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Oct. 23, 2018

Bell presents paper about work to bring computer science to K-12

By Grace Niemeyer, communication assistant

Dr. Scott Bell

Dr. Scott Bell

Dr. Scott Bell, an assistant professor of computer science and information systems at Northwest Missouri State University, presented a paper this month in Socorro, New Mexico, about advancing computer science in K-12 school systems.

The Oct. 12 conference, organized by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, took place at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. 

Bell’s paper, titled “Building a K-12 Community of Practice,” traced a year-long program’s attempt to bring computer science into classrooms in the northwest Missouri region.

“Finding new ways to present these topics to students in small, rural schools gives them the opportunity to learn about this field prior to making decisions about their major and future career path,” Bell said. “In this project, we were helping their teachers learn to work with the technology so they can introduce it themselves.”

Bell joined the Northwest faculty in 2014 and specializes in cybersecurity, programming and computer science education. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Kansas State University and received his Master of Science in computer science and Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.


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