Computer Science Work-Based Learning

Grades 10-12

URI provides curriculum and professional development for a Computer Science (CS) Work-Based Learning (WBL) course that includes an academic curriculum integrated with an Industry Project form of WBL as determined by RIDE and the Governors Workforce Board.

This one-semester academic course teaches the students about the software development process used in industry including units on CS Workplace; Ideation (coming up with software product ideas and validating them); Design (user experience and user interface design); Implementation (coding and version control); and Testing (software metrics, analytics, A/B testing). The course makes extensive use of videos provided by Google on the software development process. Students work in teams with an Industry Mentor to follow the process, working with tools such as GitHub, to create a web site for a community organization, for an existing business, or as a start-up company.

URI provides free materials including curriculum and professional development. URI's partner CS4RI provides a free Mentor Support Tool kit developed primarily at the Rhode Island STEAM Center@RIC. The industry project is designed to qualify for the 80hrs of WBL required in RI Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

For more information on URI's CS WBL course support, contact