Creative Computing Challenge

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Creative Computing Challenge

teachers Learn to apply technology to real-world challenges.

We provide professional development and curriculum resources for teachers at New Hampshire’s Career and Technology Education centers and engage hundreds of high school students, specifically those populations underrepresented in computing education. The majority of these students live in metropolitan areas with the largest minority groups and in rural communities with the highest poverty levels in the state.

Today's high school students need technology skills to be competitive in the 21st century.

Students across the state are learning computational thinking and engaging in more rigorous computing by developing their own mobile applications using App Inventor, a free and open-source programming language and platform. They also have opportunities to meet and learn from computing professionals about computing careers in the state.

This ultimate goal is to build a model for partnerships between Cooperative Extension 4-H, high school teachers, and professionals in the field which can be replicated and adapted nationwide.

CS4NH

Two years into the CCC project, the national CS4ALL (Computer Science for All students) initiative was launched. In New Hampshire, the CCC leadership saw the opportunity to establish a partnership between the Creative Computing Challenge project work (building access to relevant computing education) and the development of CS4NH. CS4NH is now a working group of business/industry, non-profits, and K-12/higher education members collaborating to bring computer science to all New Hampshire K-12 students. CS4NH is the statewide leadership organization through which improving computer science accessibility and participation for NH students will happen.

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Partner Institutions: University of New Hampshire Manchester, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, The Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, New Hampshire Department of Education

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