Code Okie: Three Years of Growth, Adaptation, and Impact!

Rashed Alrashed, Kendall Babb, Miranda Babb, Xavier Boomershine, Diep Nguyen, Sila Tamang, and Dr. Grace Park, Department of Computer Science, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Drive, Edmond Oklahoma 73034

There is a noticeable lack of Computer Science (CS) courses available in Oklahoma high schools that accurately represent the computing curriculum and field as it is utilized in college and career, respectively. In addition, the CS population is rife with gaps in ethnic and gender diversity. Over the course of three years, the CS Ambassadors, composed of six undergraduate students, attempted to close these gaps. They jointly promoted interest in CS through the “Code Okie: One Line at a Time” coding workshop. Consisting of three modules - Scratch, Raspberry Pi, and Robotics, the Code Okie workshop exposes high school students to an introductory course in programming. This includes utilizing two programming languages and their respective environments while emphasizing an array of disciplines in the computing field. The CS Ambassadors composed and taught the lesson plans outlining game development with Scratch, hardware and software interactions with Raspberry Pi, and industry use with Robotics. To identify student demographics and student dispositions towards CS, we conducted pre- and post-surveys. Our analysis of the data collected between 2017 and 2019 with a population size of 85 did not reveal any significant relationship between gender and disposition towards CS. However, correlation between gender and desired college majors of high school students was indicated with the P-value less than 0.05. To measure the effectiveness of the workshop with regard to student learning, we created pre- and post-tests in the summer camps of 2018 and 2019. The tests were conducted for first-time attendees. Due to low test scores in 2018, we implemented review quizzes and attendance incentives this year. The population size was too small to draw a conclusion about the effectiveness of the pedagogical change, but the results were positive. Test scores in 2019 increased for all modules in comparison to the previous year.


Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Kendall Babb, Miranda Babb, Sila Tamang, Rashed Alrashed, Xavier Boomershine, Diep Nguyen

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma

Type: Poster

Subject: Computer Science

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 4
Date/Time: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Number: 3672