Future Leaders in Algorithms, Mathematics, and Engineering Sciences is the second stage in our STARS outreach program, this time targeting High School students. Similar to SPARCS, we meet about one Saturday a month and tackle fun computer science and programming topics. Our focus this year is software engineering and the theme is infusing computing into STEAM. Learn more at our outreach website: http://go.ncsu.edu/starsoutreach
Drawing on expertise of award-winning US educators in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math and Learning Management System applications, we've partnered with Mothering Across Continents to bring Seymore Papert's Constructionist Learning to secondary students in Rwanda through the Pivot Academy Program. Pivot Academy focuses on giving students the chance to learn through project-based learning, including low-cost demonstrations and tablet-based experiments. This three prong program incorperates teacher professional development, student learning, and accessible lessons for reinforcment learning aligned with the country's mandated national STEM curriculum and IB standards.
In 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the Cap Haitian area of Haiti to work with Haitian schools and students to promote computing literacy. Through a joint effort with Mothering Across Continents, the Waveplace Foundation, and the support of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and the STARS Computing Corps, we visited three Haitian schools to provide digital literacy lessons and mentor training. I also had the opportunity to install software, servers, and set up Internet access at Tremesse school. Giving their students and community access to a number of new educational platforms.
STARS Computing Corps is a community of practice for student-led regional engagement as a means to broaden participation in computing. The NCSU STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service) Student Leadership Corps (SLC) is a student organization that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about computer science careers, participate in service and outreach programs to local schools, engage in research, meet with leaders in the computer field.
SPARCS is a middle school outreach program aimed at broadening participation in Computer Science. Initaited in October 2007, SPARCS offers monthly Saturday sessions to introduce students to fun and interesting concepts in Computer Science. Sessions typically run 4-5 hours and during each session a workshop will be organized by SPARCS mentors who are knowledgeable students studying Computer Science in College. These monthly workshops include hands-on learning activities to introduce the students to computer science concepts and practical applications. Sample workshops include game development, web design, and LEGO Mindstorm robotics. Recently a large focus of the SPARCS project has been on documentation and empirical data to evaluate and improve the program moving forward. More information is available at http://go.ncsu.edu/stars_sparcs