Down the Rabbit-Hole.

Welcome to the June Edition of ACM Inroads. It seems we are still living in interesting times! One of our columnists, Jeffrey Popyack, reports this in his piece, where he explains the students have found ways to move forward, embrace the advantages of technology and redefine 'business as usual' and perform well during COVID times. This is a particularly interesting report as he explains the mission, history and information behind the various awards of the many chapters of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. However, we also note the interesting times when Elon Musk can buy into the social media platform Twitter to control what he calls one of the world's largest public marketplaces.

Another regular columnist of ACM Inroads, Tony Clear, writes of disappearing down a rabbit hole which has inspired our front cover theme around Alice in Wonderland. Our days have a certain feel that resonate with this classic tale. However, Tony is writing about the more menacing side of social media platforms, which are emerging to closely monitor our online moves and attempt to control us. He writes about a police state 'in service of advertising, to capture our attention and continuously present tasty morsels for us to consume.' He exhorts computing educators not to shy away from the questions around social media, but to educate our students to consider the impact of their design decisions on society, as they will be creating tomorrow's algorithms.

Chogning Sun and Jody Clarke-Midura provide some interesting insights into recruiting youth into K-12 computer science. They write about their App Camp program and their design conjectures around providing support, engagement and relevance for all students, regardless of background, gender or ethnicity. They encourage their campers to take their apps home to share with family and friends and collect data about its affects. Their information has been gathered over many years, and covers perceptions and data related to influencing self-efficacy, role modelling, coding environments, and curriculum among many other factors. They provide some useful recommendations based on their research and experience.

We are fortunate to reprint two of the prize-winning best papers from the recent SIGCSE 2022 Technical Symposium. This was a hybrid conference, and we held a session there talking about "ACM Inroads: How to foster collaboration and dialogue in a magazine?" where we met some interesting colleagues and gained some valuable insights. The two papers we have included in this issue shared the award for best papers in the Computing Education Research category. They are both very interesting as they demonstrate detailed data collection and analysis with meticulous research looking into demographic analysis of data structures course, and metrics for predicting performance.

As part of the regular series on Prominent Propagators, our team of David Bunde, Zack Butler, Christopher Hovey and Cynthia Taylor have this time found a very caring and sharing participant. Monica McGill has achieved many milestones in her career including being the CEO and Founder at, a member of the CSTA Board, Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Computing Education (ToCE) and chair of the inaugural ACM-W North America committee. She also has a very interesting Twitter handle: Monica gives many insights into the importance of sharing resources and building this into communities working together so everyone can benefit from these resources.

Inroads regular columnist Henry Walker reflects on the art of course titles and descriptions from his large repository of experience and resources. We note that his title hints that this may not be a scientific process, but rather an art. His column, however, examines course titles and formal descriptions from several perspectives, and does organise his reflections into four logical sections around terms, audiences, content and style, and contractual obligations. He answers questions around 'Why, What, Where, and How' as well as explaining how course descriptions are logically composed.

In keeping with the Alice in Wonderland theme, we have a very interesting explanation from one of ACM Inroads regular contributors, Don Gotterbarn, of his views on Professionalism and the ethics around this in our section entitled "As I See It." He explains the other side of professionalism which is to accentuate the positive. Picking up on a theme from SIGCSE 2021, he discusses improvements in software development methodology and meeting requirements in a safe reliable way. He discusses these positive aspects in terms of the ACM Code of Ethics and ties it all into the opportunities presented by this other side of professionalism to move to a new slogan of "Accentuate the positive and promote the good."

Finally, Scott Weiss, the Backpage Puzzler (our own Lewis Carroll?) has asked whether readers are enjoying his puzzles or not. Please let us know what you think! In this issue, he entitles his puzzle 'Marching Orders,' much like the Queen of Hearts would have addressed her minions in Alice in Wonderland - "off with the letter!" Unlike the Queen of Hearts though, we would all welcome your feedback on what you like and things which you would like to see in the magazine, as well as the flip side. We promise that the Mad Hatter will not be appearing!

Margaret Hamilton and James Harland

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