ALTAMONTE & PINE CREST ELEMENTARY TO BECOME CODE TO THE FUTURE COMPUTER SCIENCE IMMERSION SCHOOLS
(SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce its partnership with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science program for magnet and theme-based schools. Our very own Altamonte and Pine Crest Elementary Schools have been selected to become the first Computer Science Immersion Schools in Florida. Students at these schools will have the opportunity to learn fundamentals of Computer Coding as part of their daily curriculum. Through this 21st century literacy, students will develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills. The program is designed to help students attain the skills needed for success later in their education and to have the opportunity to meet the demand for skilled employees in this field.
Code To The Future will engage and teach students through innovative ways such as block-based programming languages, robotics, and text-based programming environments. The theme for the block-based programming cycle is based on Scratch (a programming language from MIT), the robotics cycle theme is based on LEGO - including hands-on manipulatives and robotics, and the text-based programming theme is based on Minecraft (SCPS Action Item 4850). The curriculum starts students with hands-on activities and Scratch programming in Kindergarten, and to prepare students for exposure to Java in 4th and 5th grade.
To have these students learn coding at an early age will be able to set them apart from others in any setting. Reflecting on the partnership, Andrew Svehaug, CEO of Code To The Future said, “By learning to code, students will develop computational thinking skills that are helpful about things that is useful for other core content areas.” Seminole County will use coding to complement its core content areas and will continue to offer the same, outstanding instruction in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, and PE. Coding will be an exciting, integrated enhancement to the excellent learning already taking place within the district.
“I’m extremely excited for this upcoming school year and anxious to see how these innovative changes will have a direct impact on our students at Altamonte and Pine Crest Elementary Schools. This is the start of an innovative way to encourage our students to excel further in this area and to spread this program to other schools in the coming years as part of our CS 2020 initiative where all SCPS students will have exposure to Computer Science by the year 2020” said Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent, SCPS.