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Constructing and Refining Computer Science Outreach Focused on Student Engagement

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computers in Education Division Technical Session 11

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Computers in Education

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Shaya Wolf University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Shaya Wolf ( is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming. After completing Bachelors degrees in Math and Computer Science, her research focused on distributed systems,industrial control system security, and encryption mechanisms. She is currently working on distributed continuous authentication systems, consensus protocols, and secure embedded intelligence. Her interests also extend to cybersecurity competitions and K12 computer science/cybersecurity outreach and education.

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Rafer Cooley University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Rafer Cooley is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming focusing on secure distributed systems. His interests include bio-inspired algorithms, Complex Adaptive Systems, and network protocols. He is currently working on bio-inspired solutions for securing industrial control systems.

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Mason Johnson University of Wyoming


Andrea Carneal Burrows University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Andrea C. Burrows is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming (UW) in the College of Education's (CoEd) School of Teacher Education. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. She was awarded the UW CoEd Early Career Fellowship (2013), UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship (2015), UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the Education Profession (2016), UW CoEd Honored Fall Convocation Faculty (2017), and UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship (2019). Since beginning at UW, Burrows has written, implemented, or evaluated over 50 unique grants. She has been the Program Director for GenCyber as well as PI of NSF grants for STEM and CS work. The core of her research agenda is to deepen science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) partnership involvement and understanding through STEM interdisciplinary integration with in-service teacher professional development (PD) and pre-service teacher coursework. Her research agenda is composed of a unified STEM education partnership structure and connects educational research to real-world practices. Burrows’ many publications appear in leading journals. She is the Co-Editor of CITE-Journal Science ( She is active and presents in several organizations such as AERA, ASEE, ASTE, NSTA, and SITE. Before beginning her work in higher education, she taught secondary school science for 12 years in Florida and Virginia (USA). 

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Mike Borowczak University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mike Borowczak is an Assitant Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Cybersecurity Education and Research center (CEDAR) at the University of Wyoming. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (2013) as well as his BS in Computer Engineering (2007) from the University of Cincinnati. His research focused on detection and prevention of information leakage from hardware side channels. His current research interests include investigating the safety, resilience, and security of decentralized components, devices, and system architectures from theoretical modeling, to simulation and practical implementations. He is also involved in K-20 CS/cybersecurity education research and was the 2019 RMS ASEE conference co-chair.

Mike also has over a decade of industry and research experience – mostly revolving around the semiconductor and bioinformatics industries – with specific experience at Texas Instruments, Intel, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to his industry experience, Mike spent two years, while completing his Ph.D., as a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow – teaching and bringing real-world STEM applications in two urban high schools. Since then, he has worked with university faculty to promote and extend K20 STEM outreach in Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming.
He has authored peer-reviewed articles and papers, presented at national and international conferences, and taught undergraduate/graduate courses in Computer Security, Data Mining, VLSI and pedagogy in STEM.

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The current state of computer science education has garnered concern across the world as the demand for computer science literacy has grown in professional careers. Computer science is integral to problem solving across the STEM field. Motivated by the need to teach students crucial computer science skills, outreach camps were held for middle and high school students and specifically focused on cybersecurity. This research focused on two main questions: 1. How do week-long outreach activities impact student interest in cybersecurity? 2. How do these activities influence student behavior online?

Wolf, S., & Cooley, R., & Johnson, M., & Burrows, A. C., & Borowczak, M. (2020, June), Constructing and Refining Computer Science Outreach Focused on Student Engagement Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34327

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