New coding class prepares students for the future of tech
EDWARDSBURG, Michigan – Edwardsburg Middle School has a new classroom that harnesses the tech side of education and prepares students for new careers!
“I prepare students for jobs that don’t currently exist,” said Stephanie McElwrath, professor of technology at Edwardsburg Middle School.
She teaches a new computer coding course at 8e elementary school students, helping them develop their own technological skills.
“I have never had any experience with coding. I never thought I would have so much fun doing it, ”said Hanna Kertes, a student in the class.
So far the students have been working on web design, now they are making their own games.
The school began to diversify into technology education at the start of the 2017 school year by purchasing two 3D printers.
After seeing huge interest, McElwrath decided she wanted to give kids more options to code. Then she found code.org.
“It’s a completely online program,” McElwrath said. “From a teacher’s point of view, it’s a very comprehensive program. “
So she presented the idea to the school.
“I totally agreed with that,” said Edwardsburg Middle School principal Rebecca Crocker. “And it turned out to be one of the best quality shows I’ve seen. And it’s free.
Not only is the program free, there is also free training for McElwrath.
“I go to follow-up workshops once a quarter so that I am with the teachers I learned about this program with who come from all over Michigan,” said McElwrath. “I can sit with them and say, ‘hey, what problems are you having? “”
It’s a class that the staff say adds another layer of opportunities for children to find their strengths and prepares them for a job.
“These children will be citizens of the world. They are digital natives in a way that I never was when I was a student, ”Crocker said. “So allowing them to be successful in the world by giving them that foundation is priceless.”
Students say they plan to use these skills for the rest of their lives. Some are even now interested in pursuing a career in computer programming.
McElwrath says that with ever-changing technology, whatever the career of students, this course will benefit them.
“Having these basic coding skills will make them a lot more confident when they come out and look for those jobs and say, ‘I know how to do this. “”