Brittany Ann Kos

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

May 2020
(expected)

PhD Technology, Media, and Society

ATLAS Institute – University of Colorado Boulder

May 2014

M.S. Computer Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences - University of Colorado Boulder
Emphasis in Human-Centered Computing

May 2012

B.S. Computer Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences - University of Colorado Boulder
Emphasis in Human-Centered Computing
Minor in Technology, Arts and Media

Research Support

2016 - Current

Research Assistant

Advised under Lecia Barker

Working as a social science researcher with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) on their Extension Services project, which seeks to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing and technology undergraduate programs.

Lead and conducted research projects on student collaboration and student experiences at collegiate hackathons.

2015 - 2016

Chancellor's Graduate Award for Excellence in STEM Education

Computer Science is “Hard”: Uncovering Cultural Identities Within Introductory Computing Courses

This study investigated how cultural norms permeate introductory computing courses and recognize how students adopt or reject these identities in their academic careers

2013 - 2015

National Science Foundation: Graduate Research GK12 Fellow

Graduate Research Fellowship Award Number: 0841423

The ECSITE Project: Engaging Computer Science in Traditional Education

This project incorporated computing into existing K-12 courses by working with local school districts to develop standard-based curriculum appropriate for each individual school.

Research Projects

2015 - Current

T9Hacks

Founder, Lead Coordinator

T9Hacks is a women’s hackathon promoting gender diversity in creative technology. The hackathon creates opportunity for women to explore new technologies, solve real world problems, and create something amazing with a team.

2016

BlockyTalky

Data Manager

BlockyTalky is a research and outreach project lead by Ben Shapiro in the Laboratory for Playful Computation. BlockyTalky teaches students to create interactive, networked physical computing devices by using the BlockyTalky software which is built on Scratch and utilizes Raspberry Pi’s.

Teaching Experience

Instructor

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

ATLS 2519: Special Topics in TAM: Code

Introduces students to fundamental programming concepts and methodologies and apply them to creative projects. Students will learn to use code as a creative and artistic tool, and to utilize programming to find, define and solve problems in innovative ways.

[Spring 2016 Syllabus PDF]   [Fall 2015 Syllabus PDF]

Summer 2015

CSCI 2270: Computer Science 2: Data Structures

Studies data abstractions (e.g., stacks, queues, lists, trees) and their representation techniques (e.g., linking, arrays). Introduces concepts used in algorithm design and analysis including criteria for selecting data structures to fit their applications.

[Syllabus PDF]

Spring 2015

ATLS 3020: Digital Media 2

A continuation of Digital Media 1 (ATLS 3010), this course introduces students to advanced digital media development including interactive programming, scripting, and database functionality. Emphasizes a historical and conceptual understanding of programming and computational theories.

[Syllabus PDF]

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2016

COEN 1500: Introduction to Engineering

Provides an introduction to the engineering profession, including an examination of current discipline specializations and a focus on career paths for those trained in engineering. Provides sufficient knowledge of the engineering disciplines necessary to make an informed major choice.

[Syllabus PDF]

Spring 2016

CSCI 4830: Special Topics: Computer Science Education

The computer science department is offering a 1-credit hour special topics course this semester on computer science education. If you are interested in teaching computer science or becoming involved in the computer science department as an undergraduate learning assistant (CA, PLA, or TA) this is the class for you. In this course, we will cover presentation techniques, how to lead a discussion session, assessment, dealing with difficult colleagues, and teaching styles. The class will be taught primarily through discussion and all students will have the opportunity to present and receive feedback in a friendly environment.

[Syllabus PDF]

Fall 2014

ATLS 1220: Introduction to Computer Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computer science, to instill ideas and practices of computational thinking, and to have students engage in activities that show how computing and computer science change the world. Rather than focus on a specific tool or programming language, this course focuses on the creative aspects of the field. Students will learn how to use computing as a means to understand and solve problems, reflect upon the cultural impact of technology, demonstrate computational thinking skills by building computer programs and games, learn information retrieval skills by researching and remixing media, and engage in other creative endeavors of computer science.

[Syllabus PDF]

Spring 2014

ATLS 2000: The Meaning of Information Technology

Surveys the history of information technologies and modern techniques of information production, storage, transmission, and retrieval. Emphasizes understanding not only the technological transformations in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication, but also the technological, social and political changes that underlie the movement toward a digital society.

Workshops

Summer 2015

Summer SuperSTEM

Summer SuperSTEM is a summer program hosted by the Innovation Center, a maker space for the students in St. Vrain Valley School District.


Summer SuperSTEM: 3-D Printing Toy Design (intermediate level/grades 3-5)

Learn about the craft of toy design and manufacturing through 3-D printing. You'll learn how to make 3-D designs in print and with Google Sketch-up, then print original toy designs on a 3-D printer. What you design and make is limited only by your imagination!


