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$12.5 Million Grant to Increase Computer Science Instruction in ­rban Schools


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The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $12.5 million grant to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to fund MOBILIZE: Mobilizing for Innovative Computer Science Teaching and Learning, a new project designed to advance new and innovative computer science instruction in urban high schools. MOBILIZE will develop and implement hands-on projects for high school computer science courses. High school teachers will work with UCLA education faculty to develop new computer science materials that use mobile phone-based technologies to involve students in studying environmental and social processes.

"Through MOBILIZE, students will learn about collecting, analyzing, and representing data, enabling them to communicate their stories about issues that are of concern to them, their families, and their communities," says UCLA's Jane Margolis.

The project also will help develop teachers with expertise in both computer science content and pedagogy. The software, curricula, and research developed through MOBILIZE will be disseminated across the United States for use by other school districts.

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