Mobile CSP

Teach AP CSP with Mobile CSP!

Mobile CSP offers a College Board endorsed curriculum and professional development for teachers. 

Starting in 2013, Trinity College, in partnership with the Hartford Public School District, the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, and other Hartford area high schools, committed to training at least 30 Connecticut high school teachers to teach computing courses in Connecticut high schools that currently do not teach computer science. The project has exceeded that goal and has now trained over 600 teachers! The course is based on a mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum, Mobile CSP, which uses the new mobile computing language, MIT's App Inventor for Android, to provide a rigorous, programming-based introduction to computational thinking. Student projects focus on building socially useful, place-based mobile apps using the App Inventor programming language. In this way, student learning will be associated closely with their interests and grounded in their schools, their homes, and their communities. The Mobile CSP project has three main goals:

  1. To develop a rigorous computer science principles curriculum based on mobile computing;
  2. to teach it to Connecticut teachers in Immersion (50 hour) or Extended (90-100 hour) summer workshops; and
  3. to support participating teachers in their effort to implement the courses in Connecticut schools that do not currently teach computer science.

The 2013-2014 cohort of teachers were drawn primarily from the Hartford, Connecticut school district, a district whose students come mostly from demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds that have been underrepresented in computer science. In subsequent years, the project expanded to schools nationwide.

Project Website: www.mobile-csp.org

Core Team

  • Ralph Morelli, Principal Investigator, Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College
  • Chinma Uche, Co-PI, President of the CT-Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Jennifer Rosato, Computer Information Systems, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • Chery Lucarelli, School of Education, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • Pauline Lake, Mobile CSP Teaching Consultant/Project Administrative Assistant
  • Cassandra Broneak, Mobile CSP Data Specialist
  • Beryl Hoffman, Computer Information Technology, Elms College, Chicopee, MA
  • Lawrence Baldwin, Evaluation Consultant, MA
  • Dave Wolber, Computer Science, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Trishan de Lanerolle, CS10K Faciliator for Mobile-CSP

Collaborating Organizations

  • Trinity College
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Humanitarian FOSS Project
  • CREC Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science
  • Wethersfield High School
  • CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
  • Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
  • Tolland High School
  • Joseph A. Foran High School
  • Jonathan Law High School
  • Hall High School
  • Conard High School
  • Connecticut River Academy
  • University High School of Science and Engineering
  • CREC Metropolitan Learning Center
  • Westbrook High School
  • Kolbe Cathedral High School
  • Quinebaug Middle College
  • Manchester High School
  • Simsbury High School
  • Trumbull High School
  • Connecticut IB Academy
  • East Lyme High School
  • Newington High School
  • Enfield High School
  • Ellington High School
  • South Windsor High School
  • Francis T. Maloney High School
  • Platt High School
  • Westhill High School
  • And many more nationwide!

Click here to see a map of our partner schools

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