NM CS4ALL introduces computer science to high school students across the state of New Mexico.
By partnering with schools and offering teacher professional development in Computer Science we have reached over 800 high school students across the state. The course also gives students UNM college credit by offering a hybrid course (UNM CS108L).
NM CS4ALL was developed through a partnership between University of New Mexico, Irene Lee of the Santa Fe Institute, and school districts across New Mexico. NM CS4ALL was founded in 2012 with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Computing Education for the 21st Century program. With the first CS4ALL course in the nation, NM is positioned for success in education that prepares students for success in the digital economy. Contact us to make a donation to help this transformative program reach more NM students.
The K–12 Computer Science
Framework comes at a time when our nation’s education systems are adapting to a
21st century vision of students who are not just computer
users but also computationally literate creators who are
proficient in the concepts and practices of computer
science, October 2016.
Cruces, New Mexico should launch a moonshot effort to achieve 100 percent computer science literacy among graduating
high school seniors by 2020, March 2016.
President Obama announced a four billion dollar Computer Science For All Initiative to accelerate CS education in K-12 by training teachers, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials, and building effective regional partnerships, January 2016.
UNM Introduces New STEM Course - KRQE's Amy Walker, February 2015. "The University of New Mexico has been making a big push to get young students interested in fields related to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes."
NM CS4ALL has a unique focus on teaching
programming through modeling and simulation in addition to
core CS principles. Students learn how to apply
CS skills to address real-world problems in STEM
Students receive simultaneous high school and university (UNM) credit for NM CS4ALL.
Access for all
Our hybrid course matches online content from UNM with high school teachers leading hands-on CS programming in high school classrooms. In contrast to many other programs, NM CS4ALL is designed to teach CS to all high school students and is not limited to AP students, in excellent alignment with the new national initiative.
Scalability and teacher professional development
NM CS4ALL teachers complete the companion UNM teacher professional development course, which gives them the skills to mentor CS4All students in the classroom. Community building partnerships engage teachers who integrate NM CS4ALL into school districts across NM.
43 high school teachers have completed the CS4ALL teacher professional development course. These teachers have taught over 800 CS4All students in over 30 NM high schools. 80% of students passed the course
A remarkable 72% of NM CS4ALL students are from underrepresented groups in STEM. Notably 25% of students are Native American students and most are from rural districts
Program evaluations showed that both teachers and students had significant increases in learning objectives, and NM CS4ALL successfully engaged underrepresented students with 88% of students reporting “liking” or “really liking” the course
UNM students developed new learning modules to be used in a partnership with the UNM NASA Swarmathon Challenge, an annual swarm robotics competition engaging 400 students from minority serving colleges and universities across the US
Dr. Melanie Moses, Associate Professor of CS at UNM
Dr. Patrick Gage Kelley, Assistant Professor of CS at UNM
Kathleen Yeppa, Program Assistant
Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski, Lead Teacher