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Amy Greenwald Helps Coordinate The Inaugural Artificial Intelligence For Social Good Conference

Professor Amy Greenwald of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS), along with colleagues from Harvard University, the Computing Community Consortium, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other organizations, have just returned from the successful Artificial Intelligence for Social Good conference, which they co-organized. Held in Washington, DC, the ...

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Student’s Senior Thesis Becomes Gates Foundation-Funded Project

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

For most students a senior thesis represents a valuable learning exercise and the culmination of several years of careful study. Brown University senior Wilson Cusack’s was certainly both of those, but it’s also about to be an international agricultural technology project sponsored by the Bill ...

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The White House Cites Bootstrap's Contributions To Maryland's Successful

A recent post on the White House's blog mentions the Charles County (Maryland) Public School District, and their efforts to provide computer science education to all students. One of the key elements of this program is Bootstrap, a computer science literacy curriculum used by 10,000 students in 17 states and five countries whose ...

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New Opportunities In CS: An SMS-Based Commodity Exchange In Ghana

by Wilson Cusack

For my undergraduate thesis, I am building an SMS-based commodity and transport exchange that I am planning to work on full-time in Ghana after graduating. Below is some reflection on my journey to this and the career culture in computer science.  

Background

My interest in agriculture came when I took a year ...

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The Atlantic Features Brown CS Alum Lyla Fujiwara's Use Of CS In The Peace Corps

"The night before school ended," Brown CS alum Lyla Fujiwara writes of the girl's computer camp that she developed for the Peace Corps in Rwanda, "one of my brightest students talked about how she hadn't been interested in her computer studies, but after my class discovered she had a passion for programming. Others ...

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"We want to bring computing to all, but which all do we mean?" ask Kathi FislerShriram Krishnamurthi, and Emmanuel Schanzer, co-directors of Bootstrap, one of the nation's leading computer science literacy programs, in a recent BLOG@CACM post. "There’s one natural interpretation —probably the one imagined by most of the general public ...

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RI Robot Block Party Returns On April 9

The robots return! Rhode Island Robot Block Party will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Pizzitola Sports Center (235 Hope Street).

Rhode Island Robot Block Party, an expo founded by the Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative ...

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Bootstrap Partners With Infosys Foundation USA, Creating Scholarships For CS Teacher Education At The Newly-Launched CSPdWeek

Bootstrap is a computer science literacy curriculum used by 10,000 students in 17 states and five countries whose founders include two Brown CS faculty members, Kathi Fisler (adjunct) and Shriram Krishnamurthi. It's just announced a new partnership to increase the reach of K-12 CS education by providing educators with new ways to teach ...

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BDH Praises Bootstrap's Contribution To Improving CS's Accessibility And Diversity

A recent Brown Daily Herald editorial about Bootstrap (a CS literacy curriculum used by 10,000 students in 17 states and five countries) strikes a note of appreciation: pride in the project's reach, in its efforts to be inclusive and effect cultural change, and in the fact that it two of its developers, Kathi ...

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Self-described as a "different kind of hackathon" designed with goals of inclusiveness, experimentation, learning, and collaboration in mind, Hack@Brown turned three this year and showed strong success on all counts. Held on February 6-7, 2015, with support from Brown CS and numerous corporate sponsors, the event brought in 450 students from as far away ...