Sully Elementary Students Crack the Code with a Donation from iRobot


Thanks to a collaboration between iRobot, the maker of Roomba, and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Sully Elementary School received a donation of 10 iRobots. The donation increases opportunities for students to experience and contribute to real-world STEM topics like engineering, design thinking and coding.

Dr. Daniel Smith, LCPS acting superintendent, and members of LCPS leadership celebrated the donation with Sully's third-grade students, interacting with the robots in this new hands-on learning experience.

"Access to cutting-edge products will benefit students as they increase their knowledge and skills for their future. Learning to code unveils experiences and attributes that will support student success in college and a career. The innate critical and creative thinking that occurs in STEM supports collaboration with teachers and peers to solve challenges that arise. This donation will contribute to the well-rounded education at Sully and LCPS as a whole," Dr. Smith shared.

LCPS has been integrating the Computer Science  Standards of Learning (SOL) into daily instruction since their inception in 2017 in grades K-8. The Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline program established with Chesapeake Public Schools in Spring 2020 expanded the focus of providing Computer Science instruction for all LCPS students by providing more courses and connections to the business community and necessary workforce readiness skills.

 

The LCPS Computer Science Equipment model has embraced the iRobot Root Robot for students in grades K-8 and the iRobot donation further expands LCPS’ pioneering of computer science education for all students.





Published January 30, 2023