Principal Investigator: Debra Bernstein

Funders: National Science Foundation

The CE21 planning grant supports the initial stages of a years-long iterative process to develop an evidence-based, pedagogically-sound, and accessible computing trajectory for students in middle school through early college. During the 18-month planning phase, computer science faculty and education researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, and TERC will (1) do preliminary development of a novel three-stage model of programming instruction using the Microsoft Kodu, Alice, and Tekkotsu programming frameworks; (2) develop techniques for fostering conceptual transfer, both between Kodu and Alice and in CS Unplugged-type activities, as a means of deepening student understanding; and (3) develop technologies for making programming environments more accessible to students with disabilities such as visual impairment, deaf/hard of hearing, mobility impairment, or learning/cognitive impairment.