SPARCS: A personalized problem-based learning approach for developing successful computer science learning experiences in middle school

Harvey Siy, Brian Dorn, Carol Engelmann, Neal Grandgenett, Tracie Reding, Jong Hoon Youn, Qiuming Zhu

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Abstract

To keep pace with today's computer and technology-driven workforce, strategies that spark and foster student interest in computer science during the K-12 years are sorely needed. Thus it is essential that teachers at these formative years are able to provide successful learning experiences in computing. We provide an overview of the Strategic Problem-based Approach to Rouse Computer Science (SPARCS) project being conducted at University of Nebraska at Omaha. SPARCS aims to help middle school teachers incorporate computer science lessons into the classes they teach, and inspire their students to consider careers in computing-related industries. We present our experiences and findings from the first year of a planned three-year study on SPARCS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages611-616
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509047673
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 27 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2017 - Lincoln, United States
Duration: May 14 2017May 17 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology
ISSN (Print)2154-0357
ISSN (Electronic)2154-0373

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLincoln
Period5/14/175/17/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Siy, H., Dorn, B., Engelmann, C., Grandgenett, N., Reding, T., Youn, J. H., & Zhu, Q. (2017). SPARCS: A personalized problem-based learning approach for developing successful computer science learning experiences in middle school. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2017 (pp. 611-616). [8053436] (IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EIT.2017.8053436