Special Projects 2020

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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 2020.

Developing criteria for K-12 learning resources in computer science that challenge stereotypes and promote diversity

Sue Sentance, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Cambridge, UK
Hayley Leonard, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Cambridge, UK
Award date: November 2020

Description: This project aims to broaden participation in computing and address the needs of diverse learners in K-12 by developing a set of guidelines for teaching resources that are informed by culturally-responsive pedagogy.

Big Ideas of Cryptography

Michael Lodi,, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Marco Sbaraglia, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Simone Martini, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Award date: November 2020

Description: This project aims to build a “Principles of Cryptography” learning path, specifically designed for secondary school students.

Student communication during group projects: Reporting on gender bias language

Rita Garcia, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Award date: November 2020

Description: The goal of this project is to determine whether gender bias occurs during students’ group work communication that might build the barriers that female contributors experience while working on software projects.

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