CS4ALL - G is a collaboration project funded by NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund that builds upon the Auburn University (AU) and Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC)’s successful joint efforts in recruiting and retaining girls and special needs students in computing careers. The purpose of CS4LL-G is three-fold:
1. First, the project is designed to foster interest in CS among middle and high schools girls (including those with special needs) by providing an engaging and active programming development experience using CS Unplugged (CSU), CS For Fun (CS4FN), and Microsoft Kodu. CSU (http://csunplugged.org/) helps students recognize and learn underlying CS concepts through engaging games, puzzles and discussions. We already have several years of successful experience teaching CSU and Kodu to age 10 to 18 students in an inclusive environment. For the past seven years, Dr. Marghitu has directed the AU Robo Camp (http://www.eng.auburn.edu/outreach/k-12/robo-camp/index.html) K12 inclusive outreach program developed to reinforce computer literacy skills, while participating in hands-on applications of computer programming and robotics. Robo Camp students are assigned individual tasks and work together in teams to complete assignments. Carnegie Mellon University Alice Programming System, Microsoft Kodu programming environment, Lego Mindstorms NXT, and Lego Tetrix robots, Carnegie Mellon University RobotC, are few of the applications used to teach concepts of computer programming and robotics. Dr. Marghitu also offered several successful teacher development workshops.
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