Middle School Pathways to Computer Science

Purpose:  This project is designed to increase student awareness of computer science careers and to motivate students to pursue high school (and beyond) educational pathways to these careers.  The project provides middle school students with technology-rich experiences to develop computational thinking skills and computer science knowledge that can transfer across disciplines and into career settings.

  • Partners:
    • School Districts: Everett Public Schools and Medford Public Schools
    • University Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell
    • Non-Profit Organization Partner: Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC)

About the project:
The Middle School Pathways in Computer Science project brings creative computing experiences to middle school students.  The project is a collaborative of two Massachusetts school districts (Everett and Medford Public Schools), one university (University of Massachusetts Lowell), one non-profit education technology collaborative (Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative) and community members in STEM careers.  The project will support the development of mobile apps by middle school students.  Participating teachers develop and deliver a 15-20 hour computing curriculum that is integrated into their existing district technology, engineering and other content area courses during the school year.  The project also conducts summer camps for students from each participating middle school.  The computer science curriculum includes creative project work and career awareness activities.  Using MITs AppInventor, a program used to develop mobile apps, students develop their own apps that address socially relevant needs in their communities.  University computer science students and industry professionals will visit project classrooms and work with middle school students.
Project Activities (link)
Contact Information
Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC)
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA
Telephone: 781-391-6917

Funding Provided by:
National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers(ITEST) Program.