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Computer Science for All in New Mexico

Objectives

Truth or Consequences Municipal School District (TCMSD) embarked on a three-year implementation strategy to introduce computer science (CS) to every student at Truth or Consequences Elementary School (K-3) and Sierra Elementary School (4-5). BootUp's goal is to enable students to understand the technology shaping their world and equip them with the computational thinking skills they need to succeed.

Solutions

Despite the sweeping challenges COVID-19 brought into everyday life, Truth and Consequences took on the mission to bring CS education to their elementary school students. To reach every student, Truth or Consequences Elementary and Sierra Elementary provided CS instruction during weekly specials as well as weekly computer time. Most grade levels had the opportunity to receive CS instruction up to twice a week, ranging from 30 minutes for K-3 and 45 minutes for 4-5.

At a Glance

Challenges

  • Reaching underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Few coding opportunities in rural areas
  • Pandemic effects

Benefits

  • No experience needed
  • Interest-driven lessons
  • Micro:bit training
  • Aligned with K12 Computer Science Framework and CSTA Standards

Outcomes

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Classroom Teachers, including Computer Teachers and IT staff

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Truth or Consequences Elementary (K-3) and Sierra Elementary (4-5)

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A mixture of PD workshops, on-site support, and instructional coach course for a total of 50-80 hours of BootUp Support.

BootUp gave me the confidence I needed to teach coding on the very first day. It’s a low floor with a high ceiling. You don’t have to know anything about coding to start. But once you do, the sky’s the limit."

James Leighton, Desert Thunder Elementary School - Avondale, AZ

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