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Doing Business As Name:University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Kathleen Lodl
  • (402) 472-9012
  • Janet Golden
  • Saundra W Frerichs
Award Date:08/30/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 297,313
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 297,313
  • FY 2019=$297,313
Start Date:10/01/2019
End Date:09/30/2020
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:EAGER: Building an Ecosystem for Broadening Participation for Computing: 4-H and the Land-Grant University System
Federal Award ID Number:1940300
DUNS ID:555456995
Parent DUNS ID:068662618
Program:STEM + Computing (STEM+C) Part
Program Officer:
  • Allyson Kennedy
  • (703) 292-8905

Awardee Location

Street:151 Prem S. Paul Research Center
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), in collaboration with the National 4-H Council, proposes a project to advance effective practices for broadening participation in computing (BPC) in out-of-school-time programs by engaging computer science (CS) faculty and departments at land-grant universities (LGUs) in 4-H programs using entrepreneurial models and tools. The project is aligned with the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate's (CISE) effort to engage its Principal Investigators (PIs) and their academic departments in meaningful BPC activities. It will advance knowledge on developing a sustainable ecosystem for dissemination and promotion of computational literacy among rural youth, youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, girls, minorities (particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and American Indians), and youth with disabilities. The ecosystem comprises national youth organizations (e.g., 4-H), corporations (e.g., Google, Microsoft), CS departments at LGUs, and K-12 schools. This project will involve CISE-funded PIs and the 4-H units at four LGUs to achieve three objectives: 1. Implement and assess a collaborative strategic planning and resource development process for BPC that engages LGU CS departments and 4-H programs in four partner states. 4-H programs will collaborate with their local CS departments to collaboratively develop and implement a plan for BPC that builds on their specific strengths. Lessons learned will be adapted and shared as models for action for other CS departments. 2. Expand an existing Computer Science Professional Development Toolkit by developing additional resources for supporting equity and inclusion in CS and developing computational thinking. 3. Expand access to the developed strategic models and tools for LGU CS departments and 4-H programs across the country. Existing communication with 4-H digital channels that reach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals, including and others, will be used to reach a wider audience. Research questions will include: What are the challenges and opportunities for CS departments and state 4-H programs as they create a collaborative plan of action for BPC in their state? What resources are needed to support CS departments and state 4-H programs as they create and execute this plan? and What is the impact of a blended learning model of professional development on the confidence and competence of 4-H professionals, educators, university students and volunteers who facilitate CS experiences? This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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