Special Projects 2011

Since 2003 SIGCSE has awarded a limited number of Special Projects Grants each year. These grants help SIGCSE members investigate and introduce new ideas in the learning and teaching of computing. Projects must provide some clear benefit to the wider disciplinary community in the form of new knowledge, developing or sharing of a resource, or good practice in learning, teaching, or assessment.

Here is a list of the awards given in 2011:

Learning About Network Security Threats in a Safe, Easy Sandbox
Michael Jipping (jipping@hope.edu)
Award: $5,000
Award Date: November 2011

This proposal describes a project to create exercises that allow demonstration
of network security threats. The exercises will be easy to set up and
demonstrate and will be usable to experimentation. Virtual machines will be
preconstructed for scripted setup and execution.

Robotics Training for Rural and Urban Middle School Teachers
Jeff Gray (gray@cs.ua.edu)
Award: $2,500
Award Date: August 2011

We have 30 existing robots that we plan to loan to rural and inner-city schools
throughout the state of Alabama. This Special Project would provide the travel
to support the weekend training of 15 teachers. Additionally, the project would
supply the plaques and awards for our state-wide K-12 robotics contest.

Teaching HS Computer Science as if the Rest of the World Existed
Scott Portnoff (srp4379@lausd.net)
Award: $2,500
Award Date: August 2011

Design, Implementation and Rationale for a HS CS Curriculum of Interdisciplinary
Central-Problem-Based (ICPB) Units that Model Real-World Applications. Units
address the complexities of solving central problems in the fields of Astronomy,
Molecular Modeling, Political Science (Voting), Environmental Science,
Bioinformatics/Evolution, Music, and Ethics/Holocaust Studies.

Managing Student Deliverables in a Collaborative Online Game Design Course
Ursula Wolz (wolzu@montclair.edu)
Award: $2,500
Award Date: August 2011

Game design is a means to motivate students to pursue coursework in computer
science. Since teacher expertise is sparse, a solution is to create online
courses. This project pilots effective transfer of a highly collaborative
pedagogy with a paper-based student deliverables procedure to a fully online
experience.