The grant will be used to transform the district's elementary computer labs into I.D.E.A. (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Arts) Exchanges that incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math exploration and learning.
"These collaborative spaces will encourage students to create and design interdisciplinary projects, learn about and solve real world problems, write and experiment with code, and explore with the newest technologies," said
In addition, the district's elementary curriculum will expand to include an introduction to computational thinking, understanding the design process and coding in grades K-2 and then expand this focus for grades 3-5 to include more in-depth opportunities in coding, game design and robotics.
"Students will experience a shift in learning from technology skill-based instruction to more hands-on, problem-based, design-oriented learning that encourages exploration, experimentation and play," Bichsel said. "This type of learning requires students to takes risks, make mistakes, and reflect upon and learn from those mistakes."
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