February 26, 2013
Barnes Uses “Beauty and Joy of Computing” for STARS
Dr. Tiffany Barnes, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $150,000 by UNC-Charlotte and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “Scaling the STARS Alliance: A National Community for Broadening Participation Through Regional Partnerships.”
The award will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Abstract – The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) project presents a unique opportunity to scale the STARS Alliance further while also enhancing national efforts to engage more high school teachers and students in teaching and learning computing and build stronger university/college/K12 partnerships. Through this supplement, we will extend the Alliance with at least three new STARS Computing Corps, providing leadership training to a group of 8-10 students in each Corps, all focused on supporting the BJC effort. New Corps will provide teaching assistance to high school teachers implementing the BJC course through classroom visits and monthly Computer Science Teacher Association chapter meetings. These new STARS Computing Corps will also teach BJC material either through in middle school Citizen Schools after-school programs, and K-12 summer camps. This will provide a vibrant community of support for high school teachers and students engaging the new BJC course.
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