The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers (IJIMS) was a project designed to introduce middle schoolers from underrepresented populations to opportunities in computing by following the shift of journalism onto the Web. Through the institute, middle school students and their teachers created an online magazine to learn computational thinking via digital media, interactive graphics, animation, video and database design in a collaborative setting. They gained confidence in their computational and writing skills and to share their online magazine with family, friends and teachers.
This research project was led by three computer science and journalism faculty and a gender-equity specialist at The College of New Jersey. The research was primarily supported through a grant from the National Science Foundationâ��s Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program, NSF Grant Number CNS 0739173.
- Target audience: middle school students and their teachers