The students who will work on this project are predominately African-American urban youth living in the New Haven area. The students come from families of low socio-economic levels and have little interaction with computers. They are in third grade at the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School. Barnard is a school that services approximately 500 Pre-K through eighth grade students. The school’s magnet focus is on environmental studies; therefore, it has a strong emphasis on integrated science and math education.
Since many of the students have little computer experience, this lesson will introduce them to computers connected to the Internet. The computers will allow the students to access the most current information on data analysis, graphical representation, and physical health and wellness. In addition, this unit reaches objectives from the New Haven Public School’s third grade mathematics curriculum.