Surprising Possibilities Imagined and Realized through Information Technology (SPIRIT2)


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Seventy five high school teachers learn to use the Alice programming tool to enhance STEM, English, Spanish, etc. instruction, and, along with 45 guidance counselors and 225 high school students, learn about appealing aspects of IT to encourage more students, especially girls, to study IT in college.
Project Information
Cohort: 
5 (2007/2008-2010/2011)
Category: 
Comprehensive
Principal Investigator: 
Alka Harriger
Co-Principal Investigator(s): 
Hubert Dunsmore
Kyle Lutes
Sponsor: 
Purdue University
Primary Focus: 
Computer Science - Programming and Other
programming
Organization Location City: 
West Lafayette
Organization Location Region/State: 
East North Central
Indiana (IN)
Where project work happens: 
East North Central
Illinois (IL)
Indiana (IN)
Ohio (OH)
Pacific
California (CA)
Other Area(s) of Focus: 
Bioscience
biotechnology
Computer Science - Programming and Other
computer hardware
general skills and mathematics
multimedia – audio, video and animation
web development
Computer Science – Gaming & Simulations
Engineering
robotics
Participant type: 
Black or African American
Hispanic/Latino
High School Teachers
Guidance Counselors
High School Students
Girls
Target Area: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Award Number: 
0737679
Overview Section

Surprising Possibilities Imagined and Realized through Information Technology (SPIRIT) encourages women to pursue computer-related careers so as to provide a better gender balance in the Information Technology (IT) workplace. The SPIRIT project provides seventy-five high school teachers with professional development experiences using Alice, a programming tool that enhances STEM instruction while simultaneously demonstrating appealing aspects of IT. The teachers, along with 45 counselors and 225 students, also learn about a wide range of career options in IT. Before leaving the institute, the teachers develop a plan for using Alice-based lessons in their classrooms during the school year. The SPIRIT team serves as a resource to the teachers throughout the school year as they use Alice to support classroom instruction. It is expected that the Alice interventions will increase the interest level of the students, both for STEM subject areas as well as for IT. The summative evaluation plan is designed to determine if this expectation is met.