What We Do

CSbyUs catalyzes networks of undergraduate students to expand access to quality CS education by adapting open-access CS curricula to their communities

Customize

Adapt existing open-access CS curricula (like Code.org CS Discoveries and Google CS First) to meet the unique learning needs of local communities

Deploy

Volunteer to teach the adapted curricula in local middle and high schools and after school programs with deep attention to assessment

Support

Provide undergraduate teacher training materials, maintain an online community of current and former undergraduate teachers, and host an annual CSbyUs summit to assess and iterate curricula

Our Model


CSbyUs combines a personalized learning model with the power of 21st century information technology to expand access to high-impact computer science education and close the diversity gap in STEM fields. CSbyUs supports networks of undergraduate students to customize existing open-access CS curricula to meet the needs of local learning communities and deploy their new open-source curricula in middle and high schools and after school programs.

Student-centered

Community-embedded

Project-based

Informed by design thinking

By students, for students

Our Team

Aria Chernik, JD, PhD

Aria Chernik, JD, PhD

Co-founder

Aria is founder and director of OSPRI and a lecturing fellow in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Her work is dedicated to catalyzing the power of open education to transform learning and create a more participatory, egalitarian world.

Tanner Johnson

Tanner Johnson

Co-Founder

Tanner is a Duke University graduate, where he co-founded Mobile Citizens. As a software engineer and J. William Fulbright Scholar, he’s interested in personalizing and broadening access to education using technology.

Amy Jiang

Amy Jiang

Co-Founder

Amy is interested in understanding how systems, together, can create better learning experiences for students. For this reason, she is currently pursuing a Public Policy major at Duke and, more importantly, hanging out with middle school students!

Carter Zenke

Carter Zenke

Co-Founder

Carter is an Angier B. Duke Scholar and Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellow working to create a high-quality, equitable education for all students in the Digital Age.

We are open access to education advocates based in Durham, North Carolina, working to close the diversity gap in STEM fields. When searching for an open-access CS curriculum to teach in a middle after school program, we found that none quite fit the Durham community’s unique needs. We also wanted a CS curriculum that focused on collaboration, community, and human-centered design. We developed Mobile Citizens to fill this need. Now, we are extending this pedagogical framework into CSbyUs so that undergraduates everywhere can be empowered to adapt existing CS curricula to complement their community's unique diversity and distinctiveness.

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Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) 140 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

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