As computing becomes ever more entwined with modern life, it’s critical that students learn how to navigate these technologies from an early age. Computing education encompasses two major areas. First, learning basic concepts of computer science and programming as early as elementary school can help prepare students for advanced STEM education and careers later in life, while literacy in both the potential uses of computing and the risks for privacy, security, and unintentional bias is an essential skill. Second, by harnessing cutting-edge computing technology, such as robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence, researchers can push forward education in a number of areas by providing students with personalized, automated instruction to supplement traditional classroom instruction.

UChicago faculty and students research and develop the most effective methods of teaching a broad spectrum of learners, with an emphasis on populations traditionally underrepresented in computing fields. They develop tools, curricula, activities, and outreach programs for students from kindergarten through graduate school, in areas such as programming, data science, robotics, and quantum computing. Projects also focus on inclusive approaches, so that the next generation of computer scientists and computational thinkers reflects the diverse communities of our world.

Labs & Groups

CANON (Computing for Anyone) Lab

Diana Franklin
Researching innovations in computational thinking education with an emphasis on equity and inclusion for all underrepresented populations.

Related Faculty

Marshini Chetty

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Diana Franklin

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Sarah Sebo

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

News & Events

UChicago CS News

Four Students Receive Honorable Mention in CRA Undergraduate Research Awards

Mar 25, 2024
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Navigating the Intersection of Technology and Public Policy: The Journey of Ranya Sharma at UChicago

Mar 21, 2024
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Assistant Professor Aloni Cohen Receives Prestigious Award for Groundbreaking Research in Machine Learning Complexity

Mar 20, 2024
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Haifeng Xu named a AI2050 Early Career Fellow

Mar 11, 2024
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FabRobotics: The Fusion of 3D Printing and Mobile Robots

Feb 27, 2024
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Professor Andrew A. Chien on the Environmental Impacts of Technology

Feb 26, 2024
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Assistant Professor Yanjing Li Awarded NSF CAREER Grant for Innovative Computer Architecture and Deep Learning Research

Feb 26, 2024
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Prof. Rebecca Willett awarded the SIAG DATA Career prize

Feb 21, 2024
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Argonne scientists use AI to identify new materials for carbon capture

Feb 19, 2024
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Alumni Spotlight: Dixin Tang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UT Austin

Feb 05, 2024
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NetMicroscope Uses AI to Improve Network Monitoring for a Better Internet Experience

Feb 01, 2024
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NeurIPS 2023 Award-winning paper by DSI Faculty Bo Li, DecodingTrust, provides a comprehensive framework for assessing trustworthiness of GPT models

Feb 01, 2024
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