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Coding is the New Coal: A History of Integrating Computer Science Across Wyoming’s K-12 Curriculum

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computers in Education 1 - Programming 1

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Computers in Education

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15

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10.18260/1-2--36801

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Astrid K. Northrup P.E. Northwest College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7572-8926

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Astrid Northrup earned her B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech) in 1984 and her M.S degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in 1986. She also earned a Certificate in Land Surveying from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Wyoming. She worked in the petroleum industry as a reservoir engineer and as a private consultant before moving into a teaching career at Northwest College in Powell WY, where she is Professor of Engineering Science and Mathematics and Division Chair of Physical Science. She is pursuing a Ph.D in Science Education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She is married to David and has three adult sons.

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Raymond Edward Floyd Northwest College

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Raymond E. Floyd (M’63 – SM’85 – LSM’03) He has a BSEE from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL – 1970, an MSEE from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL – 1977, and a PhD in Engineering Management from California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA - 2009. He spent 26 years with IBM, retiring as a Senior Engineer in 1992. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Northwest College in Powell, WY. He has published over 200 papers on a variety of topics. He most recently co-authored a text, Perspectives on Engineering (2011), an IEEE eBook, Shaping an Engineering Career: Book 2: Dual Career Ladders (2013), and another text, So You Want to be an Engineer? (2015).

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S. Renee Dechert Northwest College

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Renee Dechert is a professor of English at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where she teaches courses in technical writing, business communication, composition, and social media. Her current research focus is on the rhetoric of social media, She also blogs about the Colorado Rockies.

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Andrea Carneal Burrows University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5925-3596

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Dr. Andrea C. Burrows is a Professor at the University of Wyoming (UW) in the College of Education's (CoEd) School of Teacher Education. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. She was awarded the UW CoEd Early Career Fellowship (2013), UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Research & Scholarship (2015), UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the Education Profession (2016), UW CoEd Honored Fall Convocation Faculty (2017), and UW CoEd Faculty Award for Outstanding Research & Scholarship (2019). She won an Outstanding Reviewer award for MDPI's Education Sciences journal (2020) and ASTE's Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (2021). Since beginning at UW, Burrows has written, implemented, or evaluated over 50 unique grants. She has been the Program Director for GenCyber as well as PI of NSF grants for STEM and CS work with 9.5+ million in funding. The core of her research agenda is to deepen science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) partnership involvement and understanding through STEM interdisciplinary integration with in-service teacher professional development (PD) and pre-service teacher coursework. Her research agenda is composed of a unified STEM education partnership structure and connects educational research to real-world practices. Burrows’ many publications appear in leading journals. She is the Co-Editor of CITE-Journal Science (www.citejournal.org). She is active and presents in several organizations (such as AERA, ASEE, ASTE, NSTA, and SITE.), and she is the current chair-elect for the ASEE PCEE Division. Before beginning her work in higher education, she taught secondary school science for 12 years in Florida and Virginia (USA).

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Abstract

Historically, Wyoming has depended on coal and petroleum as the foundation of the state's tax base. With revenue from these sources in decline, Wyoming lawmakers are beginning the process of transforming the state’s economy, with a focus on encouraging the growth of high tech industries. As a first step, the Wyoming State Legislature passed a 2019 bill mandating computer science at all levels of K-12 public education to encourage universal computer literacy. Based on this legislation, the Wyoming Department of Education wrote computer science standards, which were accepted in February 2020. While the Wyoming State School Board is currently working to approve these standards, Wyoming’s higher education system (the University of Wyoming and seven community colleges) has been implementing K-12 Computer Science Endorsement programs in accordance with the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standard Board. In the summer of 2020, Northwest College, a two-year college located in rural Wyoming, launched their program to a cohort of 18 K-12 teachers. The endorsement program includes courses in structured programming, application development, cyber citizenship, and robotics. The first cohort will graduate in May 2021 and will be certified to teach computer science in Wyoming’s public schools. This paper outlines the process for developing the curriculum, problems addressed, the strategies of those teaching the cohort, and the experiences of those teachers in the first cohort.

Northrup, A. K., & Floyd, R. E., & Dechert, S. R., & Burrows, A. C. (2021, July), Coding is the New Coal: A History of Integrating Computer Science Across Wyoming’s K-12 Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36801

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