Elementary coding prepares students with real-world, technical skills

Elementary CodingGrowing career pathways within our schools are giving students unique opportunities to pursue their passions and gain vital skills needed to succeed in this ever-changing, global society. Visit any of our schools and you will see robust, active learning, including personalized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences that are exposing students to possible careers in the fast-growing STEM field.

New to this school year, a group of elementary teachers in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Department staff have launched an elementary coding program to expose our youngest students to real-world, hands-on learning. The program is available to all students in grades 1-5.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. With greater emphasis on cloud computing, information security, and data storage in the world we live in and work in today, these occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs across the U.S. We recognize the demand for workers in the STEM field means we must train students with the skills they will need to be successful in post-secondary opportunities and in their careers.

In addition to helping prepare Lakeville Area students with technical skills to succeed in the future, coding principles help expose our students to critical skill-sets including logical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication, which are important for all students to be successful in the classroom and upon graduation as they pursue their hopes and dreams.

Because there are no state or national standards in the area of coding to date, many districts like ours have developed curriculum to offer this important STEM-based learning. From Blue-bots, Ozobots, Spiros, iPads and more, elementary students are learning soft-skills and technical skills all while having hands-on fun.

To learn more about elementary coding, please contact Sandy Giorgi, director of elementary teaching and learning at 952-232-3684 or sandy.giorgi@isd194.org. Or, watch the Nov. 27 Board of Education meeting where students will be sharing first-hand how they are applying their learning in computer science and coding.

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