Overview

The Computer Science Collaboration Project uses the most successful elements of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) to connect the various alliances and K-12 outreach organizations that are part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) community, specifically focusing on outreach to and collaboration with persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and women.

The vision of the CSC Project is to efficiently increase participation of underrepresented groups in computer science opportunities and activities by effectively building collaborations between K-12, community-based organizations, higher education and industry.

The goals of the Computer Science Collaboration Project are to:

  1. An older student helps a younger one on a computer.Build collaborations between CSC Project participants from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to increase participation and engagement of underrepresented youth in computer science opportunities and activities.
  2. Maximize access to shared resources among representatives from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry that are interested in expanding and broadening participation in computer science.
  3. Strengthen the capacity of existing and evolving K-12 formal and informal programs in computer science by supporting the use of exemplary practices.

Building on the NGCP's innovative model to facilitate and support collaboration among practitioners serving girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Computer Science Collaboration Project includes in-person and online collaboration opportunities, mini-grants as an incentive for collaborative projects, and dissemination of research-based practices via a Web site, webcasts, and in professional development events. Project activities are designed to bring organizations together, facilitate connections, encourage and support collaborative projects, and to provide targeted professional development.

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