For the 2020 Spring Semester Morehouse will be offering a 400 level course called Broadening Participation in Computing. The Broadening Participation in Computing course is the first course in the nation of its kind. The goal of this course is to introduce students to current methods and recent advances in broadening participation in computer science (CS) and computational thinking(CT). In addition, students will focus on designing, developing, and piloting instructional materials that integrate CS and CT into middle school classrooms.
In 2019 Morehouse College launched the first and only undergraduate Software Engineering Program at an HBCU. Recently This February, Morehouse was awarded a grant from Boeing TMCF HBCU Strategy Team to fund the growth and development of the Software Engineering Degree program. This grant will provide funding for accreditation fees, a robust tutorial program, student organization support, and classroom enhancements.
The CRCL is partnering with Dell Technologies to instruct a Special Topics course titled “Intro to Cybersecurity” for the spring semester at Morehouse. This course will be co-taught by guest lectures who are local cybersecurity and technology professionals that work in a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, SecureWorks. Topics such as Cybersecurity Basics, Security Tools and Threat Intelligence will be covered. The students taking the course will have exposure to full-time and internship opportunities with SecureWorks.
The CRCL partnered with The Lee County Youth Development Center in Opelika, AL and the Razor Foundation in a three-day workshop that used Sphero robotics to introduce students to basic coding concepts using block programming and Java Script. The workshop ran from January 11-13 where there were 27 participants, a mix of boys and girls ranging from junior high to high school age. The lab had undergraduate students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University teaching the coding concepts. A competition was held on the last day, which gave participants an opportunity to showcase everything they had learned.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a trio of investigators, including Culturally Relevant Computing Lab Director Kinnis Gosha, $100,000 (Award Abstract #1903909) to host a workshop that assist in the development of strategies that address fairness, ethics, accountability, and transparency (FEAT) in computing-based research, practice, and educational effects. The workshop will be developed to bring together diverse researchers with FEAT-related expertise to explore best practices and integrate disparate approaches. The workshop will be hosted at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on August 29-30th. Click here to read more about the grant
Kevin Tolliver, an undergraduate researcher in the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab (CRCL) , participated in the 2019 Dell Technologies Sales Competition at Morehouse College. The competition required students to act as a Sales Engineer and close a deal with a multinational consumer electronics retailer in a modern scenario. Out of 20 teams, Kevin’s group placed third in the competition. Kevin is thankful for the experience and describes it as beneficial because he was able to experience being a Sales Engineer and that the opportunity provided him with skills to prepare a proper presentation. He also accounts that the program improved his researching skills regarding potential client preparation. For the Fall semester of 2019, Dell Technologies collaborated with Morehouse College in the instruction of a Special Topics course in Sales Engineering under Dell’s Project Immersion Initiative.
Throughout the fall semester the CRCL will host Opportunity Hub (OHUB) Facebook workshops that will focus on teaching technical interview behaviors, problem solving skills, and writing code to insure students have the best chances to succeed in future technical interviews.
On Tuesday October 1st, Morehouse College hosted the Fall STEM Symposium. As a part of the symposium a poster session was held where two of the CRCL researchers, Tristian Pittman, Post-bacc researcher, and Chase Christmas Undergrad Research Assistant had the opportunity to present their posters.
The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote, and celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to: celebrate, connect, obtain, and be inspired. This year's theme was entitled "Diversity: Building a Stronger Future." The STARS celebration was co-located with the Tapia conference as well.
The STARS program features sessions on best practices in broadening participation in computing, hands-on training workshops for conducting computer science outreach programs for K-12 students, professional development sessions for both faculty and students, and a student poster session highlighting computing research, outreach, and service projects. This year from the CRCL undergrad researchers Chase Christmas, Darren Giles, and Research Scientist David Cherry attended the conference where they were able to network with other researchers, and see ways in which Tapia and STARS push for diversity in computer science.
Twitter recruiter, Lejorne Lyes and several of his colleagues hosted a tech talk informational session for Clark, Morehouse, and Spelman students. During this talk students learned about the various internship opportunities Twitter offers, and the overall working environment at Twitter.