The CODERS or Computer-Science Opportunities, Development, and Education in Rural Schools project at Missouri State began in 2020 from a conversation between Dr. Keri Franklin and Dr. Dave Cornelison. Both were working in educational outreach—Dr. Franklin in writing and Dr. Cornelison in physics. Eventually, they assembled a team of world-class educators across the university to plan the CODERS Project and write a proposal for an Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The CODERS team was awarded a $4 million EIR Early Phase grant in 2021. We are currently working to secure another grant that will be awarded in 2025. 
We are proud to support underserved schools with resources that will help teachers and students to engage with computer science, computational thinking, physics, and writing in earlier and earlier grades. You can find more information about some of the resources our program provides in the drop-down area below.  They include materials, such as Cutebots and Robot Dogs, and lessons about CODERS topics, such as computational thinking and Cutebot operation.

2024 Summer Launch Information

Teachers observing the CODERS launch. Graduate assistant and teachers at the CODERS launch.

Teachers working together at the CODERS launch.