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News of CS Principles



July 8-11, 2017: CSTA Annual Conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to Register.

April 27, 2017: The Maryland Computing Education Summit will be held at CCBC-Catonsville. Click here to view the schedule and program.

March 2017: CS Matters is officially endorsed by the College Board as a provider of CSP curriculum and pedagogical support.

July 10–12, 2016: CS Matters project leaders will give a presentation at the 2016 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

April 12, 2016: The Maryland Computing Education Summit was held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Click here to view the schedule and program.

April 8-12, 2016: A paper [pdf] on the collaborative curriculum drafting software created by CS Matters (and used to write our CSP curriculum) was presented at a roundtable session on teacher education at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

February 20-23, 2016: UMBC’s redesigned first-year computing course, COMP101, was presented in a poster session at the 35th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Orlando, Florida.

November 11, 2015: Marie desJardins (Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology, UMBC) was interviewed by Slate for an article on the gender imbalance in cybersecurity, “Hackathons Have a Gender Problem”

October 22, 2015: Marie desJardins (Associate Dean, COEIT, UMBC) has a featured article on, “The real reason U.S. students lag behind in computer science.”

July 15, 2015: The CS Matters ‘pilot teacher’ training workshops for CS Principles were covered by The Daily Record: “UM professors try to give computing broader appeal”

June 20, 2015: CSTA has published an article about the state of CS education in Maryland and the CS Matters project, in CSTA Voice, vol. 11, issue 3.

March 5, 2015: CS Matters was represented in the special session on “Computer Science Principles Curricula: On-the-Ground, Adoptable, Adaptable, Approaches to Teaching” at SIGCSE-2015.

December 10, 2014: The CS Matters project was featured in a recent article by the National Science Foundation (NSF), highlighting our work developing the AP CS Principles curriculum and expanding access to CS education.

June 17, 2014: UMBC CSEE Professor Marie desJardins was a guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. She was one of three experts discussing Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum with Kojo and callers. You can hear an audio recording of the broadcast on the segment’s page or download it from their podcast archives.

May 18, 2014: Aardman Animations, the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit, has teamed up with the Nominet Trust to launch Shaun’s Game Academy, a national competition that gives kids in the U.K. the opportunity to create a video game!

May 10, 2014: The University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosted a day long conference called The Athena Conference (TAC) as an initiative to introduce high school girls to technology and engineering fields. Check out pictures and the schedule from the fun-filled day!

May 5, 2014ACM issued a report urging education, business, and public policy leaders to expand Computer Science education for K-12.

April 30, 2014: Congratulations to Jaunice Harris from High Point High School, winner of our Finch Robot Drawing! Thank you to the 90 survey participants for your input!

April 23, 2014: Our very own Dr. Marie desJardins and’s Pat Yongpradit are quoted in the article reported by The Washington Post, “High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science”.

March 29, 2014: The Baltimore Sun report of students testing their cyber skills in a competition at Johns Hopkins APL.

March 19, 2014: The University of Maryland has claimed the 2013 national hacking championship, beating out more than 100 schools for the title.

February 11, 2014: Reported by the Baltimore Sun, Maryland remains No. 1 in the nation in AP.