The Code Twins, a children’s book from Skyward, introduces coding concepts to young readers of all backgrounds as they take on a programming mission with the book’s main characters—Brett, Yvette, and their robot friend, Cody Point Two. Along the way, Brett and Yvette help to code Cody Point Two to learn and accomplish new tasks. Their story, told in verse, features colorful illustrations and engaging experiences that demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and more. The ebook, which is sponsored by Mid-State Technical College and the Central Wisconsin InformationTechnology Alliance, is currently available to download at no charge in various formats (Kindle, Apple Books, ePub, or PDF).
This blog is the second in a series on the importance of mentoring girls and young women through a compassionate “lean-in” culture of practice. Check out the first post “Mentoring Girls and Young Women Through a Compassionate ‘Lean-In’ Culture of Practice.” This post will provide just-in-time resources to help you model how to provide access and equity to robust science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources for ALL students, and how to infuse hands-on STEM learning experiences throughout your subject areas and all K–12 grade-level bands.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
CoderZ League (formerly Cyber Robotics Coding Competition) is an exciting, engaging, and entertaining virtual robotics competition for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, robotics, and coding, and to ignite their technology career paths.