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Curriculum Design Study
The integration of computer science and mathematics for middle school is a growing area of interest for increasing students' access to computer science concepts. There are natural opportunities to merge the two when considering mathematics topics such as operations on numbers and interpreting and writing algebraic expressions, which are critical concepts for later mathematics. The project will select mathematics topics that research has shown to be challenging for students and develop computer science modules situated in real-world contexts to engage students' and support their learning of both the mathematics and computer science content. The project creates a collaboration between computer scientists, STEM education faculty, and practicing teachers in order to develop these learning modules for middle school. The project will investigate what is needed for schools and teachers to successfully integrate computer science and mathematics. Evidence of learning will be gathered from student work in small groups and individual assessment data.

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