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Owen Astrachan Offers CS Principles Workshop on July 8

posted Jul 2, 2014, 8:06 AM by Drexel RET   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 8:07 AM ]
Owen Astrachan from Duke University, Principal Investigator of the Computer Science Principles project ( will visit Drexel on Tuesday, July 8.  CS Principles is a new course under development that seeks to broaden participation in computing and computer science. Development is being led by a team of computer science educators organized by the College Board and the National Science Foundation. Pilots are ongoing at the high school and college levels, including Drexel. The test will debut in May 2016 or later.

Owen will give a short talk about the latest developments in the AP CS Principles course, followed by a 1-hour interactive session.  After a lunch break, Owen will be available for continuation of the session activities and informal discussions.

10:30-11:00 "What’s New With AP CS Principles", in University Crossings 149
11:15-12:15 "Search: Programming and Computational Thinking"
12:30-1:30 lunch, in University Crossings 151
1:30-2:30 continuation of morning session, informal discussion


Search is equally a fundamental algorithm, a computational thinking idea, a way of exploring innovation and impact, and a lens through which we can explore computer science in any course, but particularly in Exploring Computer Science (ECS), CS Principles (CSP), and AP Computer Science A (APCSA). In this interactive session we will provide, and help the audience provide, background on three different kinds of search: binary search, contentID search (e.g., for audio in YouTube or Soundhound), and Pagerank. The examples will be useful in class or in professional development for teachers. We will discuss how these searches are related, how they differ, and how they can be used in every computer science course, but particularly looking at differences in ECS, CSP, and APCSA. We will provide detailed examples based on programming/coding activities, activities that don't require a computer, and activities that stress both computational thinking and the knowledge needed by today's cyber-citizens.

Sponsored by REThink CS @ Drexel, a Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science Site for Machine Learning, Big Data and CS Principles.  Supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-1301171.