Extending the CS Pipeline
Enhancing Rigor and Relevance in Middle
School Computer Science Education
Bring CS To Middle School
Research shows that computer science education should start well before high school. Equip the next generation of innovators with computer science by integrating computing and computational thinking into middle school. With the Rutgers EIR Technical Assistance Framework (TAF), we're here to support you every step of the way. No matter where your school is in its CS journey, we're here to help you set, then exceed, your goals.
Empower Your Students
Computer science education is more than teaching students to use technology, it's teaching them to create technology and design solutions. In middle school, students can use computer science as a tool for collaborative and creative problem-solving. Prepare your students to pursue computer science in high school and beyond to graduate into today's technology driven workforce.
About the Project
Rutgers University CESP seeks to broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented student populations in computer science by increasing access to and engagement with education that is rigorous and relevant. To accomplish this, the Extending the CS Pipeline project will work with middle schools throughout the state of New Jersey on the provision of technical assistance, inclusive of sustained professional learning, instructional coaching, strategic planning, and collaboration-based supports.
Our Guiding Principles
Computer science education should address the full breadth of the field in a way that prepares students to create technology, solve problems, use computational thinking, and drive the next-generation of innovation.
Computer science education must be implemented and delivered in a way that responds to and values students and their experiences to spark interest and continued engagement.
For the first time, students in grades K-8 will be required to meet student learning standards in computer science in NJ. Teacher preparation and district coordination are essential for their successful adoption.
Engaging in authentic and meaningful discussions and collaborations allow educators to share ideas, lessons, and ensure a regular influx of new ideas to improve practice and enhance instruction.