NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Awards

The NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Awards, funded by Google, recognize faculty who are making a difference in their introductory computer science classrooms through excellent and engaging curriculum, contributing the best of the best to the EngageCSEdu collection.


NCWIT EngageCSEdu is a growing collection of high quality materials for introductory undergraduate computer science courses created by faculty across the country. All of the peer-reviewed materials in the collection employ a number of “engagement practices” that research suggests are likely to engage students, especially women and other underrepresented groups.

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We are pleased to announce the 2017 EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Awardees!

This December 2017 edition of ACM Inroads Magazine features the 2017 Engagement Excellence Award winners.

Each contributor or team of contributors received a $5,000 gift from NCWIT:

Peter Drake, Lewis and Clark College, POGIL Assignments (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) for the Second Semester of Introductory Computer Science (CS2)

Dr. Drake is recognized for three excellent CS2-level POGIL assignments he contributed to the EngageCSEdu collection this year: Beetle, Shut the Box, and Towers of Hanoi. Not only are these assignments incredibly engaging, they are great examples of how to engage and retain students through the use of well-structured collaborative learning and with assignments that are relevant and meaningful to their lives. In particular, the Towers of Hanoi assignment is a novel and highly effective reboot of a tried and true assignment.

Greg Hendler, Lea Ikkache, Brandon Westergaard, Anna Xambó, Doug Edwards, Brian Magerko, and Jason Freeman, Georgia Tech, Earsketch

The Georgia Tech team’s “EarSketch” assignment introduces CS0 students to Python through music composing and remixing. The interconnections with the music industry and the creation of music offers a unique and authentic experience in tying creative arts to computer science. By making interdisciplinary connections, giving students creative choice, and encouraging students to show off to others what they have done, this assignment employs key practices for retaining women and minority students in computing.

Want to become eligible for next year’s award?

Contribute your own engaging resources for introductory computer science courses at To begin, become a member of the EngageCSEdu community by creating an account. Once you're logged in, click "Contribute Materials" to learn more and to access the online submission form. For more information, please contact


People Involved: 

Beth Quinn

Research Scientist & EngageCSEdu Director

Stephanie Weber

Curriculum Specialist

Terry Morreale

President and CTO