PLE students teach administrators about coding

PLE students teach administrators about coding
Posted on 10/11/2018
This is the image for the news article titled PLE students teach administrators about codingThis time, the students were the teachers and the administrators were the students.

Three students from Palmer-Laakso Elementary demonstrated to Los Fresnos CISD how easy coding can be part as part of the monthly Leadership Team meeting.

Last spring, the district made the commitment to implement STEM education into the elementary schools with the introduction of coding labs. The initiative will develop skills of elementary school students in grades K through 5 to help them reach a higher level of proficiency in computer science.

Brenda Rebolloso, PLE Coding Lab teacher, explained the basic concepts of coding to 20 district administrators, including Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar.

She was accompanied by students second grader Jackson Oakes, third grader Nicholas Sandoval and fifth grader Braden Londrie.

"Coding empowers students to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks," Rebolloso told the administrators. "Learning coding enables students to not only understand the technology, but also be empowered with the skills they will need in the future."

The goals for each grade level vary. For example, kindergarten and first grade students will learn to design and evaluate a program, while fifth grade students will be able to identify basic input and output devices in computer systems.

The coding becomes for for the students when they use the five robots depending on grade level – Code-a-Pillar, Bee-Bot, Ozobot, Dash and Dot, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Robotics and Automation.

During the presentation, the children demonstrated how to code the various robots. The administrators then received a quick course on coding the robots, and the students were the ones assisting them.

Rebolloso said that the Coding Lab has gotten off to a fast start at PLE.

"They are loving the coding labs," Rebolloso said. "I have already received notes that they wish they could be in the Coding Lab all day every day. They are feeling empowered with what they are learning. They tell me every day that they wish they could go home and use the robots."

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