- Early Childhood
by Shari Lariviere, Lower School STEAM Coordinator
Our youngest students are learning the universal language of coding.
During the week of December 9 through the 15th, which is national science week and national Hour of Code Week, The Country School students and faculty proudly hosted an Hour of Code event.
“The Hour of Code is a global movement with students participating in 180 different countries. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.” Hour of Code
Students from PreSchool through grade 8 all engaged in at least one hour of coding activities during the week. Our youngest students participated in off-screen coding games that teach simple algorithms, basic coding language, finding bugs in a system, and working together to write basic codes. Students then got their hands on actual robotic devices: Preschool students worked with Code-a-pillar, PreK students explored and played with Ozobot robots, Kindergarten and First Graders navigated Spheros. We are grateful to have received the generous Rothberg Catalyzer donation made to the Country School in 2018. This donation has allowed us to provide a diverse inventory of robotic devices to students schoolwide.
During one activity, a PreK student shared, ”I can’t wait to show my parents that I can code, I don’t think they even know how to do it.” A third-grade student insisted, “This is so easy, can we try something harder?” The teacher’s answer, tongue in cheek, ”Absolutely, I thought you’d never ask!” In addition to The Hour of Code, STEAM is a signature program at The Country School. Our teachers integrate technology throughout their curriculum on a regular basis.
We offer several after school clubs which foster and encourage our students to code and explore cutting edge technology and robotics. Coding is considered the new universal language and we believe that our students should be well-versed in this language. Technology integration and instruction are just another unique thread in the rich fabric of education that we provide our students and families at The Country School, where, “Education Lasts a Lifetime!”