Andrew Davidson

Winter 2018

Alternative Spring Break: HCDE Workshop

Note: Enrollment in this research group is at capacity.

  • Would you like to do something meaningful on your spring break this year?
  • Would you like to play an important role in K-12 outreach for HCDE and the UW?
  • Are you interested in traveling to rural Washington to mentor middle and high school students?

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an outreach program organized by the UW’s Pipeline Project. It provides opportunities for teams of undergraduate students to spend their spring break in a rural or tribal community of Washington State, working with local schools.

This year, in partnership with the Pipeline Project, HCDE is running its second ASB program, and will send two teams of undergraduates to Neah Bay, Washington, the Makah Tribe town, to lead middle and high school students in an HCDE Workshop.

The workshop will focus on digital storytelling using the Scratch programming system. Over the course of the week, the workshop students, guided by the HCDE student team, will create and program animation and interactive media projects using Scratch to tell stories of their culture or explore math and science principles.

Video: HCDE Alternative Spring Break 2017


The above video captures the experience of the first HCDE Pipeline ASB project team last year. You can also read more about the team’s work here:

To prepare for the ASB workshop, the HCDE student team will participate in a winter quarter DRG. In the DRG, they will develop and pilot the curriculum, learn the essentials of engaging with students in their community, and generally prepare for this outreach adventure. The DRG will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 — 8:00 pm.

In addition to registering for this 2-credit DRG, participants must also be willing to spend spring break week (March 18 – 24, 2018) on the ASB trip. Housing, transportation, food, and incidental expenses for the trip will be arranged and paid for by the department.

For the ASB workshop, we are seeking dedicated and enthusiastic undergraduates with generous spirit who are passionate about mentoring and inspiring young learners. Participants must be a current HCDE undergraduate student, and have completed HCDE 210 or HCDE 318, and HCDE 310.

Note: Enrollment in this research group is at capacity. Students who are accepted to the program will be notified by December 12.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please get in touch with one of us:

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