National Science Foundation Spotlights Trinity’s Ralph Morelli

NSF Feature is Most Recent Recognition for Computer Science Professor’s Work

Hartford, CT, January 2, 2015 – When the National Science Foundation (NSF) spotlighted innovative, successful ways to teach computer science during Computer Education Week in December, Trinity Professor of Computer Science Ralph Morelli was among only a handful of educators featured. The NSF’s article, “App-ealing to students through app development” recognizes the work of Morelli and his team developing Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP), a rigorous computer science curriculum based on the College Board’s emerging computer science Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course. Morelli also was featured on the NSF's Computer Science Education board on Pinterest as an example of a catalyst for change in computer science education.

The Mobile CSP project, which has received $926,098 in NSF funding, and an offshoot project, Trinity’s Mobile Apps for Hartford, also are the subject of a newly posted Trinity College video. Individuals featured in the video include Morelli, Pauline Lake ’13 (Mobile Apps for Hartford program leader and teaching consultant), Chinma Uche (Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association president), and several high school students from Greater Hartford who spent six weeks on the Trinity campus during summer 2014, creating mobile applications for Hartford City Departments and local nonprofit organizations.

Morelli learned recently that the City of Hartford and the Mayor’s Office have renewed their support for Mobile Apps for Hartford and, for the second year in a row, will co-sponsor the program at Trinity during summer 2015. The Connecticut Education Association also featured the Mobile CSP program in its December publication in an article, “Professional Development Goes Mobile.”