Code to the Future
Kindergartners Learn to Code in Loudoun County
One Loudoun County school is preparing kids early with the building blocks for coding. News4's Aimee Cho reports. (Published Monday, Sep 17, 2018 | Credit: Aimee Cho)
On April 10, 2018, at 6:15 pm, PBS News Hour published the following, "Learning computer coding opens up ‘endless world’ for these kids" covering the Code to the Future Partnership with LCPS. This video was produced by four Dominion HS newspaper students: Morgan Fischer, Sanchita Pandey, Alison Pataky, and Karen Ramos.You can see the full video and transcript here.
Loudoun County Public Schools is going to make coding our second language, but the question is: “why?” Computer Science Immersion Schools are using computer programming to help tackle authentic, challenging problems in the world. Students will share solutions featuring computer programming with a real-world audience beyond their teacher, and collaborate with experts in the world as they use computer-programming to solve problems. These experiences will contribute to student ownership of their work, and deeper, longer-lasting learning in all content areas. In 2017, Loudoun County Public Schools selected three lighthouse schools to be the first computer immersion schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, working with Code to the Future. These schools were intentionally chosen through an application process to lead the shift in the paradigm; infusing computer science into the daily curriculum; to consistently and effectively use the 5 C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Contribution) to prepare students for the challenges associated with authentic problems and make meaningful contributions to the world.Immersing Students in Computer Science at LCPSLCPS partnered with Code to the Future from 2017-2020 at three schools to support a Computer Science Immersion Program. The mission of Code to the Future is: “to inspire students to become aware of their incredible potential, and equip them with the skills necessary for success in school and life.” The three schools in LCPS that were accepted through the application process were: Meadowland ES, Moorefield Station ES, and Round Hill ES. These three schools are “lighthouse” schools – the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be engaged in the Code to the Future Computer Science Immersion Program. Students at these schools engaged in a structured program provided by Code to the Future that provided them with no fewer than 30 minutes of Computer Science lessons and activities per instructional day – these activities included: learning programming languages and how to apply what they learn using LEGOs and Minecraft. Computer Science lessons were “woven” into other core subject area instructional time and teachers were provided weekly support and coaching from Mr. Joshua Johnson, a Code to the Future “Coach” who provided instructional resources and lessons to help students solve relevant and authentic problems – these, in turn, were showcased throughout the school year to the communities of these schools; these showcases, known as “Epic Builds” occured several times a year.