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

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Diana Franklin

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Sarah Sebo

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

News & Events

Past Event

DSI Summer Lab: Final Symposium

Aug 19, 2022
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New 2022-23 Faculty Add Expertise in Linguistics, Visualization, Economics, and Data Science Education

Aug 11, 2022

Data Science Institute Summit

Jun 15, 2022
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DSI Summer Lab Returns In-Person With 49 Students From Across the U.S.

Jun 14, 2022
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UChicago CS Labs Join Museum of Science & Industry For Robot Block Party

Apr 20, 2022
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Professor Andrew Chien Authors New Textbook, “Computer Architecture for Scientists”

Mar 16, 2022
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University of Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago Join Forces to Increase Diversity in Science Careers

Dec 14, 2021
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UChicago Workshop Highlights Internet Frontiers and Opportunities

Dec 02, 2021
Past Event

Internet Frontiers and Opportunities Workshop

Nov 15, 2021
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New College Data Science Major: From Foundations to Insight to Impact

Aug 29, 2021
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Largest-Ever DSI Summer Lab Adds 55 Students, New Social Impact Track

Jul 13, 2021
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Postdoc Kate Smith Receives IEEE Early Career Award in Microelectronics

Jun 28, 2021
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