Here are some papers, posters and reports that have been published about Unplugged.

Computer Science Unplugged and Outreach Report

A report from a "birds of a feather" session at SIGCS2008 yielded lots of idea for Unplugged.

Engaging with computer science through magic shows

We describe our experiences illustrating core concepts and enthusing children (age 11-17) about computer science through magic shows. We outline links between various tricks and computer science. The format of show we have trialed is to present real magic tricks with an underlying link to computer science. After each trick the audience is challenged to work out how it works. The mechanics are explained followed by the underlying computer science. Feedback with Talented and Gifted children has been exceptional.

Computer Science Unplugged: school students doing real computing without computers

The Computer Science Unplugged project provides ways to expose students to ideas from Computer Science without having to use computers. This has a number of applications, including outreach, school curriculum support, and clubs.
The “Unplugged” project, based at Canterbury University, uses activities, games, magic tricks and competitions to show children the kind of thinking that is expected of a computer scientist. All of the activities are available free of charge at

Grasping graphs

This thesis by Sarah Caruthers, available from, investigates using CS Unplugged related ideas for working with graph theory with elementary school students.

The effect of CS unplugged on middle-school students' views of CS

Abstract: Many students hold incorrect views of what computer science (CS) is, and they have negative attitudes towards the field. In order to address these difficulties, a series of learning activities called Computer Science Unplugged was developed by Bell et al. [3]. These activities expose young people to central concepts in CS in an entertaining way, without requiring a computer.

CS Unplugged 以及外展报告


A low-cost high-impact Computer Science show for family audiences

Abstract: Science shows are commonly presented for the general public, and especially children, at science centers and festivals. Usually they use attention-grabbing experiments from the physical sciences, and the science of computing is absent from such presentations. This paper describes a series of demonstrations that present fundamental ideas from Computer Science in a manner that will be engaging to a general audience. The show has been presented to school classes, at science festivals, and as a children’s event.

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