Mobile CSP’s 5th Annual App Expo

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The Mobile CSP expo was featured during the 6pm showing of WFSB 3 News on Tuesday, May 22nd. Congratulations to everyone involved!

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the 5th Annual Mobile CSP Expo was held at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Students who were enrolled in the Mobile CSP course during the 2017-2018 academic year were invited to demonstrate the apps they had created during the course under the guidance of trained Mobile CSP teachers. Approximately 60 students from five local high schools participated in the event. 

Attendees had the opportunity to walk around the room and try out the various mobile apps. After two 45 minute viewing sessions, the attendees were asked to vote for their favorite app. The apps with the most votes earned the Mobile CSP People's Choice Award.

After the first 45 minute viewing session, Trinity College Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science Takunari Miyazaki gave welcoming remarks followed by Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Mobile CSP co-PI Ralph Morelli.  Morelli engaged the students with a simple question: "At what age will you give your children their first smartphone?"
The event concluded with a thank you and closing remarks from Mobile CSP Teaching Consultant and Vice President of the Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association Pauline Lake who encouraged students to pursue opportunities in the Computer Science field. 
We are also pleased to announce that a Mobile CSP App Expo was held simultaneously in New York Metro Area. Congratulations to those students on the wonderful apps they created! 
Mobile CSP People's Choice Award 2018 Winners: 
All Mobile CSP apps are created using MIT App Inventor
1st Place – "Activity Finder", created by Damon Mack and Austn O'Neal from Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy in Hartford, CT. They both took home a new tablet.  
2nd Place- "Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe", created by Josephine Miner from Scituate High School in Scituate, RI. The reward was $20 in prizes from Best Buy. 
For more information about Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe click here
3rd Place- "MasterMind Clone", created by Julian Peres and George Calvert from Conard High School in West Hartford,CT. Third place was awarded a $10 Best Buy prize. 
To learn more about MasterMind Clone click here
Raffle – Students who attended also had the opportunity to participate in an App "Scavenger Hunt" finding apps based on descriptions provided. 
To see photos from the expo, check out the Flickr slideshow!
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make our 5th Annual Expo a success!

College of St. Scholastica and Trinity College to Participate in 2018 NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase to Highlight Innovation in STEM Education

College of St. Scholastica and Trinity College to Participate in 2018 NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase to Highlight Innovation in STEM Education

Mobile Computer Science Principles (CSP) from College of St. Scholastica and Trinity College will be featured May 14th-21st at Video Mobile CSP’s video and vote today:


Hartford, CT, 2018 — Pauline Lake, Teaching Consultant at Mobile CSP will be featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event will be held online May 14th -21st at

The presentation, entitled “Mobile CSP: Using Mobile Apps to Engage Students in CS,” looks at how engaged students are when learning about Computer Science (CS) through a lens that they are familiar with: Mobile phones! Mobile CSP began, officially, in 2013 with an NSF grant at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Since then the project is now serving more than 600 teachers and 10,000 students nationwide!. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase will feature over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong, event researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Transforming the Educational Landscape.” Video presentations cover a wide range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages – kindergarten through graduate school, as well as those for adult learners.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 51,000 unique visitors from over 189 countries.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge MA.  TERC partners with six NSF funded resource centers MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187)