Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (http://cty.jhu.edu/) offers online courses in a variety of subjects. But according to CTY’s senior director, Patricia Wallace, web development classes geared toward elementary and middle school students are by far the most popular.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal relates the young age at which kids are taking coding classes and how online programs such as the ones at CTY are popular because most schools don’t offer them in the classroom.
CTY’s enrollment grew from 63 students in 2009, to 762 enrollments so far this year.
He’s also becoming familiar with Apple’s XCode environment so he can build an app he’s invented.
Another program, CoderDojo (coderdojo.com) was mentioned in the WSJ and in a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune report. A few excerpts:
“Move over Spanish, French and Chinese.
A new set of languages, with names like Python, Ruby and Java, are on the rise.
In an age when technology plays an increasing role in everyone’s lives, there’s a growing movement nationally and in the Twin Cities to teach kids how to talk to computers.
Yet the lessons, for the most part, aren’t coming in school classrooms but through tablet apps, website tutorials and weekend workshops.
Tech companies, in particular, are clamoring for more kids to learn computer coding, even opening their offices to teach the youngsters who may one day apply for jobs.
The free CoderDojo workshops, launched this spring and held every few weeks, draw 30 to 40 kids, ages 8 to 17.
They cluster in groups to play with different programming languages, doing everything from basic animation to Web design under the guidance of mentors who work in the Twin Cities tech community.”
Another article, in the New York Times last week, showcased an updated national curriculum in England that will soon expose every child in the state school system to computer programming, starting at age five:
“Exposing students to coding from an early age helps to demystify an area that can be intimidating. It also breaks down stereotypes of computer scientists as boring geeks, supporters argue. Plus, they say, programming is highly creative: Studying it can help to develop problem-solving abilities, as well as equip students for a world transformed by technology.
We don’t teach music in school to make everyone a concert violinist,” says Clive Beale, director of educational development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a nonprofit organization based near Cambridge, England that promotes computer studies in schools. “We’re not trying to make everyone a computer scientist, but what we’re saying is, ‘this is how these things work, it’s good for everyone to understand the basics of how these things work. And by the way, you might be really good at it.
Kids these days are all stuck to their phones, their tablets, and are constantly using technology, but very few of them are learning how to create it,” said Roxanne Emadi, a strategist at Code.org, an advocacy group based in Seattle that is behind the Hour of Code effort. “Even if it’s something simple, like a kid programming a maze or programming a robot, when you can see your work brought to life, that’s where light bulbs go off.”
This sounds very Careerwise, doesn’t it? Perhaps parents, teachers and curriculum developers should conduct focus groups amongst their kids at home and in the classroom to hear how they feel about coding classes.
My guess is that most kids will say it’s a language they’d love to learn!
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Who doesn’t love a pb&j? Or a pb and b? Or pb on toast? Or pb in cookies and M&Ms? (Add your favorite ways to eat peanut butter here.)
Well, March is Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month and there are a whole lot of fun -and tasty- ways to connect this recognition of the mighty little nut to important school subjects.
First, here’s a list of interesting facts I found on www.peanutbutterlovers.com:
- Peanuts are not actually nuts at all! They are legumes – like beans, peas and lentils.
- Americans eat three pounds of peanut butter per person every year – enough PB to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!
- One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
- Two former U.S. Presidents were peanut farmers: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
- The peanut plant is unusual because it flowers above the ground, but fruits below the ground.
- Runner peanuts are preferred for peanut butter, and are grown primarily in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
- Peanut shells are used to make kitty litter, wallboard, fireplace logs, paper and animal feed, and are sometimes used as fuel for power plants.
- Africans ground peanuts into stews as early as the 1400s; Chinese have crushed peanuts into creamy sauces for centuries; and Civil War soldiers dined on “peanut porridge.”
So what are some of the ways you can use Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month for career awareness and exploration? Let me get you started on what to explore:
· What professionals are involved with growing peanuts?
· What professional would you go to if you think you have a peanut allergy? What STEM education must they have to help you?
· Who discovered that certain individuals are allergic to peanuts and other legumes?
· What is a soil engineer? What STEM subjects do they apply in their profession?
· What is your favorite brand of peanut butter and what types of individuals does the company who makes it employ? Does everyone need STEM skills who works there? Why or Why not?
· Who comes up with peanut butter recipes? What STEM education must they have?
· Do the farmers who grow peanuts need STEM skills? Why?
Here is an interesting video profile of peanut farmer Nick Marshall; write down what you learn from him about his career:
Ok, now go nuts and spread the word about Peanut Butter!!
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Flipping through the February issue of Coastal Living Magazine while pretending to care about the Super Bowl, I came upon a great article about a young guy in Rhode Island who turned a passion for coastal treasures he found into a hot new product line.
Kiel James (kieljamespatrick.com) relates how although he grew up in the 80’s he’d always been drawn to things from earlier decades.
“My childhood was spent digging in the attics of my grandparents and neighbors, searching for old typewriters, lobster traps, buoys – anything I could find that reminded me of classic New England.”
I checked out his site which is filled with great photos of his products, friends and lifestyle.
I also found out that he has a mission statement and high standards. To wit:
From humble roots as a personal hobby, selling out inventory at craft shows throughout New England to worldwide distribution, the Kiel James Patrick brand has always maintained its commitment to solid construction and American Made virtue. From the buttons to each individual stitch, KJP products are 100% USA Made.
Patrick doesn’t just have style, he obviously has business savvy too. His products are now distributed worldwide on the Web and at boutiques from California to Rome and Tokyo.
Good for him. And what a good story for entrepreneurial kids who want to get careerwise!
Here are some next steps on how to do that:
· Look up Kiel James Patrick to explore his career and business path in depth;
· Think about what passions you have and how you could turn them into a business;
· Consider what mission statements and standards you would set for yourself;
· Find out why “Made in America’ is a great commitment, especially in our economy
· Research what it takes to start a business in your state
· Remember that the greatest treasure you can uncover is your own passion!
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I found a wonderful resource today on the STEMConnector website.
This great organization, which promotes STEM education through many channels, events, media, partnerships and information sharing, has posted a PDF with profiles of 100 Women Leaders in STEM.
These female STEM professionals represent all career clusters as well as many paths to success. What a great document to use for career awareness activities – for girls and boys!
These interesting women also share their insiders’ perspectives about the traits needed to advance in STEM professions.
Then help kids start connecting- the-dots between their STEM school subjects and the fascinating careers that await them!
What a fun way to help kids get careerwise!
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