In our extensive 2013-14 report, we found that students showed great interest in the topics covered in the curriculum; over 70% of students reported “liking” or “loving” various aspects  including robotics, programming, and website design. Students learned how to perform various computer-related tasks and reported increases in knowledge in all topics assigned.

We also found that ECS teachers have a strong social network to support their teaching, in part through collaborative workshop sessions aimed to help teachers share successful ideas and troubleshoot problems. Teachers almost unanimously thought these workshops were helpful and informative. They were also impressed with the positive impact on their students. We see similar feedback in ongoing PD evaluations.

See what students and teachers have to say about ECS:

Student Testimonials

Now I have an opportunity to enroll into a more advanced Exploring Computer Science class in college.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
[ECS] teaches me new ways to solve problems.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
It showed me all the great reasons why computer science is a great subject and career to get into.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
I could be an engineer in the future, and taking this class has helped me a lot.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
I plan to pursue a career in either Pediatrics or Biomedical Engineering and the problem solving techniques as well as the programming tips are definitely useful for my future career plans.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report

In the following video, former ECS student Y’shua Ortiz talks about the impact ECS has had on him personally. This event took place in 2013 on ECS Day at UCLA.

Teacher Testimonials

I loved it—both me and my students. I have had students say that they finally like computers.
Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
This experience strongly helped adapt to the use of virtual methods of engagement and involvement in a CS classroom for the coming year. One of the other great additions from this summer program was reassurance and motivation to continue current advocacy work at my school site.
Teacher
CSPdWeek participant, 2020
As a newbie with this particular group, I felt comfortable very quickly due to the outgoing and warm, friendly way I was included in all the activities. Several members openly shared ideas, support, and ways to communicate with them in the future when I need help.
Teacher Facilitator
Facilitator workshop, 2018
This was an amazing [PD] experience the last two years. I would love to stay involved with the larger ECS community in any capacity.
Teacher
CSPdWeek participant, 2017
The reading really drove home the idea that just because students have access to education doesn't mean equity exists. I'm beginning to see how the teaching strategies I will use to build community in my classroom will support equity.
Teacher
CSPdWeek participant, 2017
This PD helped me understand not only the broad conceptual nature of computer science but also how critical the PD is to changing the way CS is taught so that we are intentionally more inclusive and welcoming.
Teacher
Pathfinders participant, 2018