Goldbeck Family Grant: Come on, let's code!
- School Year: 2018-2019
- Applicants: Joseph Tavera, Lead Teacher, Caroline Anderson, Virginia L'Etoile
- School: Webster Hill
- Subjects: Math, Science, Technology, Other ~ Engineering
Imagine a place where 375 students from pre-kindergarten through grade five have the opportunity to learn essential skills to be college and career ready. Coding, a twenty-first-century literacy skill, and computer programming go hand in hand. Code tells a computer what to do and is developed by programmers. Providing students with coding experiences and making meaningful connections to the Connecticut Core Standards across content areas will create a clear path for each of our students to achieve success. This grant will allow teachers to purchase four tools to help students code, which go beyond opportunities for programming on websites as is current practice, and implement age-appropriate coding experiences for students at Webster Hill Elementary School. Beyond learning how to create code, students will engage in open-ended problem solving through collaboration, perseverance, attention to precision and patterns. Common experiences for each age range will provide flexibility to tailor coding experiences to each group and child’s level. We will assess evolving fluency through artifact-based interviews by having students reflect on problems they run into and how they came up with solutions.