Carroll University and the School District of Waukesha kicked off a new partnership during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13) to rev up student interest in computer coding at the grade-school level.
Over 1,125 students in more than 40 classrooms across Grades 3-5 signed up for the virtual launch of the program Dec. 9. The bulk of teaching and learning about coding will take place in 2021 when Waukesha students will work with Carroll computer science
alums Bob Graff and Lorne von Asten
and Carroll student Meghan Gamradt.
Brian Yearling, instructional technologies coordinator for the district, said Carroll School of Education and Human Services
students Taylor Dushack, Desirae Dunn, Meghan Mueller, Madeline Vang and Kalie Forcier are developing the lessons for the program, which will continue in February.
“Through our partnership with Carroll University, the School of Education students are hard at work developing more self-paced Hour of Code modules that will be available to Waukesha students in the Blackboard program,” Yearling said.
“Students will explore new coding tools as they complete the three tutorials aimed at students in Grades 3-5. And we will introduce a ‘challenge’ that will inspire students to keep coding and complete all three modules,” he said..
Carroll mascot Pio Pete was a hit during a guest appearance on the virtual event, showing the children he also is excited about coding and learning.
The Waukesha Instructional Technologies Coordinator Team includes Yearling, Kristin Brouchoud and Wendy Liska; the Carroll University Hour of Code planning team includes Jane Hopp, Theresa Barry
, Mohammad Samarah, Charles Byler, Kathy Kramer
, John Gnadinger
and Kim Hofkamp