“X-Capp” Xanadu – Computer App Development Summer Program

X-Capp is a highly competitive and selective academic computing program that will be offered from June 5, 2017 through June 29, 2017 at Maynard Jackson High School and Morehouse College.
Students must be rising 10th – 12th graders with an interest in pursuing a degree in computer science after graduation.
Registration will take place on Friday, May 19 at the Campbell Building (21 Thirkeld Avenue SW, Atlanta) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where:
Maynard Jackson High School
801 Glenwood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30316
Morehouse College
830 Westview Drive SW,
Atlanta, GA 30314
Dates:
Monday, June 5, 2017 – Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: APS Students – $50.00
Non-APS Students – $100.00
Registration:
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Campbell Building, 21 Thirkeld Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
What is the Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
It is highly competitive and selective academic computing program that will be offered from June 5, 2017 through June 29, 2017. Students must be rising 10th – 12th graders with an interest in pursuing a degree in computer science after graduation. Students do not need to know how to write computer programs to participate. Preference will be given to applicants who attend an APS High School and have limited exposure to such a program. Seats are limited.

Who is eligible to participate in the Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
All gifted and talented eligible/high achieving students in the metro Atlanta area who have successfully completed ninth grade and who also meet program criteria are eligible to participate. This program is highly competitive.

What are the criteria for acceptance into Xanadu – Computer App Development Program? This program is designed for gifted and high achieving students. Supporting documentation is required as outlined below and must be submitted at registration. Supporting documentation will not be returned. Please make all copies prior to submission.
I am an APS employee; my child does not attend APS. Can I enroll my child in Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
Yes, children of APS employees are eligible to apply for acceptance into the program as long as they meet program criteria. Students of APS employees pay the Non-APS Student rate.
Can students of APS charter schools participate in the Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
Yes, children of APS charter schools are eligible to apply for acceptance into the program as long as they meet program criteria. Charter students pay the non-APS student rate.
When will I receive notification verifying my child’s acceptance or non-acceptance into the program of application?
A letter of acceptance to the program will be emailed on Monday, May 22, 2017 by 5:00 pm.
What is the content of the program?
Students who participate in the course will receive a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science based on App Inventor, a mobile programming language for Android devices. The course is based on the College Board’s emerging Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles curriculum framework for introductory computer science. Participating students will learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps. In addition to programming and computer science principles, the course is project-based and emphasizes writing,
communication, collaboration, and creativity. Participants will not receive academic/course credit.
How are the instructional programs organized?
This course is based upon the units listed below:
Unit 1 – Getting Started: Preview & Setup
Unit 2 – Introduction to Mobile Apps & Pair Programming
Unit 3 – Creating Graphics & Images Bit by Bit
Unit 4 – Exploring Computing: Animation, Simulation, & Modeling
Unit 5 – Algorithms & Procedural Abstraction
Unit 6 – Using and Analyzing Data & Information
Unit 7 – Communication through the Internet
Is transportation provided to the Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
No, APS bus transportation is not provided to Maynard H. Jackson High School.
What is the application and registration process for the Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
1. Complete the online application which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XanaduAppDevelop. Completion of this application DOES NOT secure placement in the program.
2. Secure the program fee in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made payable to Atlanta Public Schools. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted. The submission of supporting documents and receipt of program fees secure consideration of placement in the program. We will refund 100% of all program fees if the applicant is not selected for X-Capp.
3. Registration takes place in person on Friday, May 19, 2017. Bring copies of supporting documentation, and the program fee to the Campbell Building 21 Thirkeld Ave. SW Atlanta, GA 30315.
*Receiving Schedule
Friday, May 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration Begins
What forms of payment are accepted?
Money orders and cashier’s checks are the only acceptable forms of payment. No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Please bring payments made payable to Atlanta Public Schools with the student’s name written on the method of payment.
Is there a discount for families enrolling multiple children?
No, multi-student discounts are not available.
Are school meals provided Xanadu – Computer App Development Program?
The school meal program operates on-site during the program. Atlanta Public School students and its charter school students eat breakfast and lunch at no charge during the program regardless of meal status during the academic year. Non APS students will be required to pay for meals at a rate of $4 for each lunch and $1.50 for each breakfast. Students will not be permitted to charge meals. Parents will be contacted in the event a student requires a meal but funds are not provided. Students may bring their own lunch from home.
What is the policy regarding cancellation?
If cancellation is made on or before May 26, you will receive a full refund minus a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date. To cancel your registration, call 404-802-7585 and email a letter of cancellation to Xanadu_Gifted@atlanta.k12.ga.us. Include your child’s name, the program registered for, and reason for cancellation. Please allow 14 days for refund processing. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email the Office of Gifted and Talented Education at Xanadu_gifted@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

