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EBP: The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers for Latino/a Youth
This work examines the extent to which community-based technology centers that incorporate open educational resources can provide the educational structure needed to motivate and prepare underserved high school students, particularly Latino/a students in rural communities, for careers in computer science (CS). Community centers are uniquely positioned to provide access to relevant technology and instruction, scaffolding for CS learning, and a network of support, but there is little research on how to optimize their impact for youth that are poorly served by their local school systems. This project will lead to a model for other community technology centers to build educational and career pathways by leveraging online resources, linking them to national CS standards as well as local industry needs and supporting that learning with effective mentorship.

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Why the Digital NEST?
"A high school student has to sit outside her neighbor's door to access Wi-Fi to complete homework assignments. A college student uses three outdated computers to complete one research project,…