BRIDGES is an NSF TUES and NSF IUSE supported project which
provides easy-to-use interfaces to exciting,
engaging real-world data
(social networks, scientific data, etc), to make it possible for their use in
freshmen/sophomore level CS courses,
makes it easy to visualize
in a CS1, CS2, data structures, or algorithm courses
is carefully designed
to augment the student experience in routine introductory courses
in Computer Science
Here is a quick video introduction:
IGN Video game reviews
Genius' Song Lyrics
CDC's Cancer Incidents
Open Street Maps
Benefits to using BRIDGES
Instructors can use Bridges as part of their courses and do not have to change what they teach. The students can do assignment on the same topics they would already be doing it, but with additional engagement provided by meaningful datasets and compelling visualization. Students like the social component by sharing their cool assignments over the web.
Current Version: BRIDGES version 3.1.0 (August 15, 2020). Version 3.1.0 includes:
additional datasets such as Maps through Open Street Map,
and Actor-Movie data through Wikidata
additional data structure such as Large Graphs, and Spatial Trees
support for simple games
support for line charts, including timing experiments
numerous bug fixes and improvements to the base classes.
See the changelog on latest changes to BRIDGES and its history of earlier changes.
Looking for New BRIDGES Users
We are currently looking for additional external users
to adopt BRIDGES in
their data structures/algorithms courses and provide feedback.
Stipends are available for instructors who would like to partner with our team and collect student feedback as part of the BRIDGES evaluation. Technical support by the Bridges team will be provided.
Looking for New BRIDGES Developers
We are currently looking for students to help with Bridges.
We are recruiting both Undergraduate students and PhD student.
The students will need to be enrolled at UNC Charlotte, or at Temple University. Stipends are available for students working on Bridges.