NC State computer science research scientist Dr. Bradford Mott; and Dr. Eric Wiebe, professor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at NC State.
Abstract - The goal of the ENGAGE project is to develop a game-based learning environment that will support middle grade computer fluency education. It will be conducted by an interdisciplinary research team drawn from computer science, computer science education, and education. In collaboration with North Carolina middle schools, the research team will design, develop, deploy, and evaluate a game-based learning environment that enables middle school students to acquire computer fluency knowledge and skills. The ENGAGE project will be evaluated in middle grade classrooms with respect to both learning effectiveness and engagement.
For more information on Dr. Lester, click here.

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