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In collaboration with Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama and several other partners, Auburn University College of Education faculty members Melody L. Russell and David Shannon are the recipients of a National Science Foundation, or NSF, grant award. The project, entitled “CS10K: The Tuskegee Partnership to Establish Computer Science Education in the Alabama Black Belt,” has a total award amount across all three institutions of $999,997.

Russell, an associate professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, will serve as co-PI and lead researcher for the project. Shannon, professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, will serve as project evaluator.

This NSF-funded project is designed to broaden participation in computer science for students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds in the historic Alabama Black Belt region. More specifically, this project establishes an Exploring Computer Science, or ECS, curriculum in high schools across 19 school districts for 9th and 10th graders. In addition, 60 in-service teachers will participate in rigorous ECS teacher professional development with a focus on both content and pedagogy for teachers in computer science instruction. The research agenda, along with the rigorous evaluation plan, will advance knowledge in computer science education for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM in the Alabama Black Belt region.