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STARS CS for All Scholars

The STARS CS for All Scholars program engages teams of undergraduate computer science students, undergraduate education students, and high school teachers to support   remote/online learning in high school Computer Science Principles courses. 

Currently, there are many in-service high school teachers who have training to implement the AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course in their schools. Teachers must consider how to foster student collaboration, as it is a required computational thinking practice within CS Principles, and to individualize student learning. While teachers have knowledge and skills for addressing such needs in-person, these are considerably more challenging to address during the global COVID-19 pandemic. With recommendations to stay at home, all instruction has moved online, and many experts anticipate that schools will be closed periodically for the next 12-18 months. Addressing both individualization and collaboration requires increased attention to intentional advance design, detailed planning, and substantial management when instruction is delivered remotely. Furthermore, high school students may have different levels of access to computers, mobile devices, and Internet that will impact their ability to participate in their CSP courses. Therefore, there is an urgent need to help CSP teachers plan for and manage remote learning, collaboration, and individualization to support their CSP classrooms. 

In the STARS CS for All Scholars project, teams of undergraduate students and teachers work together to conduct research to address these problemsin a way that aligns with the localized school context and the teachers' classroom needs. Through the identification of appropriate tools and the co-creation of online and alternative "unplugged" remote learning projects that align with CSP learning objectives, this project will help teachers provide more equitable access to CS learning experiences for high school students. During this experience, teachers will act as collaborators with undergraduates to identify a target problem to solve for their classrooms, design, rapidly prototype, and refine solutions. CS undergraduate students will develop expertise in human-computer interaction and user-centered design, creating activities, software, and adaptations to address teacher-identified needs and problems. Education undergraduate students will develop expertise in planning for classroom management, individualization, and supporting collaboration for students learning to program. We envision that teams will create activities and supports that allow for a range of CS activities, from totally unplugged for students with no computer and no internet, to computer-based for those with computers but no internet, to mobile-phone based, to online computer-based with collaboration support within the Snap programming environment.

We are looking for undergraduate computer science students, undergraduate education or sociology students, and high school teachers who are preparing to teach Computer Science Principles to join our program! Undergraduate students participate in research skill development and experiential research projects for 6 weeks and teachers engage for 4 weeks. Applicants that are selected to join the CS for All Scholars program will receive a participation stipend. 

Important dates

  • Application deadline: June 10, 2020
  • Selection notification: June 19, 2020
  • Program dates:
    • June 29-August 7 (undergraduate CS for All Scholars)
    • July 6 - July 31 (teacher CS for All Scholars)

Application opening soon!

How To Get Involved

Sponsor a STARS Corps Student

Does your company or organization want to help further the impact STARS is making on women and minorities involved in computing? If so, we have multiple opportunities to partner with STARS!

Participate in the STARS Celebration

Join us for our annual leadership conference highlighting the achievements of our STARS Corps students and schools. Speakers, panelists, sponsors, community partners and general attendees are welcome!

Adopt the STARS Leadership Corps Model

The Corps is a curricular or co-curricular service-learning program that fosters student-led regional engagement. Find out how your institution can become part of STARS today!

Find a STARS partner near you

Community partners are vital to the mission of STARS. If you are currently implementing K-12 outreach and service learning, learn how STARS students can help implement your existing programs.

Join the STARS Online Community

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