Program Requirements

Gifted Identified Students 
REQUIRED:
  • Student Recommendation Form completed by the school principal or gifted program teacher; Bring in a sealed envelope
  • Most recent transcript and progress report
  • Student Statement of Interest (300 word
    minimum)
  • “B” average (highly recommended)
Non-Gifted Identified Students
REQUIRED:
  • Student Recommendation Form completed by the school principal or general education teacher; Bring in a sealed envelope
  • Most recent transcript and progress report
  • Student Statement of Interest (300 word minimum)
  • “B” average (highly recommended)

CRC Lab Presents at Regional Conference

Four members of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab presented their research this weekend at the ACM Southeast Conference. The title of the poster presentation was entitled “Introduction to Computer Science for Urban African American Students Using Sphero Robotics Workshop”. The four students consisted of Trey Ridley, Ernest Holmes, Kevin Womack and Jordan Scott from Morehouse College. An abstract from the submission is provided below:

This paper introduces the use of an all-day coding workshop as an intervention to introduce and expose African American high school students from a southeastern urban school district to coding and computing careers. The workshop is held at a local HBCU and led by African American undergraduates computer science majors who attend that HBCU. The workshop is focused on a robotic ball called an Sphero that allows users to control its motion and color by writing lines of code. Results from workshop showed an increase of interest in pursuing a career in computing after graduation compared to interest before the start of the workshop.

South Atlanta High School Attends Sphero Coding Workshop

A group of 25 students from South Atlanta High School participated in the Sphero Coding Workshop today at Morehouse College. Students learned how to write code in in the morning session, ate lunch in Morehouse’s Dining Hall and competed against each other in coding challenges in the afternoon. The Sphero Coding Workshop is lead by Dr. Kinnis Gosha and his Culturally Relevant Computing Lab. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is represented by students from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Sponsorship for the workshop was provided by Boeing and the National Science Foundation.

Stephenson High School Participates in Coding Workshop

A group of 50 students from Stephenson High School participated in the Sphero Coding Workshop today at Morehouse College. Students learned how to write code in in the morning session, ate lunch in Morehouse’s Dining Hall and competed against each other in coding challenges in the afternoon. The Sphero Coding Workshop is lead by Dr. Kinnis Gosha and his Culturally Relevant Computing Lab. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is represented by students from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Sponsorship for the workshop was provided by Boeing and the National Science Foundation.

CRC Lab Award Grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation

Morehouse College has been awarded a grant of $60,011 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation with Dr. Kinnis Gosha as the Principal Investigator. The award is another renewal award from a long-standing relationship between Gosha and the Casey Foundation. The primary task of this grant is to continue to further develop the data analysis functionality of the annual JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives) results portal. The portal is one of the largest databases of juvenile detention data in the nation, collecting data from over 200 youth detention facilities. The portal as well as the grant was feature on the CBS46 Atlanta website.

APS Students Participate in Morehouse Coding Workshop

A group of 50 students participated in a workshop at Morehouse College to learn about coding using Sphero Robotics. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, directed by Dr. Kinnis Gosha, hosted the all-day workshop for the students who all attended Maynard Jackson High School. Students learn not only some fundamental programming knowledge, they also learned about the many opportunities in computer science and had a chance to interact with members of the CRC Lab who attend Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The workshop was funded by the Boeing Company and the National Science Foundation (Award #1042468).

NSF Awards Data Science Grant to Morehouse and Spelman

A grant award was made on August 15th, 2016 to Morehouse College and Spelman College entitled Targeted Infusion Project: Data Science eXtension (DSX): Incorporating data science fundamentals in computing curriculum at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. The total amount of the grant is of $399,903 over three years. The idea behind the grant is to infuse data science concepts throughout multiple classes at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, create two new data science courses that students at both institutions can take and submit a proposal to develop a minor in Data Science at both Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. Drs. Brandeis Marshall (Spelman College) and Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College) are  the Principal Investigators on the grant. Data science is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field focused on processes and systems that extract knowledge and relevant information from either structured or unstructured data (Baker et al, 2011; Chang et al, 2008; Naur 1974). According to the McKinsey Report (Manyika et al, 2011), there will be almost 200,000 positions requiring “deep analytical skills”. The report further outlines the additional job responsibilities of nearly 1.5 million managers and analysts who will need to analyze and interpret data findings in order to make decisions. Given that HBCUs account for only 3% of the higher education institutions, HBCUs are producing nearly 26% of all Black STEM bachelor’s recipients each year with smaller institution endowments and restricted institutional resources (Upton and Tanenbaum 2014). The continued STEM bachelor’s recipient production hinges on sufficient faculty and student exposure and training in emerging fields such as data science. Says Gosha, “This award sets the groundwork to make both Morehouse and Spelman College the national leaders in producing African-Americans data scientist, which will adds to the overall push by both colleges to prepare students for outstanding career and graduate school opportunities after graduation.” More information about the award can be found on the National Science Foundation’s website.