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Amit Jain

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:17 am / December 16, 2015


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Amit Jain

Associate Department Chair
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering

Amit Jain attended the White House Workshop on K-12 Computer Science Education as part of CS EdWeek 2015 on Friday, Dec. 11. According to the White House, the few dozen workshop invitees were selected for their demonstrated national leadership in computer science education. Participants discussed their work and best practices on a variety of topics and brainstormed new ways to expand computer science access even further.

Jain is the principal investigator for the CS 10K IDoCode project funded by a $1 million NSF Award. The project team includes computer science faculty Tim Andersen, Jyh-haw Yeh, Alark Joshi and education faculty Jonathan Brendefur, project coordinator Ernie Covelli (originally from HP), and CS undergraduate students Sarah Bradburn, Sydney Crabtree, Ashley Gertman and Audrey McCormick. The work done by the IDoCode team and their partnerships was instrumental in the invitation from the White House.

20151211_155658The primary goal of the project is to significantly increase the number of high-school teachers prepared to teach high-quality computer science in the state of Idaho. The IDoCode project, through its partnership with the Idaho Technology Council and local industry, was instrumental in convincing the state legislature to support CS education in K-12. The project leverages the IDoTeach program for pre-service teachers, a master of STEM Education (CS emphasis), and a graduate certificate in computer science teacher endorsement for in-service teachers. There currently are 40 high school teachers in the various IDoCode programs.

The IDoCode project also has supported the creation of a statewide partnership with code.org through Idaho Digital Learning Academy and ITC to increase the reach across the state and to include K-8 teachers. Almost 300 K-12 teachers have received training through IDLA and IDoCode.

Amit also serves on the Governor’s Computer Science Working Group put together by ITC and is passionate about building a community of CS teachers and advocates across the state of Idaho.