Daniela Marghitu

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You've been asked to talk to an elementary or high school class about Computer Science, but how can you ensure that the talk is engaging? Or perhaps you're trying to introduce a concept from Computer Science to a school group, but you want a fun way to get the class engaged. This workshop is a hands-on introduction to Computer Science Unplugged(More)
We describe a three-stage model of computing instruction beginning with a simple, highly scaffolded programming environment (Kodu) and progressing to more challenging frameworks (Alice and Lego NXT-G). In moving between frameworks, students explore the similarities and differences in how concepts such as variables, conditionals, and looping are realized.(More)
Outreach activities including Computer Science Unplugged demonstrate computer science concepts at schools and public venues based around kinesthetic activities rather than hands-on computer use. Computer Science Unplugged is a global project that has shared many such activities for children to adults using no technology, including how binary numbers(More)
Information Technology (IT) offers a wide range of opportunities for education and career enhancement for those who have access to the technologies they employ. However, many people find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide that separates those with access to new technologies and those without. Even if they have access to these technologies,(More)
Students with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to majoring or having a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It is well known that innovative hands-on science and math activities increase the content knowledge and confidence of students with disabilities thereby increasing their likelihood of majoring(More)
Project Expression is a course designed to attract students into the field of computing. Participants are trained in Java programming and the art of multimedia production. By implementing a wide range of apps they learn cloud communication techniques in a software environment. The course focuses on a digital film project and participants are challenged with(More)
—The modern world continues to change as Information Technology (IT) related applications proceed to evolve at a rapid pace. The need for IT continues to grow as we begin to meaningfully engage its products in both business and the academic settings. The increased need for information security, networking and database expertise after 9/11 followed by the(More)
Block languages (e.g., Scratch, Snap!, Alice, App Inventor, Blockly) offer a gentle introduction to programming and have been adopted widely in both K-12 and CS0 courses. However, block languages often are dependent on the mouse/keyboard for input and typically are visual in their output and representation. Because of these dependencies, students with a(More)
As part of the new and bold NSF INCLUDES initiative, we introduce the SouthEast Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM) whose goal is to increase the representation of students and faculty with disabilities in all STEM fields. The SEAPD-STEM is an alliance consisting of 22 higher ed institutions including community colleges, four-year(More)