Many countries, including the United States, have recently faced the problem
of declining numbers of students majoring in computing, despite an increasing
demand from employers for such skills. The situation is even worse for female
and under-represented students. These research projects aimed to broaden
participation in computing.
CS Unplugged activities teach students the kind of thinking that is expected
of a computer scientist via activities, games, magic tricks, and competitions. The
Unplugged activities involve problem solving to achieve a goal, and in the process
introduce students to fundamental concepts from Computer Science.
This project will do a systematic evaluation of CS Unplugged activities in five local middle
The lack of role models, a lack of mentoring, a lack of feeling like one belongs,
and the lack of a supportive community are all barriers to participation.
CS CONNECT is an online social networking app designed to create a stronger
community among CS@Mines students and faculty.
Rodriguez, B., Kennicutt, S., Rader, C. and Camp, T. (2017).
Assessing Computational Thinking in CS Unplugged Activities,
Proceedings of SIGCSE '17, March 8-11, Seattle, WA
Fisher, W., Rader, C. and Camp, T. (2016). Online Programming Tutors or
Paper Study Guides? Proceedings of Frontiers in Education (FIE 2016),
October 12-15, Erie, PA.
Rodriguez, B., Rader, C. and Camp, T. (2016). Using Student Performance
to Assess CS Unplugged Activities in a Classroom Environment, Proceedings of
ITiCSE ’16, July 09-13, Arequipa, Peru.
Thiagarajan, D., Hurley, C., Bajwa, A. and Rader, C. (2014). It's a NUI World:
Incorporating: Natural User Interfaces in an HCI Course, Proceedings of
Frontiers in Education, Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS 2014),
Las Vegas, NV.
Krause, J., Polycarpou, I., and Rader, C. (2012). Formal Learning Groups
in an Introductory CS Course: A Qualitative Exploration. Proceedings of the
17th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science
Education (ITiCSE 12), Haifa, Israel
Rader, C., Hakkarinen, D., Moskal, B. and Hellman, H. (2011). Exploring
the Appeal of Socially Relevant Computing: Are Students Interested in
Socially Relevant Problems? In Proceedings of the 42nd SIGCSE Technical
Symposium on Computer Science Education (Dallas, TX, United States, March 9-12, 2011).
Stone, K., Polycarpou, I., Krause, J. and Rader, C. (2011). Electronic
Collaborative Learning in Math-City, In the Proceedings of the 2011 International
Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Polycarpou, I., Rader, C., and Kembel, C. (2011). Sun Tracker: A K-12 Solar
Energy Simulation. In the Proceedings of the Global Conference on Learning and
Technology – Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1519-1528.
Vargo, B., Rader, C., Camp, T. (2011). Encouraging Participation in Computer
Science with CONNECT. In the Proceedings of the 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education
Conference, Rapid City, SD.
I. Polycarpou, J. Krause, C. Rader, C. Kembel, C. Poupore and E. Chiu,
Math-City: an educational game for K-12 mathematics. Procedia Social and Behavioral
Sciences 9 (2010) 845-850.
Probst, A., Krishniswamy, A., Singh, V. Moskal, B. and Rader, C. (2009).
Culturally-relevant Science Curriculum - Efforts in a Secondary School - Uganda.
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Proceedings, Austin, TX.
CONNECT Poster, 2013 CE21 PI and Community Meeting, Portland, OR, January 15-16, 2013
Unplugged Poster, 2013 CE21 PI and Community Meeting, Portland, OR, January 15-16, 2013