Special Projects 2021

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Since 2003 SIGCSE has awarded a limited number of Special Projects Grants each year. These grants help SIGCSE members investigate and introduce new ideas in the learning and teaching of computing. Projects must provide some clear benefit to the wider disciplinary community in the form of new knowledge, developing or sharing of a resource, or good practice in learning, teaching, or assessment.

Here is a list of the awards given in 2021.

Teaching Accessibility for Fairness in AI Courses

Yudong Liu, Western Washington University
Yasmine Elglaly, Western Washington University
Award: $4,740
Award date: November 2021

From Student to Working Computer Science and Software Engineering Professional: Bridging the Gap

Jacqueline Whalley, Auckland University of Technology
Tony Clear, Auckland University of Technology
Stephen Thorpe, Auckland University of Technology
Ramesh Lal, Auckland University of Technology
Jim Buchan, Auckland University of Technology
Award: $4,808
Award date: November 2021

Integrating Jupyter Notebooks with Runestone Interactive Using Doenet

Melissa Lynn, Gustavus Adolphus College
Brad Miller, Gustavus Adolphus College
Duane Nykamp, Gustavus Adolphus College
Award: $5,000
Award date: November 2021

In a Woman’s Voice: An Alternative Gamification of The Oregon Trail

Stephany Coffman-Wolph, Ohio Northern University
John K. Estell, Ohio Northern University
Award: $500
Award date: November 2021

Solve this! Problems of practice teachers face in K-12 CS Education

Monica McGill, CSEdResearch.org
Michelle Friend, University of Nebraska Omaha
Award date: May 2021

Description: The goal of this project is to identify and disseminate a robust inventory of the problems of practice that primary and secondary teachers experience when teaching computer science (CS) in order to guide the development of CS education research and professional development support.

Report: Final report

Telling Our Narratives: Expanding Equity Within Computing Education

Francisco Castro, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Earl W. Huff Jr, Clemson University
Gayithri Jayathirtha, University of Pennsylvania
Yerika Jimenez, University of Florida
Minji Kong, University of Delaware
Natalie Araujo Melo, Northwestern University
Amber Solomon, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jennifer Tsan, University of Chicago
Award date: May 2021

Description: This proposal seeks to elicit and revalue the experiences of members of the CEd community that are often forced to the margins, to unpack what issues of equity they face and their aspirations of a CEd space. In doing so, we aim to render their stories, contributions, and aspirations visible.

Git Utilities for Instructors and Education Researchers

Nasser Giacaman, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Award date: May 2021

Description: This project aims to develop a web-based interface to make it easier for staff and students to use GiT repositories for educational purposes. The web application will allow mass-uploads, email all students, generate statistics and reports to analyse student data.

Develop Kahoot Interactive Lessons for AP CS Principles

Evelyn Zayas, Rasmussen University, Melbourne, Florida, USA
Award date: May 2021

Description: This project entails the development of Kahoot interactive lessons that AP CS teachers can assign to students to teach, reinforce, and assess important computer science and programming concepts. These interactive lessons will consist of terminology, a video to explain the concept(s), and checks for understanding in the form of multiple choice, true/false, and puzzle type questions.

Report: Final report

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