This year my students will be exposed to a variety of projects using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum. One area they will focus on will be learning how to use coding to make programs correctly perform functions.
Our school is a high-poverty, Title I school located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
My classroom contains 25 extremely diverse students, working on a variety of ability levels. It is comprised of learning support students, gifted students, as well as students working below, on, and above grade level.
Computer Science is an area that is only a minor focus within our curriculum. The students have really taken on a love of coding and many of them have become very good at it. The Sphero Mini App-Enabled Robotic Balls will be used to allow them to work in small groups on an app to control the robotic ball, using what they've learned about coding.
Computer Science is only a minor part of our curriculum.
This area is a huge part of society and jobs in the 21st century. Oftentimes students are not exposed to this until high school or even college, for those who are lucky enough to be able to attend. I want to introduce and expose my students to this area of learning in elementary school so they can broaden their knowledge of computer science.
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