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SPARCS from the University of Victoria: supporting sustainable and integrated outreach activities for educators and young minds

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dc.contributor.author Murdoch, J
dc.contributor.author St. Pierre, A
dc.contributor.author Coady, Y
dc.contributor.author Carruthers, S
dc.contributor.author Gibbs, C
dc.contributor.author Lonergan, S
dc.contributor.author Srivastava, Gautam
dc.contributor.author Stege, U
dc.contributor.author Yazir, O
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-21T22:48:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-21T22:48:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Murdoch, J; St. Pierre, AA; Coady, Y; Carruthers, S; Gibbs, C; Lonergan, S; Srivastava, G; Stege, U; Yazir, O; Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 International Summit, 2007 IEEE en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1472
dc.description ©2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. en
dc.description.abstract Although IT industry is flourishing, student enrolment in Computer Science and related Engineering post-secondary degree programs is low. The causes and issues surrounding this trend are diverse, inter-related, and vastly complex; a consensus may never be reached regarding the nature of these issues affected by both global and local factors. Is a consensus regarding underlying causes and best practices required to create and sustain an infrastructure for effective outreach? Perhaps not. In this article, we discuss five key supportive mechanisms that are critical to sustained and integrated outreach initiatives at the grassroots level. We discuss these mechanisms using the example of SPARCS (Solving Problems with Algorithms, Robots, and Computers), an initiative at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (BC), Canada. We further consider the tradeoffs associated with a vertical/centralized infrastructure versus a horizontal/distributed infrastructure. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher IEEE en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject Canada en
dc.subject computer science education en
dc.subject educational institutions en
dc.subject engineering education en
dc.subject integrated outreach activities en
dc.subject IT industry en
dc.subject sustainable activities en
dc.subject University of Victoria en
dc.title SPARCS from the University of Victoria: supporting sustainable and integrated outreach activities for educators and young minds en
dc.type Article en


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