Computer Science for Middle School

CS4MS is a 6-month project, funded by the New Mexico Public Education Department, to support professional development in coding and support for after school coding clubs at 5 middle schools in Farmington Municipal Schools and Zuni Public Schools.

From the project narrative:

Farmington Municipal Schools and Zuni Public Schools will create brand new learning opportunities for approximately 150 middle school students to begin developing their knowledge of coding and application through after school programs. The core component of this project will be teacher professional development in coding tools and computer science curriculum, which teachers can then use with middle school students through after school learning experiences.

With CS4MS, students in after school coding clubs will explore the Google CS First Curriculum, which uses MIT’s Scratch as the coding platform. Download the Student Flyer.

Participating Schools:

  • Farmington Municipal Schools
    Hermosa Middle
    Mesa View Middle
    Tibbetts Middle
    Heights Middle
  • Zuni Public Schools
    Zuni Middle

Short-term outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate understanding of coding language, logic, and structure,
  2. Students can create applications within a collaborative setting and be able to share and distribute those applications, and
  3. Enrollment in high school computer science courses and experiences increases.

The long-term effects

  1. increased student interest in computer science career fields, which has been identified as a primary career-technical education pathway in our region,
  2. increased graduation rates by providing students with interest-based learning opportunities, and
  3. increased career opportunities within the region.