Working in secondary education since 2001 has allowed me to see how 21st century technologies are changing the educational landscape. Technology has crept into all corners of our society changing the way we communicate, learn, experience and live our lives. Students graduating today need skills that were not even conceived of 20 years ago. Many of our student’s first jobs will be careers that don’t even currently exist.
I enjoy working at the high school level bringing the world of code to my students. Their inquisitive nature and desire to ask “how does that work” or “what happens when” makes my teaching experience extremely fulfilling. I have learned from this experience that 21st century learners need to be exposed in greater depth to technology skills and the thought processes involved in creating at a much earlier age than high school. Unfortunately STEM is not part of many of our student’s curriculum at the elementary or secondary levels. I believe that with the tools available today Code Play Learn can successfully bring STEM learning opportunities to the pre-k, elementary and middle school grades.
Code Play Learn participants will build their ability to think critically as the build, code, test and modify their STEM projects. STEM inspires students to think analytically as they need to explore "how" and "why" something works. They are also driven to be creative as they design, build, test and fix their own computer programs.
“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“ will.i.am Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur