Bristol Township School District STEM Forward

        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.