Per SB 1505, the primary goal of the Native American Code Writers Program (NACWP) is to introduce computer code writing curriculum and deliver a technology-focused education to better engage Native American high school students. The Computer Science (CS) content is designed to help students think critically, problem-solve, and work with technology integration by using app development, gaming, website design, multimedia, cyber security and robotics.
The initiative is designed to address the education and workforce preparation of Native youth not only in Arizona, but across the nation. The NACWP provides for a highly integrative series of four, year-long computer science high school courses, strategically integrated with business and industry mentoring, shadowing and internship experiences. Participating students acquire the knowledge and skills required for information technology, industry certification and/or matriculation into higher education computer science and information technology degree programs.
The Code Writers Initiative Pilot Program for Native American students in Arizona began in 2016 with a substantial award to Science Foundation Arizona (SFA) for school year 2016-2017 implementation. After a successful pilot, the program was renamed the Native American Code Writers Program (NACWP), and in 2018, the grant was renewed and awarded additional funds to continue the NACWP through SB 1505.
Read SB 1505 to learn more about the revised statue that supports this program