Models for computer scinece K-12 outreach activities

Brad Richards, University of Puget Sound
Laurie Murphy, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Portland, Portland, OR
Brent Wilson, George Fox University, Newberg, OR


It is widely known that our computer science students do not reflect the diversity of the population at large [1]. One method for encouraging broader participation in computer science is to design and deploy outreach activities targeted for K-12 students [2,3,4]. Goals for outreach activities are numerous: to provide a more accurate view of the computer science discipline, to increase students' confidence in their CS abilities, to provide opportunities for students to meet working professionals, and to counter negative stereotypes about the computing culture. Outreach activities can vary widely in terms of target audience, duration, and overall objective; therefore, it might seem daunting to design and deploy outreach activities. The goal for this panel is to provide models of outreach activities for audience members to import for use in their own communities and institutions.