Summer SuperSTEM: Python Level 1 (high school level)

Learn the basics of Python, a common and accessible programming language. If you are new to programming, this is a great class for you.

Summer 2014

ATLAS-Campos EPC Summer STEM Program

The ATLAS-Campos EPC Summer STEM Program is a three-week technology intensive summer workshop for high school students who are largely from underrepresented minority groups. Students learn to use software applications and gain programming skills to create and manipulate digital content and complete a final project that showcases their creative and technical talents. Workshop participants also visit with guest speakers about career opportunities in technology-related fields and enjoy field trips to local technology-focused businesses.

Summer 2015
Summer 2014
Summer 2013

Science Discovery Summer Camp

CU Science Discovery offers a variety of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps for kids ages 5-18. Science Discovery offers intensive 1-3 week summer workshops for high school students. Workshops provide unique opportunities for older students to work in CU laboratories, interact with CU scientists, and explore STEM careers.

Publications

Jun 2017

ASEE ‘17  —  Full Paper

Kos, B. A., Miller, S.. 2017. Grade-a-thons and Divide-and-Conquer: Effective Assessment at Scale. ASEE '17: American Society of Engineering Education 124th Annual Conference & Exposition, (Columbus, OH, 2017).

[ASEE Link]   [PDF]   [Conference Presentation PDF]

Sep 2016

ICER ‘16  —  Full Paper

Behnke, K. A., Kos, B. A., Bennett, J. (2016). Computer Science Principles: Impacting Student Motivation & Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom. ICER '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, (Melbourne, AUS, 2016), 171-180.

[ACM Link]   [PDF]

Mar 2015

SIGCSE ‘15  —  Work-In-Progress

Kos, B. A., Sims, E. (2015). STEM Careers Infographic Project (SCIP): Teaching Media-Based Computational Thinking Practices. SIGCSE ‘15: Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, (Kansas City, MO, USA, 2015), 681.

[ACM Link]   [Extended Abstract PDF]   [Poster]

Oct 2014

RMCWiC ‘14  —  Full Paper

Kos, B. A., Sims, E. (2014). Infographics: The New 5-Paragraph Essay. 2014 Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing, (Laramie, WY, USA, 2014).

[PDF]

Presentations

Sep 2015

7th Annual Symposium on STEM Education  —  Work-In-Progress

Computer Science is Hard: Looking at the Gender Gap Between Two Computing Programs

[Poster]

Aug 2015

ICER ‘15  —  Lightning Talk and Poster  —  Work-In-Progress

Computer Science is Hard: Looking at the Gender Gap Between Two Computing Programs

[Poster]

April 2015

ATLAS Expo  —  Work-In-Progress

Building Culture Within Introductory Programming

[Poster]

Sep 2014

6th Annual Symposium on STEM Education  —  Work-In-Progress

STEM Careers Infographic Project (SCIP)

[Poster]

Professional Activities

Jun 2017

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2017: The 124th Annual Conference & Exposition

Columbus, OH, USA

May 2017

National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT) 2017 Summit

Tuscon, AZ, USA

Jun 2016

Hackcon: The official hackathon organizers' conference

Estes Park, CO, USA

Aug 2015

ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) Conference

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Mar 2015

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference (SIGCSE)

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Oct 2014

Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (RMCWiC)

Laramie, Wyoming, USA

Oct 2013

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mar 2013

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference (SIGCSE)

Denver, Colorado, USA

Oct 2011

Colorado Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWIC) (renamed to RMCWiC)

Denver, Colorado, USA

Volunteer Work

2013 - 2015

Earth Explorers

Board Member, Evaluation Lead, Senior Volunteer, Mentor
Earth Explorers is an independent nonprofit that partners with local schools and research institutions to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum with education in filmmaking to spark a lifelong interest in STEM topics.

Work Experience

Jun 2012 - Jun 2013

ZOLL Medical: User Experience Developer

ZOLL is a medical company that offers EMS agencies and medical companies software solutions. I worked on the UI of ZOLL Online, maintaining current products, and helping design and integrate new products into the website. I lead projects and learn about the design cycle in a real-world setting.

Oct 2010 - Jun 2012

College of Arts & Sciences IT: Web Application Developer

ASIT is the in-house IT department University of Colorado's College of Arts & Sciences utilizes to build web applications. I was primarily responsible for the design and implementation of the Orientation checklist, seen by all freshmen and first-year students enrolled at CU. I also helped with implementing usability changes to the Advisor Portal and the Graduation Module, used by all advisors in the college.

Sep 2010 - Jan 2011

JILA: Web Developer

Transferred and updated the JILA website.