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DePaul K-12 Activities

Girls Who Code Campus
DePaul University is excited to partner with the nationally-recognized organization Girls Who Code to host Girls Who Code Campus, two-week summer programs for middle and high school girls. Campus offers a research-based curriculum designed to prepare girls to consider careers in technology and expose them to role models and a network of Girls Who Code alumni. In the summer of 2018, DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media will be hosting the following courses: Introduction to Computer Science, iPhone App Development, Website Design & Development, and Wearable Tech & Fashion Design. Learn more about Campus or register now .

Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences
Held at the Merle Reskin Theatre downtown, Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences runs a series of productions throughout the year based on popular children's books.

Chicago Quest
Chicago QUEST is the second school of its kind in the United States. It adapts an innovative education model using games and design as rule-based learning systems. Quest creates worlds in which players actively participate, use strategic thinking, solve complex problems, seek content knowledge, receive constant feedback and consider the point of view of others. Quest uses the underlying principles of games to create highly immersive, game-like learning experiences for its students in a powerful pedagogical model for grades 6-12.

GEARUP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, was started by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of low-income students going to college by helping them succeed in high school and post-secondary education. DePaul University is one of the institutions that make up this partnership.

SMALLab at Play
Part of Quest To Learn, this model of learning engages students' full bodies in game-based scenarios as they interact with each other and digital game elements in real time in shared physical space. Using motion-capture cameras, short-throw projectors and wireless controllers to immerse players, SMALLab at Play supports situated learning, large-group participation, team work, complex problem solving and fun physical activity.

Game, Cinema & Animation Summer Academy
Participating in this week-long program held at DePaul University's Loop Campus will provide high school students with hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology. Areas of focus include film and television production, game development, hand-drawn character animation, 3D modeling and animation, stop-motion animation, and screenwriting. Students interested in careers in the motion picture, television, graphic design or computer game industry should apply to this program for a valuable educational experience as well as an advantage in today's competitive world of college admission.

Geography Partnership
The Geography Department is in partnership with Al Raby High School in Chicago. This collaboration seeks to offer Geographic Information Systems computer mapping advice and tutoring. Geographic Information Systems allow users to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts.

K-8 Music Instruction with Jahn Elementary
The School of Music will provide grades K-8 general music instruction to students who would otherwise not be receiving this program due to the size of their schools. This program has taken places for several years at St. Gabriel Elementary, St. Ben's, Pritzker Elementary, DeDiego Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

Once Upon A Symphony
Many students from the School of Music volunteer to run pre-concert programming for a preschool music series called Once Upon A Symphony, held by theChicago Symphony Orchestra

DREAM Project (Formerly America Reads) and Catholic Schools Initiative (CSI)
DREAM Project is a tutoring and mentoring program that focuses on the improvement of literacy and academic skills for Catholic elementary school students. A work-study program of the Steans Center, America Reads hopes to prepare tutors to become socially-responsible leaders in their community. By assisting Catholic elementary school students in a number of neighborhoods across Chicago, the America Reads program aims to train leaders who are professional, socially aware and committed to community service. Tutors will be required to reflect on their experiences at service sites and will be encouraged to think systemically of the broader implications of their engagement with the community. Students can apply to become a tutor on the Student Employment website. Please contact Lourdes Sullivan, Alicia Ferraris or Benjamin Meyer for more information.

Taste of Computing (Sep 2011-2014)
In September 2011, Lucia Dettori received a three-year, $756,088 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund Taste of Computing. The project aims to introduce a new introductory computer science course in the Chicago public high schools that offer the Career and Technology Education Info Tech Program (approximately 35 schools). The goal of the project is to increase the number of high school students considering a career in computing and specifically to broaden participation of women and other underrepresented groups. The course is based on the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum developed for the Unified Los Angeles School District. The course is inquiry-based and stresses discovery learning using a range of computing topics (problem solving, human-computer interaction, Web design, robotics, data modeling and game programming) and approaches specifically designed to engage a broad range of students in computational thinking. As part of the grant, over 60 teachers in CPS will also receive extensive professional development during the summer and throughout the academic year, along with robotics kits and other tools for their classroom. In January 2012 as part of the grant, CDM held a professional development workshop on using Scratch to teach introductory computing for approximately 30 high school teachers from the CPS system. The workshop was facilitated by Gail Chapman from UCLA, one of the cofounders of ECS. The first two week-long professional development workshops will take place this summer.

Chicago Lab Schools
In 2008, this project was begun at DePaul University to modify existing general education courses to teach computational thinking concepts in context, funded under the CPATH program. Chicago Lab Schools works both with teachers trained in computer science and with teachers in the language and visual arts and humanities to develop computational thinking activities and assessments for their courses. The courses are at the middle- and high-school levels for students ages 10 through 18, and the materials were developed by the teachers responsible for the courses in consultation with the principal investigators of the DePaul University project. Using a process of iterative design, refinement and reflection that is recommended in the literature, computational thinking is integrated into six courses: middle-school and high-school computer science, and high-school Latin, graphic arts, English and history.

Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Urban Education
Based in DePaul University's School for New Learning, The Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Urban Education concentrates on the development of core competencies for lifelong learning.​