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Musicant Receives NSF Grant

October 23, 2013

David Musicant, Professor of Computer Science, has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an innovative pilot project: Educational Media to Advance Computer Science (EMACS), in conjunction with the Twin Cities Public Television and Dr. Siddika “Selcen” Guzey, Research Associate at STEM Education Center at the University of Minnesota.

The project will create innovative videos and classroom activities to help teach computer science to high school students. By exploring how computer systems affect community infrastructure, the project aims to increase students’ awareness and understanding of real-world applications of computer science, and emphasizes the importance of computational thinking in everyday life. Working with traffic engineers at the City of Minneapolis’ Traffic Management Center and their newly-installed, state-of-the-art computerized system, the researchers will involve local youth in hands-on activities that model and simulate how traffic is managed in communities.