Shapiro Awarded NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund Grant

Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro was awarded funding from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance Seed Fund, which provides U.S. academic institutions with start-up funds to develop and implement initiatives that recruit and retain women in computing and technology fields of study.

NCWIT and Microsoft Research will provide $10,000 to support Shapiro's project "Engaging Women in Computing Through Musical Instrument Engineering and Performance." Shapiro will design a curriculum that teaches computational thinking and engineering through the design and construction of programmable electronic musical instruments. The program will include a toolkit of hardware and software tools that that can be used for live performance.

Ben Shapiro is the McDonnell Family Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University with appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Education. Shapiro is also a member of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO).