Code to the Future – Coding | Classroom & Beyond

Code to the Future – Coding | Classroom & Beyond


This is our first year of being a magnet school. It’s been years in the making. We have been known in Lancaster School District
as having a lot of technology and very technology savvy people. When we heard about the Code to the Future
program we decided that it was a good fit for us and so we got the approval from our
school district to become a computer science magnet school in partnership with a company
called Code to the Future. So the teachers went through a training with
Code to the Future and we got trained on Scratch and we built some of the projects that the
kids were actually going to build so we could be familiar with the blocks and how to create
a project. And what we do is all of the projects are
broken down into seven lessons. Every week we teach the kids a new skill to
build and so every week they’re adding to their project. By the end of the seven weeks they will have
a completed project. This is their first year doing our program
and we’re introducing the students as well as the teachers to computer science and the
fundamentals of block based coding as well as engineering concepts. So the students are our primary goal for this
purpose but without our teachers the students will never learn. Us coaches come into the classrooms every
other week so it is the teachers responsibility to go ahead and enforce those lessons and
to teach and coach those lessons when we’re not in there. So if the teachers don’t understand it then
the students will never understand it as the end result. And that’s what separates Code to the Future
from other companies is that we come in and model for the teachers so they’re able to
learn our curriculum through that model. Which one of these might music be under? Everybody. Sound! Excellent so let’s go ahead and click on sound. How it works is the kids learn about block
based coding and robotics and text based coding and woven in with that coding and all those
skills is our regular program. So the coding program starts from kindergarten,
T-K, all the way up to sixth grade and everyone during this round worked on Scratch which
is a web based program that teaches the kids about block coding. And every grade level had a different project
to work on. For example in kindergarten they learned how
to animate their names and their letters. And in first grade they wrote about themselves
and then animated that within the Scratch program. Second grade created a maze game and third
grade created a poll position racing game. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade took their
projects and made it more academic based so that it is integrating the different science,
social studies, math, and language arts so you’ll see different projects in that area. It’s one of the best feelings to know that
the students love and enjoy coding. They get excited, they’re having fun in the
classroom, and we’re able to integrate something they love, electronics, and into something
they’re able to learn and actually have that skillset to succeed in the future. Technology is all around us and for our students
to be able to be a part of that technology at an early age is only going to benefit them
for jobs, for career paths, as well as breaking gaps in regards to social equity as well as
gender equity. Our primary goal is really to introduce women
at a young age to coding and to break that stereotype that coding is only for males. And by doing this here at Mariposa being as
early as kindergarten we’re letting the everybody know that it’s an equal opportunity to become
an engineer, to understand coding, but most importantly to have that critical thinking
and to be able to debug.

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