Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Grant
Penn Engineering, along with the Graduate School of Education, received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in January 2010 to spur interest in computer science with a first-of-its-kind, "cascading" mentoring program in which college, high school and middle school students will learn with and from each other.
EAS 285, a service-learning computer science course offered at Penn Engineering, will be integrated with the teaching and mentoring of high school and middle school students. Undergraduates will learn about educational theory and computational thinking, receive training on instructing K-12 students and will teach and mentor high school and middle school students in coordinated summer workshops and after-school programs. The high school students will also work with middle schoolers.
Full press release available here
Daily Pennsylvanian article available here
Computing Research Association News article available here (see page 2)
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Boot Up! Camp for High School Students
Boot UP! Camps are 1-week day programs for High School students who excel in math and have an interest in computers. Students will spend time working on a variety of technologies, creating their own games and animations, working with multi-media textiles, and Programming in Java. The program is FREE for admitted applicants. Applications will be available in February and due in March. The program is open to both girls and boys with priority for students traditionally underrepresented in computer science. Learn more...