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Passion, Beauty, Joy and Awe

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Overview


In 2006, computing education was suffering from a crisis – enrollments were dropping sharply at universities and colleges across the United States, and interest in computing from high school and middle school students was waning significantly. At the 2007 SIGCSE Symposium, the ACM Education Board organized a special session to explore the underlying causes. In his keynote at the same conference, Grady Booch exhorted us to share the “passion, beauty, joy and awe” (PBJA) of computing.

Fortunately, enrollments have been continually rising, and there are colleges where the numbers are so strong (returning to historic highs), that some claim the crisis is over. Some point to “the Facebook Factor” as the source of inspiration for many young students, claiming this is a “Sputnik moment." Many dispute this, however, citing statistics that indicate underrepresented students have not returned, and continuing negative connotations about the field. This PBJA “movement” was born out of this enrollment crisis, but is not tied to it.There is always value in sharing novel best practices and advocating techniques that make computing fun.

In the past, we tried to gather educators who brought a wide variety of perspectives (e.g., in 2010 we heard from international, domestic, high school, university and industrial representatives). At recent sessions, we’ve shifted from that “breadth-first” model to a “depth-first” one. This year we have invited three educators who have worked tirelessly toward broadening participation of computing to underrepresented groups. The hope with this panel is to be able to explore best practices in outreach, in terms of extolling the PBJA of computing.

 

SIGCSE '14

Abstract

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
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Jennifer Campbell Barbara Ericson

Rebecca Dovi Joanna Goode

Cay Horstmann
Cay Horstmann

SIGCSE '13

Abstract

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
Daniel GarciaPPT | PDF

Valerie Barr Barbara Ericson

Mark Guzdial Joanna Goode

David J. Malan
Colleen Lewis

SIGCSE '12

Abstract

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
Daniel GarciaPPT | PDF

Barbara Ericson Barbara Ericson

Joanna Goode Joanna Goode

Colleen Lewis
Colleen Lewis

SIGCSE '11

Abstract

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
Daniel D. GarciaSIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Michelle Hutton Michelle Friend Hutton SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Eugene Lemon Eugene Lemon SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Josh Paley
Josh Paley SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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SIGCSE '10

Abstract

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
Daniel D. GarciaSIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Gail ChapmanGail Chapman SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Orit HazzanOrit Hazzan SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Maggie Johnson Maggie JohnsonSIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM

Leigh Ann Sudol Leigh Ann Sudol SIGCSE-PBJA3-2010-LS PPT | PDF

SIGCSE '09

 

Abstract
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008

 

Moderator
Daniel Garcia
Daniel D. Garcia SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM PPT | PDF

Alison Young Alison Young SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM PPT | PDF

Zachary Dodds Zachary Dodds SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Eric Roberts Eric Roberts
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM PPT | PDF

Robb Cutler Robb Cutler SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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SIGCSE '08

Abstract
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008

 

Moderator
Andrew McGettrick
Andrew McGettrick SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM PPT | PDF

Daniel Garcia
Daniel D. Garcia
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-AM
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Chris Stephenson
Chris Stephenson
SIGCSE-PBJA-2008-CS
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Passion, Beauty, Joy & Awe