Encouraging Students to Sign Up

Here is the flyer for encouraging students to sign up for Exploring Computer Science. You can also urge your counselors to place students in this excellent class.

Getting Exploring CS Into Your School

Exploring Computer Science will be in 58 schools during the 2014-2015 school year! Click here to see if your school already offers the course.

If you would like Exploring Computer Science (ECS) to be taught at your school, please read through the steps on this page. If you have questions, a FAQ is provided here.

If you are an interested student or parent, please contact us about getting ECS offered in your area.

Upcoming Workshop

  • More information about ECS will be provided at the June 9-12th, 2014 IT conference.
  • Two ECS professional development workshop will be held for new ECS teachers during Summer 2014 at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT:
    June 23-27 and July 7-11, 2014.

    This five-day workshop will be mandatory for all Utah ECS teachers teaching ECS during the 2014-2015 school year.

    To sign up for one of these workshops, please fill out this form.

General Information

The Utah Exploring Computer Science Initiative is a CS 10K project funded through the National Science Foundation in Computing Education 21 (NSF-CE21 #1240977). We hope to support 100 Exploring Computer Science teachers in Utah by 2015.

The goals of the Exploring Computer Science course are to:

  • To change students' preconceptions about computer science.
  • To expose more students to computer science concepts.


Recent articles about the ECS course include:


Click here for our NSF Project Goals. You can also email Helen Hu for our NSF proposal.

Participating Schools 2013-2014

17 Utah schools will offer Exploring Computer Science in 2013-2014. These schools include charter schools and public schools in:

  • Alpine School District
  • Garfield School District
  • Jordan School District
  • Provo School District
  • Salt Lake School District
  • Tooele School District
  • Uintah School District
  • Wasatch School District
  • Washington School District


The full list of schools is available here.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, we piloted the Exploring Computer Science course at:

  • Lehi Junior High
  • West High

Click here to learn how to get the ECS course added to your school district!


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We are grateful to the National Science Foundation, their Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, their Division of Computer and Network Systems, and the Computing Education for 21st Century program for their support.