Relevant research that contributes to the field of education research

Through collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, the Chicago Alliance for Equity in Computer Science (CAFÉCS) has produced relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research related to theory of computer science education, student learning and effective partnerships. This section provides an archive of CAFÉCS publications.

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Using Magic in Computing Education and Outreach

This special session explores the use of magic tricks based on computer science ideas; magic tricks help grab students' attention and can motivate them to invest more deeply in underlying CS concepts.


Oct 2018

An Examination of Factors Correlating with Course Failure in a High School Computer Science Course

Across the United States, enrollment in high school computer science (CS) courses is increasing. These increases, however, are not spread evenly across race and gender.


Aug 2018


May 2018

AI in K–12: An interactive workshop

How does Artificial Intelligence (AI) work? In this hands-on session we will step through an example of capturing expertise, creating a game that is smart enough to then beat us.


May 2018

Internet of things (IoT) Micro:bits

You may have heard of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices becoming common in our homes, cars, at work, and in public spaces. Come experience a hands-on session playing with an IoT device called a Micro:bit.


May 2018

Does Exploring Computer Science Increase Computer Science Enrollment

This study investigated the impact of the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) program on the likelihood that students of all races and gender would pursue further computer science coursework in high school.


Apr 2018

RPP Panel Chicago: History of CAFECS

No Abstract Provided.


Mar 2018

CS as a Graduation Requirement: Catalyst for Systemic Change

Since President Obama's announcement of the Computer Science for All Initiative in 2016, there has been a surge in the number of districts that are planning for or newly implementing computer science (CS) offerings at their schools.


Feb 2018