The Bellevue Schools Foundation is honored to receive a $50,000 grant from the Boeing Company in support of STEM & Computer Science Pathways: Building Critical & Computational Thinking in Our Schools. The award moves the Foundation closer to its goal of funding $200,000 in STEM and Computer Science programs during the 2018-2019 school year.
Why Computer Science?
Educators, families and business leaders increasingly recognize that computer science is a new ‘basic skill,’ for all students. The District’s PreK-12 Computer Science & STEM programs seek to empower all students, from preschool through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational skills needed to thrive as creators in the digital economy.
Sherwood Forest Elementary principal, Danelle Edwards, speaks passionately about the importance of computer science in education.
“Computer science is a modern gateway to teaching the traditional three R’s. But it does so much more. Computer Science imbues our students with the 21st-century skills they will need no matter where their future education and career choices take them.”
Thanks to the Boeing grant, students in our four Title 1 elementary schools and our newest school, Wilburton Elementary, will receive support for:
- Computational thinking;
- Creative computing and problem solving;
- Coding; and
- Digital literacy skills.
Bellevue School District CS developers will also work closely with the Early Learning, Special Education, Equity, and English Language Learning departments to ensure the STEM & CS Initiative meets the needs of all students by designing lessons that:
- Are socially and culturally relevant;
- Include learning elements that give all students equal opportunities to learn;
- Include unplugged activities to support computational thinking; and
- Integrate social/emotional learning competencies.
Thank you, Boeing for inspiring our children and supporting our community. #BoeingInspires, #BoeingPartner
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