Explora, Code.org bringing more computer science to New Mexico classrooms


Students across the state may soon have better access to computer science and STEM education.

Explora and Code.org are on a mission to bring computer science classes to schools across the state.

The two organizations are combining efforts to train teachers regionally, bringing computer education, not only to the state’s urban areas like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, but to rural areas, as well, where teachers and students may not have as many resources.

“There are a lot of people not represented in the computer science field and our mission with Code.org and Explora is that every student, every school can have the opportunity to study computer science,” said Kevin Dilley, STEM Learning Coordinator at Explora. “Students here in New Mexico that are in the rural schools, students that are Native American or Hispanic, ones that are in the majors of computer science, in the industries of computer science, professionals, so we are trying to see what reach computer science can have in the United States and in New Mexico.”

Explora hopes to recruit about 30 middle school and 30 high school teachers this year.

With those additions, they can bring that many more classes and reach new schools in the state, giving more New Mexico students access to computer science.

“We are able to reach a lot of different teachers, train them to become proficient in teaching computer science in New Mexico and thus, being able to reach students,” said Dilley.

They also hope to train those teachers for the upcoming school year with a 5-day summer workshop and follow-up workshops throughout the school year.

Explora and Code.org are also working with the New Mexico Computer Science Teachers Association and the state legislature to bring funding and policies to support computer education in New Mexico.

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