Western Slope Now March 7, 2019
D51 Robotics Training
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The majority of schools nationwide don't teach computer science but District 51 is ahead of that curve.
They're now using a new tool in order to spark interest in the field at a young age.
This is the second year that MindSpark Learning has teamed up with District 51 to offer computer science classes to all students k-12.
In order to do so, they're training teachers on both coding and robotics.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Gill Foundation, over 12 robotics kits were provided to the district.
They hope to eventually build a pathway for students to develop skills that will help them in their future careers.
"The entire concept is teaching problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and design. All of these concepts, not just teaching programming and coding," said Tina Granato with MindSpark Learning.
Granato said these skills can be implemented in not only the tech industry, but any field students choose.
So far, 7 districts in the state have partnered with MindSpring Learning to bring coding and robotics courses to their classrooms.