Through our CPATH planning project Cultural Shift: Bringing the JOY (Joint Organization to inspire Young people) back to computation, Marietta College is exploring effective means of introducing and/or revitalizing computational thinking across disciplines on its campus and among teachers and students in the surrounding K-12
educational community. Led by faculty in computer science, computer information systems, management information systems and mathematics, our project is creating a cultural shift among faculty in multiple areas of study.
The broader impact of this CPATH planning project is
evident in three elements: campus-wide
involvement, community outreach, and piloting
threads of Computational Thinking in non-computer
courses among faculty at Marietta College and
among math teachers in the K-12 educational
community; revision of two key computer courses to
create a stronger alignment with computational
thinking for first year computer students; and
increasing excitement about and awareness of the
uses for computational thinking among K-12 youth.
Project results include the following highlights:
24 Middle School and 26 High School Students
Participated in our 2 Adventures in Programming
and Computational Thinking camps
36 Faculty attended our Faculty Forum presentation
on Computational Thinking
30 Ohio public school Math teachers participated in
our seminars which incorporated Alice and
3 presentations were made to Marietta College
faculty from outside speakers who used
Computational Thinking in their work
Results show an increase in the percentage of
students taking CS2 after taking a modified CS1
Project evaluation includes: pre and post participant
surveys and enrollment data analysis.
For further information, please contact: Robert Van Camp, PI (
The Project Team also includes: Mark Miller and Jeremy Fei Wang, Co-PIs; and Dave Freeman, Project Evaluator.