Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: A Study

LPFI’s research team presented results from a pilot study examining computer science outcomes among students within the SMASH Academy at the Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering conference in Las Vegas, NV July 22-25, 2013. The presentation entitled, “Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: Examining the Effectiveness of a 5-week Computer Science Course in the SMASH Academy,” revealed that students’ computer science skills and knowledge, and computer science aspirations significantly increased over the course of the 5-week program. These findings have implications for developing models for early exposure and engagement with computer science among students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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