“Every student at every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” Code.org
It is estimated that there will be one million jobs available in computer science fields by 2020, but even as those numbers increase it is still overlooked in the educational realm. At Penn Christian Academy, we are doing our part to close that gap with our students. In the fall of 2015, computer science programs for robotics and coding/programming were integrated into our technology curriculum. To better equip our students, it was vital that we begin to add these components of STEM programming.
Robotics: To ensure that each student has exposure to these programs, four weeks is dedicated to learning the basics of robotics for grades K-6. During this time, students work with gears, motors, sensors, etc., to create robots of different kinds. Some robots are powered by sensors, while others are created out of recycled materials. In addition to class time, groups of students meet monthly to build with Lego Robotics, reinforcing the concepts that are taught in the classroom.
Mrs. Kara Kelly, PCA’s technology teacher, states, “I stand back in amazement of how these students soar. These technologies are giving students the chance to start young, and find passion within themselves that they didn’t know existed.”