Broadening accessibility to computer science for K-12 education

Mark K. Gardner, Wu-chun Feng
2010 Proceedings of the fifteenth annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education - ITiCSE '10  
Enrollments in computer science and computer engineering have decreased dramatically since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 even though it is projected that nearly three quarters of all science and engineering jobs in the future will be in these fields. Meeting this demand will require a substantial effort to inspire and motivate students as early as in the elementary school years. The challenge is to provide motivational access to computer science training, particularly for women and
more » ... in disadvantaged areas. We consider three approaches for broadening accessibility to software that teaches computer science fundamentals: (1) virtualization, (2) self-contained live CDs, and (3) web browser-based deployment. While the work is ongoing, initial results are quite promising. Next steps include a more formal and much wider deployment to 3rd-5th grade classes in ten elementary schools in rural Virginia. 1 The computer BIOS boot order must also be set to try the CD-ROM before the hard drive. While permanently changing this setting is not overly difficult, it can be intimidating. Fortunately, many manufacturers, such as Dell, use BIOSs that can temporarily boot from a CD-ROM if a specific key is pressed during the boot sequence.
doi:10.1145/1822090.1822155 dblp:conf/iticse/GardnerF10 fatcat:baene2ygqjegtgyncchw7ayrri