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Enhancing Computational Thinking Skills for New Mexico Schools

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

K-12 Computer Science and Computational Thinking Initiatives

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

24.531.1 - 24.531.15

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/20413

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45

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Alfredo J. Perez Northern New Mexico College

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Alfredo J. Perez received his M.S. degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Since 2011, he has been with Northern New Mexico College, Espanola (NM), where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Prior to coming to USA to pursue graduate studies, he obtained a B.S degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla Colombia (2006). His research interests are in the areas of Mobile Computing/Sensing, Data mining, Distributed Systems and STEM education. He has coauthored several journal and conference papers as well as the book ”Location Aware Information systems - Developing Real-time Tracking Systems”, published by CRC Press.

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Ivan Lopez Hurtado Northern New Mexico College

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IVAN LOPEZ HURTADO received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995. M.S. degree in Automation from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA in 2008. He is currently the Department of Engineering, Chair at Northern New Mexico College.

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Jorge Crichigno Northern New Mexico College

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Jorge Crichigno received the BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Asuncion, Paraguay, in 2004, the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2007, he was visiting the Wireless Sensor Network Lab in the School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests include wireless and optical networks, graph theory, mathematical optimization, network security and undergraduate STEM education. He has served as reviewer and TPC member of IEEE journals and conferences and as panelist for NSF STEM undergraduate education initiatives.

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Raul R. Peralta Northern New Mexico College

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Raul Peralta-Meza received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from San Agustin National University in Arequipa, Peru, in 1993. He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2000 and a M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2007. Currently, he is a full-time instructor in the Department of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico.

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David Torres Northern New Mexico College

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Dr. David Torres is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Northern New Mexico College. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, parallel programming and numerical algorithms.

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Abstract

Enhancing Computational Thinking Skills for New Mexico SchoolsComputational  Thinking is  a  term  to  group  skills for the utilization of computers as problemsolving  tools  that  improves  college  readiness  and  increases  K­12  students’  likelihood  ofattending  and  graduating  from  college.  It  differentiates from Digital  Literacy  (or ComputerLiteracy)  where  a person acquires  skills for using the computer for everyday use. Statisticsabout  the  percentage  of  bachelor’s  degrees  in  computer  science/engineering  earned  inthe  United  States during  the last twenty years shows that less than 20 percent of graduatesaccount  for underrepresented  minorities  which  place this population in great disadvantagewith  other  ethnic  groups.  Given  that  New  Mexico  is  a  state  with  high  percentage  ofunderrepresented  minorities, the Department of Engineering through the support of GoogleInc.  and  the  National  Science  Foundation  has  organized  and  developed  ComputationalThinking  (CT)  workshops  and activities  for K­12  teachers and  pre­service teachers duringthe  last  two  years  as an approach to increase the awareness of Computer Science amongK­12  students  in  New  Mexico. The  curriculum  developed  in the workshops  have  providedteachers  and  pre­service  teachers  a  variety  of  tools  to  incorporate  and  enhance  theirclasses  in  K­12  schools  through  the  utilization  of  computational  thinking  activities.  Theapproach utilized for  the  workshops has not  only  enhanced CT skills but also has providedideas  to  develop  lesson  plans  and  activities  for the  Common  Core State  Standards.  Thepresent  paper presents a summary of the activities developed for the workshops  as well asresults  that  the  participants  have  shared  on  the  utilization  of  the  acquired  skills  in  theirclassrooms.

Perez, A. J., & Lopez Hurtado, I., & Crichigno, J., & Peralta, R. R., & Torres, D. (2014, June), Enhancing Computational Thinking Skills for New Mexico Schools Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20413

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