My students live in one of the richest cities in the world, yet their schools are terribly underfunded. San Francisco is the technology center of the world. I'm trying to help my students prepare for careers that require strong technical skills. But with minimal funding available for resources and supplies, preparing my students becomes more difficult by the day.
My students come from a wide range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of San Francisco.
We have students from all ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, and cultures, with many students speaking English as a second language.
Many Computer Science courses utilize "Turtle" programming as an entry point for students because it is fun and intuitive. The original Turtle programming was done with a robot that drew lines on the floor. But most Turtle programming is now done in a simulated environment on a computer screen. Spheros provide an opportunity to bring Turtle programming back into the physical world, which will help engage more students.
AP Computer Science Principles incorporates numerous "Turtle" logic problems that will be fun to solve in the real-world with the Sphero robots.
Spheros are also just a ton of fun, which will help motivate struggling students and keep them engaging as they learn Computer Science.
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