CTE Grant Brings Coding to Manteo Middle School
CTE Grant Brings Coding to Manteo Middle School
Posted on 01/29/2018
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Manteo — The science of computer programming, known as coding, has become an almost universal component of the school curriculum. Learning to code also provides students with skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. Manteo Middle School teacher Heather Barton is teaching her students these coding skills. Recently, in collaboration with Dare County School's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director, Jean Taylor, Barton applied for and received a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The grant has allowed for the purchase of new computers, virtual reality headsets, and computer programs that are being used by the students. 

Barton is excited about the grant. “The exciting thing about coding in this new lab is that it brings problem-solving and problem-based learning to kids. And, they are really in the driver seat of their learning on a day-to-day basis. In some cases, they are learning about concepts that haven’t even been created yet.” 

Eighth-grader Kiyaun Selby says that he signed up for the class, “because I  like this class and the chance to learn about coding is cool because it’s preparing you for the jobs of the future.” 

Teaching computer programming has become a national education trend in recent years. Organizations like Code.org encourage young people to learn the skill through creating simple games that can be played on their cell phone. 

Barton’s students are excited about learning to code. Monday was the first day of class, and already students were talking about getting a chance to use the computers and design games for the virtual reality headsets. 

Information on the coding grant can be accessed on the Department of Public Instruction’s website. 

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