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Tuesday, November 1 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
CS Pathways: A Model of Inclusive Middle School Computing for Social Good

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Middle School Pathways in Computer Science (cspathways.org) is an NSF-supported ITEST Strategies project that launched in Fall 2014. It created a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML), the Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative Inc. (TRITEC), and the urban school districts of Medford and Everett, MA. With activities in-school and during the summer, CS Pathways is bringing project-based, socially-relevant computing experiences to district middle school students.

Project teachers have developed a 15 to 20-hour computing curriculum that is integrated with existing district technology and engineering courses. During the first and second years of the project (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) the curriculum was implemented in middle schools and was delivered to approximately 450 students per year. The project is now being implemented in each of the districts’ seven middle schools. During the project’s first year the project team conducted intensive 30-hour summer camps attended by 72 students and the project is recruiting students to participate in similar activities in the summers of 2016 and 2017.

Using MIT App Inventor, a blocks-based design environment for building mobile apps, students are developing their own apps that support socially relevant activities in their communities. University computer science students and industry professionals are visiting project classrooms and to discuss career pathways with project students.

The research and evaluation team is studying student learning outcomes in computer science (both attitudes and computational thinking competencies); teacher learning outcomes and curriculum products, and broadening participation outcomes.

The project’s goal is to create an institutionalized computer science curriculum in the two districts that is accessible and appealing to all students.


Akira Kamiya

Teacher Learning Center Director, Medford Public Schools

Molly Laden

Executive Director, Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC)

Fred Martin

Director, Engaging Computing Group; Professor, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Diane Schilder

Project Evaluator, Evaluation Analysis Solutions, Inc.

Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:55pm - 3:45pm EDT
Meeting Room B