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UTEP, EPISD partner to create bi-cultural, bi-literate computer science curriculum

 

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- May 14, 2021) — EPISD and the University of Texas at El Paso recently partnered to create a bi-literate, bi-cultural curriculum aimed at increasing the number of Latinos and Latinas in the field of computer science.

In this research practice partnership researchers from UTEP and educators from Guillen Middle School and the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy created and piloted curriculum to teach computational thinking in middle school using bilingual and culturally relevant pedagogies. 

Their aim is to increase Latinx students’—and especially bilingual and English learner students’—participation in computer science. The pilot curriculum uses Sol y Agua, a computer game based on the geography, cultures, and languages of the El Paso US-Mexico borderland region, within a bilingual (Spanish/English) project-based learning module. 

Check out this great video explaining the project, which was presented at the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase earlier this month.

Story by Gustavo Reveles