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Every year, Alpine Elementary IB World School hosts Computer Science Education Week. Our goal is to expose our staff, students and community to the virtues of Computer Science Education. According to CSEd.week.org, computer science drives innovation but only 33 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation. Experts believe that every 21st century learner should learn about algorithms, how to make an app, and how the internet works, just like they learn about photosynthesis, electricity or the digestive system. Computer Science affects every job in some way.Right now, there are over 500,000 computing jobs in the country but only 42,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce. As educators at Alpine, we want to do something about it.
At Alpine we try and incorporate standards from the the Colorado Science Teacher's Association into our every day work. However, once a year, this year from December 5-9, we also host a week of Computer Science Learning Labs for all of our students, PK-5th grade. Students will engage in Computer Science activities in their classroom, will pair up with buddy classes to work together and learn from each other, and will attend the Lab to explore all five of the Computer Science Strands, which include computational thinking, computer software systems, computer hardware systems, collaborative learning and creating, and global and ethical implications with technology. Through this exposure and exploration, we hope to start children down a path of self-discovery, identifying interests, talents and learning opportunities within Computer Science. We are not yet where we want to be, but we are definitely on our way!
Are you interested in Computer Science Education in elementary school? Come see what we're all about!