Code To The Future

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    How do you prepare students for the jobs of the future that don’t exist yet? It has been estimated that over 80% of the jobs that will exist by 2030 haven’t even been invented yet!  Here at Chaparral Academy of Technology, we are truly preparing students for success in a rapidly changing global economy. We are proud to be one of only two Code to the Future Computer Science Immersion Schools in the entire Inland Empire! We became a Code to the Future computer science immersion school in 2018. Our Code to the Future affiliation provides us with the professional development, coaching, and curriculum to teach coding to all students, grades K-5th. Our students learn Scratch, a block-based coding program; LEGO robotics, which also involves block-based coding; and Minecraft, which helps them learn Javascript. We host three showcases a year, called Epic Builds, to share our students’ projects.

     

    Research shows that coding helps students become collaborative team players and creative thinkers who can demonstrate systematic reasoning skills. One researcher found that coding “increases problem-solving skills: being able to follow programming logic trains the mind to think in more analytical ways and debugging a program leads to better problem-solving skills” (Golpin, 2014). Learning to become a creator (rather than merely a consumer) of technology has many benefits. Students “construct, hypothesize, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions in the process of creating a game” (Schwarz, 1999). Learning how to code “helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity” (www.code.org, accessed January 29th, 2018). Other researchers have noted that computer programming promotes good work habits, to include checking one’s work for details, applying logic, persisting with a task, and collaborating with a team (Heese, 2014). Here at Chaparral, we have definitely seen this research in action! We are also happy to share that although there’s plenty of rigorous learning involved, coding games and robots is just plain FUN! Please come to an Epic Build to see our students’ pride in their creations and hear their presentations about how they constructed their special projects using technology that will give them a competitive edge in an ever-changing world.

     

    Student Showing off their coding project. Students demonstrating Coding to their parents. Student Presenters