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ECEP project increases black students passing AP CS exam

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance encourages underrepresented minorities to pursue computing education and careers.   However, in 2013 only 1,090 out of 29,555  (3.6%) students self-identified as Black on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam.  In addition, the pass rate for Black students is lower than any other racial group both nationally (35.6% vs 69% for White) and in Georgia (22% vs 57.5%).  Georgia Tech’s Institute of Computing Education (ICE), with support from the ECEP alliance, created Project Rise Up 4 CS to address this problem. 
 

Guzdial shares how to change a state at NCWIT Summit

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance joined more than 700 computing researchers, educators, and industry professionals at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)'s annual Summit, held in Newport Beach, California in May. Georgia Tech professor and ECEP PI Mark Guzdial presented two workshop sessions on the topic "How to change a state: Making computing education fit into public education."

ECEP supports new summer computing camps for students

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways alliance (ECEP) is pleased to announce that it will award six institutions seed money grants to buy equipment to help the institutions start or expand summer computing camps for students. The grants will provide each recipient with approximately $5,000 for computing equipment. Awardees are based in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and California, and became eligible to apply for funds after attending the How to Run a Summer Camp workshops run by ECEP in the fall of 2013.

How do we change a state?

The issues in South Carolina are different from the ones in Georgia, and they’re different again in Massachusetts and California. That’s what’s making this ECEP Alliance work interesting and complicated.

Below are some common themes that have surfaced from ECEP's work so far, based on observations from our first four case studies.

CS education accelerates with Hour of Code events

ECEP Partner States contributed to many events celebrating computing education as part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, held December 9-15th. This year, the Hour of Code tutorials made participation accessible and engaging. In total, almost five million students from 168 countries took part in the Hour of Code. See http://csedweek.org/events for event listings. A rundown of national happenings by Mark Guzdial is featured on CACM's blog

Massachusetts professional development providers join together, discuss future plans

On November 15, 2013, a meeting organized by ECEP brought together 20 professional development providers in Massachusetts. The group discussed teacher needs and the current training opportunities available for computer science educators--from Massachusetts-grown projects like App Inventor, Artbotics, and Scratch to curricular approaches like Exploring Computer Science courses. Participation from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was key to understanding opportunities for advancing computer science education in K12 in the state.

Summit on computing education in South Carolina

South Carolina is poised to be a national leader in computing education. South Carolina already has a CS requirement for all high school students.  Their students take more AP CS than many comparably-sized states.  They have a significant industry buy-in to improve computing, through the creation of IT-oLogy – a private-sector organization with a goal of improving IT education in South Carolina.

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