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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Students as young as pre-K learning computer coding through Dallas ISD STEM | KENS 5 TV

"Students are learning computer coding as young as pre-kindergarten" reports Demond Fernandez, WFAA, TV News Reporter. 

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It is a trend happening at one elementary school in Pleasant Grove, where children are getting a very early introduction to STEM programs.

In Mrs. Rogers kindergarten class at Frederick Douglas Elementary School, five-year-old students are busy learning to code. In fact, computer coding and technology has become part of regular class instruction on the campus, since a pilot program was introduced last school year.

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Students from pre-K to fifth grade are programming and developing apps.

"The kids love it,” said Allana Felder, the schools Science Instructional Coach. “They love getting on the computers.”

Teachers said these elementary school students are learning everything from the basics to beyond. Staff calls this early exposure to computer science a game changer for Dallas ISD.

“Statistics show that out of the stem discipline, technology and computer science is one of those that doesn’t have a high enrollment in the high schools and colleges," Felder explained. 

Staff believes the skills are setting students up for scholarships and careers early on.

Source: KENS 5 TV