Department Chair: Kevin Fowler, (505) 828-3211
The Computing Department provides opportunities to deliberately participate, collaborate, solve problems, and exercise creativity in a technology-driven setting where the extraordinary pace of change is, at times, both exhilarating and unsettling. As our world becomes more connected, it is imperative that our students are comfortable, confident, and well prepared for a safe journey in an ever-changing digital environment.
The department offers a series of courses and experiences in using technology, data analysis, and computation to think about issues across disciplines within a traditional liberal arts education. As students have more opportunities to collaborate and create, they build confidence in their abilities to harness and direct the awesome power of computing. New ideas and opportunities will come to them as they begin to imagine the part they can play as a leader, builder, and designer in a world we have yet to imagine.
In grade 8, concepts acquired in grade 7 will be integrated into the curriculum through computational thinking and spatial thinking concepts and practice. There is potential for new, dynamic directions within subject matter as we continue to build these real-world skills and knowledge into courses.
Students in grades 9-12 can engage their passion for computing by taking several electives. They can study computer science at the Advanced Placement level and learn to solve problems using various object-oriented programming languages. Our capstone course about the Internet of Things gives students the opportunity to invent — develop, engineer, and construct — their own products.