June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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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. 10.18260/1-2--20413
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