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Educational Initiatives


UMBC has been chosen as one of a select group of university computer science and information technology departments to participate in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative, which is aimed at increasing the representation of women and students of color in undergraduate computing majors. Through BRAID, UMBC has sent students to the Grace Hopper Conference, pursued initiatives to increase diversity and retention, and participated in a national research study on effective practices for fostering diversity.

Learn more about BRAID.

CS Matters in Maryland

The “CS Matters in Maryland” project, an NSF-funded partnership of UMBC, the University of Maryland, College Park, and Maryland high school teachers and administrators has the goal of providing high-quality computing education to all K-12 students in Maryland by increasing the number of rigorous computer science classes offered across the state and the number and diversity of students taking these classes. The project has created the “CS Matters” curriculum for the new AP CS Principles course and has offered training workshops to nearly 100 high school teachers.

Learn more about CS Matters in Maryland.

Grand Challenge Scholars Program

The UMBC Grand Challenge Scholars Program is designed for students from all majors who want to help solve important problems facing society. This structured program provides a vibrant interdisciplinary community to help tackle the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges, and gives students experience and skills to help create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Learn more about the UMBC Grand Challenge Scholars Program.
UMBC Grand Challenge Scholars Program 2017 Presentations
[YouTube Playlist — 16 videos]

Increasing Student Participation, Interest and Recruitment in Engineering and Science

Bringing together partners from UMBC engineering and education and the Baltimore County Public School System, the goal of Increasing Student Participation, Interest and Recruitment in Engineering and Science (INSPIRES) is to strengthen teachers’ ability to integrate engineering design concepts and practices with science learning to support the Baltimore County Public Schools teaching and learning framework and prepare globally competitive students.

Learn more about INSPIRES.

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national not-for-profit organization that develops science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools. UMBC has created both pre-service and in-service programs designed to prepare teachers to deliver pre-engineering curriculum in the middle and high school classroom. UMBC also provides opportunities for high school students to receive college credit for completing the PLTW pre-engineering pathway in high school.

Learn more about Project Lead The Way.


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