The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:00 am (EST) by Owen Astrachan and Amy Briggs titled AP Computer Science Principles. Astrachan is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Computer Science and Professor of the Practice at Duke University where he has taught in four decades and two millennia. In addition to teaching computer science, he builds curricula and approaches to teaching intended for broad adoption and adaptation. Briggs is Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College in Vermont where she teaches undergraduate courses in introductory computer science, data structures, theory of computation, discrete mathematics, programming languages, and software development. Her research interests are in computer science education and mobile robotics. Astrachan and Briggs are co-PI’s on the NSF/College Board CS Principles project.
Computer Science Principles is a new course being developed through a unique collaboration between the National Science Foundation, the College Board, and computer science educators. Currently being piloted nationwide, the course will become the newest College Board Advanced Placement offering during academic year 2016-17. Synergistic relationships with the Computer Science Teachers’ Association, ACM, Google,Code.org, as well as other public and private initiatives such as Exploring Computer Science, Project Lead the Way, Beauty and Joy of Computing, CS4Alabama, Mobile Computing, and other CE21 projects have contributed to widespread support and adoption of CS Principles. Both the course and its performance-based assessment are designed to further broaden participation in computer science. Furthermore the curriculum framework affords schools and teachers considerable flexibility in how required content and skills are taught. We will provide a status report on the new course and its near- and short-term potential for having considerable impact on the future of computer science education.
To view the webinar of the Lecture, please register here by 11:59 pm EST on March 4, 2014.