MONROE – Schools throughout Union County celebrated Computer Science Education Week, beginning Dec. 4, with a variety of hands-on activities.
Union Academy hoped to demystify coding for all 1,700 of its charter school students on Dec. 5 by showing them the magic behind their favorite videos games, such as “Minecraft.”
In Union County Public Schools, the hope was to get students familiar with computer science skills, such as analyzing and interpreting data, as well as designing solutions.
Here’s a sampling of what area UCPS schools have been doing this week:
• Wesley Chapel Elementary – Second-graders participated in an Hour of Code session, led by a parent volunteer who works in the technology field.
• Indian Trail Elementary – Students in third through fifth grade learned how to code Finch Robots in the school’s Makerspace Corner.
• Porter Ridge Middle – Students in the school’s Adapted Curriculum Classroom were exposed to coding.
• Sardis Elementary – Fourth-graders collaborated to create a computer science-related commercial.
• Parkwood Middle – Student Success teachers discussed technology’s effect on the world and how computer science-related skills can be applied to a variety of industries. Eighth grade social studies students are set to present MAD-Learn mobile app projects Dec.7.
• Cuthbertson Middle – Cuthbertson High students will demonstrate robotics and STEM projects to eighth-graders on Dec. 8.