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Tech Savvy Parenting Night: STEM

The BPS EdTech Team is excited to announce our next Tech Savvy Parenting night, “Branching Out with STEM.” This is the third installment of our Digital Bootcamp Series and this time our focus is on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

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Members of the BPS EdTech Team, along with BHS Help Desk students, will provide parents and their children with information about the current state and future trends of STEM, including opportunities for young women. Parents will receive an overview of the K-12 STEM curriculum offered in Burlington and learn about potential college majors and STEM related career paths. We will also provide a list of FREE resources designed to keep children of all ages engaged in STEM activities year round. The evening will conclude with hands-on Hour of Code activities for the entire family. Parents and students will select from a variety of free coding tutorials and explore the basics of computer programming with support from the BPS EdTech Team and BHS Help Desk students. This fun and educational event is one you don’t want to miss!

Please register to attend by completing the registration form below. We look forward to seeing the whole family on Monday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Any questions about this event may directed to BPS Mobile Learning Coach Jenn Scheffer at jscheffer@bpsk12.org

Hour of Code at Francis Wyman

Hour of CodeLast  week Francis Wyman took part in code.org‘s Hour of Code. It was a nation-wide effort to expose k-12 students to Computer Science. At Francis Wyman, every class in grades 2-5 spent an hour learning about computer programming. Some came down to the computer lab; others did the hour on iPads. First grade will do their Hour of Code this week.

Code.org has a great k-8 tutorial teaching students the basics of coding. They also have tutorials for older learners as well. These work across devices (laptop, iPad, etc) and are web-based so you can try them out at home.

However, this wasn’t really about learning to code. It was a quick exposure to Computer Science. It was about logical and sequential thinking. It was about finding creative and efficient solutions to problems. Though the tutorials were individual, it was great to see the students quickly come together to work in small ad hoc groups to find success.

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Every day we have countless interactions with computers: cell phones, traffic lights, microwaves, your house’s thermostat. Do you know how those things work?