My students need one iMac computer to be able to code and create video games through Gamestar Mechanic.
Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.
My students come from a high-poverty neighborhood with a very diverse range of home structures: nuclear, single parent, foster and migrant, to name a few.
My students love to be at school and enjoy learning, especially when the activities are hands-on. Many of my students are English Language Learners that attend a public school in the Los Angeles area. They are always excited to experience any kind of technology that I'm able to bring to my class.
Over the next ten years 1.4 million jobs in computer science will be available and only 400,000 grads will qualify for these jobs. I want my students to get a brief sense of creating codes and programs before getting to middle school with this computer. I want them to show me their creativity, test ideas and work collaboratively by building games together. I will use GameStar Mechanics, Scratch, Tynker and CargoBot to introduce the basics of Coding and Programing. These will allow my students to be problem solvers by using math and physics. The computer I'm requesting will also help me with my robotics program that I'm trying to build with my GATE students. I will download different programs to the computer that I'm requesting to make my robotics more functional. I want to make school fun by embracing technology and making learning more engaging. It will help me with the STEM program.
We want our students not to be consumers but designers of technology.
To reach students you need to be savvy with technology but is difficult when schools don't provide the tools for learning to happen. Last year my school got a $20,000 grant for technology still today we haven't receive anything from the school's principal. Is a very sad situation!
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