Computing for the Good

Computing For The Good (C4G)

For the summer of 2020, the computer science department at Colorado School of Mines put together a new internship program for high school and community college students.

Being able to utilize technical skills, work collaboratively, and communicate well in teams are vital and essential traits of successful computer scientists. However, these aspiring students accomplished more than that; they utalized this powerful combo of skills to make a positive impact on society.

Computing for the Good is “an organization of technologists, designers, and thinkers passionate about maximizing the benefits of technology and mitigating its harms” (cs4good.com). Using this mindset, CS@Mines’ summer interns completed a 5-week project, of their choosing or one provided, to represent the intersection of technology and social impact. The engagement with guest speakers, Mines undergraduates and faculty, allowed student participants to expand their realm of knowledge and imagination.

CS@Mines was enthusiastic about this “real-world” opportunity for students to be exposed to teamwork and new ideas to better the future, and its excited to present the completed work of our Summer 2020 participants!

Schedule

Dates Weekly Meetings (Mon @ 9am) Individual Teams Documents
June 15-19 Overview of C4G workflow (need to have a weekly meeting with Mines students)

Intro to Agile and Waterfall

Overview of potential languages for projects (Javascript for web, python for application, C++ for backend etc.)

Guest Speaker: Tracy Camp, PhD
Brainstorming for projects or pick a Mines project suggestion

Email Christine and Collette to get project confirmed

Decide agile or waterfall

Create overall project objective
Project Suggestions

Guest Speaker: Tracy Camp, PhD Profile
June 22-26 Talk about Architecture/Design

Guest Speaker: Wendy Fisher, PhD
Begin working on project

Assign team roles

Set mini-goals and deadlines
Guest Speaker: Wendy Fisher, PhD Profile
June 29 - July 3 Ethics discussions
Technical assistance from Mines faculty and students as needed

(9:30 am) Guest Speaker: Tom Williams, PhD
Continue to work on project

Incorporate ethics into project
Guest Speaker: Tom Williams, PhD Profile
July 6-10 Testing and reflecting

Expected cases, edge cases, invalid inputs

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Ryan
Update goals and track progress

Work on project

Test, reflect, and improve project
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Ryan Profile
July 13-17 Delivery to client/audience

Suggestions for improvement

Guest Speaker: Richard Blumenthal, PhD
Work on final presentation

Complete peer/self evaluations
Peer Evaluation Form
July 22 Final Presentations (3pm - 5pm)    

Guest Speakers

Tracy Camp, PhD

Tracy Camp is a Full Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines. She is the Founder and Director of the Toilers (http://toilers.mines.edu), an active ad hoc networks research group.

Photograph of Tracy Camp

Wendy Fisher, PhD

Wendy Fisher is a professor at Mines in the computer science department, where she teaches python sensor systems, programming concepts, data structures and data science.

Photograph of Wendy Fisher

Tom Williams

Tom Williams is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab.

Photograph of Tom Williams

Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in telecommunications, application development, and high performance computing. She has recieved a recent Master’s degree in Computer Science from Colorado School of Mines, which focused upon high-performance computing, computer vision, machine learning, and networking. Currently, she is a software engineer at Google

Photograph of Jennifer Ryan

Richard Blumenthal, PhD

Dr. Blumenthal is the head of the Computer Science Department at Regis University. Prior joining Regis, Dr. Blumenthal worked in Artificial Intelligence research at AT&T Bell Laboratories and US West Advanced Technologies. He also developed workflow and e-commerce applications for various businesses. Dr. Blumenthal has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he developed workflow technology for supporting unstructured activities.

Photograph of Richard Blumenthal

Expectations

As CS@Mines launched the first ever Computing for Good project, we were thrilled to see all the wonderful projects the summer interns created. The overall goal for each project displays the intersection between technology and social impact. With guidance from Mines undergrads and faculty, each team had their own undergrad Mines lead. From technical skills to teamwork strategies, CS@Mines was committed to making a memorable, challenging, fun summer experience! Each group presented their final project during the sixth week to the CS@Mines summer team. The group demonstrated:

As creativity is one of the main aspects within thier summer project, each group was be able to take their project in their own direction. We were proud to see all of the amazing things each CS@Mines summer intern team has created!

Teams Leads

Keith Danielson

Mines Undergraduate Student, BS. Computer Science, Focus in Data Science 2022

Project : Mental Health Tracker

Photograph of Keith Danielson

Kevin Grant

Mines Undergraduate Student, BS. Computer Science, Focus in Computer Engineering 2022

Project : Sentiment-Aware Micro-Journaling App

Photograph of Kevin Grant

Collette Haberland

Mines Undergraduate Student, BS. Computer Science, Focus in Data Science 2022

Project : Carbon Footprint Calculator

Photograph of Collette Haberland

Elija Mt. Castle

Mines Undergraduate Student, BS. Computer Science 2022

Project : Audio Translating

Photograph of Elija Mt. Castle

Heather White

Mines Undergraduate Student, BS. Computer Science, Minor in Business/Entrepreneurship 2022

Project : Non-Profit Website

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Contacts

Christine Liebe, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, CS Education Research

C4G Falculty Advisor

Photograph of Christine Liebe

Collette Haberland

C4G Mines Student Advisor

Photograph of Collette Haberland

2020 Projects

Mental Health Tracker

Team name : [insert group name]

“Our goal is to create an application focused on personal growth that tracks mental health over a long period of time. It will be customizable based on the user, and have the ability to supply resources for users to find the assistance they need.”

Sentiment-Aware Micro-Journaling App

Team name : Sentiment

“We would like to create a micro-journaling app which collects brief journaled fields from the user via a mobile or web application, then identifies temporal patterns regarding sentiment and predicts times of day in which certain sentiments arise, either for analysis by the user or for the app to provide sentiment boosters via push notifications.”

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Team name : Carbonators

“Our goal is to design software that takes input of electricity and natural gas usage and then calculates an individual’s carbon footprint. With this information, it recommends ways in which individuals can work to lower how much carbon they contribute to world.”

Audio Translating

Team name : Voicelle

“We are developing a free opensource tool to transcribe videos for the hearing impaired. This tool would time when voices begin and end and convert to timed audio transcriptions for video sites, e.g. Youtube.”

Non-Profit Website

Team name : Coders for Social Service (CSS)

“The goal of our project is to successfully connect with a local non-profit who is in need of a website, or an update to their website. We will then update and develop a new website for our non-profit. This will help our community to know more about the non-profit, as well as achieve a seamless communication network for them.”