September 27, 2023 2:26 am
Stockton awarded $444,445 grant to promote K-12 computer science – Trentonian

The Educational Technologies Instruction Center at Stockton University was awarded a $444,445 grant by the state to the Pc Science Coastal Hub to train teachers in southern New Jersey. (STOCKTON UNIVERSITY)

GALLOWAY — Almost 400 K-12 teachers across South Jersey have been introduced to laptop or computer science for the duration of the previous college year by way of the establishment of a regional hub by the Educational Technologies Instruction Center (ETTC) at Stockton University.

The center will continue to train teachers this year thanks to a current $444,445 grant from the state, stated Patty Weeks, the director of the Southern Regional Institute and ETTC at Stockton.

“Teachers discover Unplugged Pc Science, Physical Computing, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the new student understanding requirements for laptop or computer science in New Jersey,” Weeks stated. “The teachers adore it due to the fact they discover that it is not just about coding. It is about teaching their students to initial take into account a dilemma and then to obtain a option. It is not often about writing a line of laptop or computer code.”

The hub was developed final year with an initial $333,313 state grant to fulfill a mandate by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2020 to “expand access to higher-top quality, requirements-primarily based laptop or computer science education for all New Jersey K to 12 students.” Starting with the 2022-23 college year, all students had to have access to laptop or computer science coursework, which developed the want for a network of educators across the area.

Weeks stated the second year of funding for the CS Coastal Hub at Stockton University began offering no cost instruction to teachers in Could. Workshops will be out there for the duration of the summer season and into the 2023-2024 college year. Teachers also get on-web page instructional coaching in their classrooms and participate in an on the internet neighborhood exactly where they will share suggestions about teaching and understanding laptop or computer science across all grades and content material locations.

Weeks stated the no cost workshops are open to any teacher from any district, but the hub has also partnered with 3 precise districts this year to get more on-web page assistance for the duration of the grant period — Egg Harbor Township, Folsom Township and the Higher Egg Harbor Regional Higher College District.

“In today’s digital age, laptop or computer science has turn into an crucial talent for everybody. Pc science teaches students how to strategy challenges logically and systematically,” Weeks stated, “and it can also be exciting to create and design and style new options to each day challenges.”

Discover a lot more about the Coastal Hub for Pc Science by going to the program’s web page and see a schedule of upcoming events. For concerns or a lot more data send Patty Weeks an e mail.

The SRI &amp ETTC at Stockton University is one particular of the premier specialist improvement applications in the state. Almost ten,000 educators participate in its applications and activities each and every year in subjects that contain technologies integration, core curriculum, instructional techniques, college leadership, unique education and social and emotional understanding.

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