Event Title

Session 1B: A Fusion of Computer Science Education with Law and Biology

Session Number

Session 1B: 1st Presentation

Advisor(s)

Robert Sloan, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location

Academic Pit

Start Date

28-4-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

28-4-2017 9:45 AM

Abstract

Increasing diversity in the booming field of computer science has long been a goal of educators. At Harvey Mudd College, interdisciplinary courses combining computer science and biology had a level of success. The goal of the project conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago was to create two new classes taught in the 2016-2017 school year, one Computer Science and Biology class, and one Computer Science and Law class. For the most part, we did not observe a significant increase in terms of racial or gender diversity, although there was a slight increase in Hispanic and African American enrollment in the law section. We also found that factors including difficulty of the course seem to have an impact on continued interest in computer science.

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Apr 28th, 8:30 AM Apr 28th, 9:45 AM

Session 1B: A Fusion of Computer Science Education with Law and Biology

Academic Pit

Increasing diversity in the booming field of computer science has long been a goal of educators. At Harvey Mudd College, interdisciplinary courses combining computer science and biology had a level of success. The goal of the project conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago was to create two new classes taught in the 2016-2017 school year, one Computer Science and Biology class, and one Computer Science and Law class. For the most part, we did not observe a significant increase in terms of racial or gender diversity, although there was a slight increase in Hispanic and African American enrollment in the law section. We also found that factors including difficulty of the course seem to have an impact on continued interest in computer science.