Overcoming Obstacles to CS Education by Using Non-programming Outreach Programmes

  • Tim Bell
  • Paul Curzon
  • Quintin Cutts
  • Valentina Dagiene
  • Bruria Haberman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7013)


Formal Computer Science curricula in schools are currently in a state of flux, yet there is an urgency to have school students exposed to CS concepts so that they can make informed decisions about career paths. An effective way to address this is through outreach programmes that can operate outside or in conjunction with the formal education system. We compare 5 successful programmes. Each downplays programming as a pre-requisite skill for engaging with Computer Science ideas. This makes them accessible in short bursts without formal curriculum support. The formats used include contests, shows, magazine articles, and resources for teachers. We compare the 5 approaches to draw out key ideas for successfully addressing a school student audience. This can be used as the basis for designing new outreach programs.


CS Education Informatics Education K-12 outreach Information Technology Computational Thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Bell
    • 1
  • Paul Curzon
    • 2
  • Quintin Cutts
    • 3
  • Valentina Dagiene
    • 4
  • Bruria Haberman
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurch
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.University of GlasgowGlasgowScotland
  4. 4.Faculty of Mathematics and InformaticsVilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania
  5. 5.Holon Institute of TechnologyHolonIsrael
  6. 6.Davidson Institute of Science EducationWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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