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Tri-P-LETS: Changing the Face of High School Computer Science
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JCMST Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

From 2004-2007, the University of Memphis carried out the NSF-funded Tri-P-LETS (Three P Learning Environment for Teachers and Students) project to improve local high-school computer science curricula. The project reached a total of 58 classrooms in eleven high schools emphasizing problem solving skills, programming concepts as opposed to syntax, and the use of a disciplined process. Graduate student Fellows from the university worked closely with local high-school teachers, being present in their classrooms as well as developing new lesson materials. Participating teachers used the AgentSheets simulation software to teach basic programming ideas and Lego Mindstorms robots to introduce students to object-oriented programming. This article describes some assignments used in the classroom and discusses how modern software engineering principles were integrated into the curriculum. It also presents the results from student and teacher evaluations of the project.

Citation

Sherrell, L., Malasri, K., Mills, D., Thomas, A. & Greer, J. (2012). Tri-P-LETS: Changing the Face of High School Computer Science. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 31(1), 61-85. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 23, 2019 from .