Borland Manor Principal Marella McConnell, 3rd grade teacher Heidi Pastore, and 4th grade student Ethan A. presented at the annual TRETC conference sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council at Baldwin High School on Monday, October 14th.
The team presented on the partnership between the Canon-McMillan School District and the Code to the Future program. The presentation included first-hand feedback from the administrative, teacher, and student perspectives. Ethan A. was able to showcase his evolution in computer science programming from an introduction to Scratch, to the exploration of Lego Education Robotics, and in the Minecraft Education program. He was able to showcase his projects that he authored last year as a third grade student, to his current Scratch integration project thus far into his fourth grade year.
Aside from the unique perspectives that the presentation team was able to provide first-hand, their message conveyed the importance and value of the equity of providing computer science program offerings to all students. Equally exciting, this computer science endeavor begins with our kindergarten students offering a comprehensive solution to computational thinking and coding.