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Collaborative Research: PRIME: Engaging STEM Undergraduate Students in Computer Science with Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Project Team: PI-James Lester (Eng) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,499,828


Colleges and universities around the country are faced with a pressing question: How can we introduce computing in undergraduate STEM education in a way that successfully supports both skill development and motivation for a broad population of students? The PRIME project will address this question by developing and evaluating an intelligent tutoring system that provides automated individualized feedback. With a special focus on students from underrepresented groups, the project has the overarching objective of transforming introductory computing for STEM majors. Effectively introducing computing to STEM students holds enormous potential for shaping the way students develop the computational problem solving abilities that will be critical throughout their careers.