The Hour of Code is a global event occurring this year from December 9th-15th. Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Good news is, we’re on our way to create equity. Bristol Township School District middle school and elementary students learn about coding, technology, engineering, and STEM topics, through our PLTW courses, after school clubs, and in the library and media classes.
FDR Middle School Tiger Techs, our inhouse student IT experts, T visited the Keystone Elementary School in Croydon. Their mission was to introduce students to computer science. The Tiger Techs introduced, taught, and facilitated Hour of Code Events throughout various grade levels. In addition to their coding abilities, they also demonstrated leadership abilities; skills we also hope their younger peers will want to emulate. Tiger Techs also led the charge in Middle School.
Computer Science Activities activities are not limited to one week in December. Bristol Township School District offers opportunities to students K‑12 all year. Brookwood Elementary 4th grade students have been working on developing our coding skills. They put their coding skills to the test and created codes using the Sams Lab block kits. Students used problem solving skills and coding to create things such as light sensors, door bells, motion detectors, and even vehicles.Armstrong Middle school Students are working on a NASA challenge. District teachers are participating in a computational thinking course. BTSD is continuing to develop and expand STEM opportunities for our staff and students.