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NSF Antes Up $200K For Spin-off of Microsoft-Funded 'Code Trip' TV Show 22

theodp writes: The Microsoft-sponsored PBS 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark partnered to send three students across the U.S. on a "transformative journey into computer science" is getting a spin-off. According to the National Science Foundation Award Abstract for a Computer Science Roadtrip (CS Roadtrip), $199,866.00 in funding has been awarded for a pilot project that began in October "to design and develop pilot materials for a Computer Science Roadtrip (CS Roadtrip)."

From the abstract: "Through this pilot project, Roadtrip Nation will lay the groundwork and provide proof-of-concept for a CS Roadtrip, leveraging a combination of multimedia deliverables, an evidence-based educational curriculum, and dynamic engagement strategies that will provide critical connections between students' natural interests, positive role models who align with those interests, and corresponding CS educational and career pathways. To that end, the CS Roadtrip Pilot will develop up to four student-facing videos that feature the stories of diverse computing professionals, appropriate for on-air, online, and classroom purposes, along with the appropriate Learning Guides."

The NSF study's Principal Investigator is Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner, who explained his company's relationship with Microsoft in a July 30th press release, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives."
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NSF Antes Up $200K For Spin-off of Microsoft-Funded 'Code Trip' TV Show

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  • erm (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I'm a coder, and I'd rather go to a fun place like a water park.

    Those poor kids...

  • by Zobeid ( 314469 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @04:09PM (#51036197)

    Look around you!

    Look around you!

    Just look around you!

    There. . . Now take a closer look! Have you worked out what we're looking for?

    Correct! The answer is: Computer Science!

    Please ensure that you have your copybook at hand, as you'll be asked to take down notes from the screen at various points through the program.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sexist shite.

  • by ArhcAngel ( 247594 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @04:38PM (#51036421)

    From the abstract: "Through this pilot project, Roadtrip Nation will lay the groundwork and provide proof-of-concept for a CS Roadtrip, leveraging a combination of multimedia deliverables, an evidence-based educational curriculum, and dynamic engagement strategies (a triple score!!!) that will provide critical connections between students' natural interests, positive role models who align with those interests, and corresponding CS educational and career pathways. To that end, the CS Roadtrip Pilot will develop up to four student-facing videos that feature the stories of diverse computing professionals, appropriate for on-air, online, and classroom purposes, along with the appropriate Learning Guides."

    This sure reads like a marketing pitch at an ISV. This should be part of next week's Dilbert run.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I don't know why we're trying so hard. Does someone have the history on the uptake of, say, football? Did we have to take people around on tour buses to explain the benefits of football? Was there some dawning moment when we all decided it was cool and started high-fiving and smashing LCD TVs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTybnUFEEwM) literally over a round ball, some guys, and some grass?

      Maybe we should just give up. It's okay for Computer Science to be boring - we don't have to force ourselves to be in

  • by Anonymous Coward

    FTFA

    "transformative journey into computer science"

    Or traveling salesmen.

  • My feelings on this align with a certain activist's:

    https://gnu.org/education/educ... [gnu.org]

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