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Coding in Schools Pilot Program

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NATI is launching a Coding in Schools pilot program and we need your help!

Beginning in 2017, NATI is launching a coding program for grades 4-6 students. This pilot program will begin with up to five schools in the greater metro area, running as an after school program from 3:00-5:00pm one day a week for six to eight weeks. We are looking for NATI members to Sponsor a School!

Camouflage began this program at MacDonald Drive Elementary in 2015 with 15 students and grew it to include almost 40 students in 2016. Volunteers from the company visited the school for ten consecutive weeks, teaching the students Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/). Now we are looking to our members to help us expand the program!

Coding is extremely important. By teaching coding in schools, students become familiar with a new "language" and way of thinking at a young age, and may become interested in and gain the foundation they need for an exciting and sought after career.

The federal government recently predicted that jobs in STEM fields - science, technology engineering and maths - would grow by 12 per cent between 2013 and 2022 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/back-to-school-canada-lagging-in-push-to-teach-kids-computer-coding-1.3185926).

Sponsoring a School will require companies to send one volunteer to visit a school six to eight times, assisting a maximum of 15 students through Scratch Workshops to aid and encourage students as they learn to code in a fun and hands-on way. There are a number of materials available for volunteers including:

In order for this program to be successful, we are looking for 5 companies to volunteer their time at a school, teaching students for two hours a week for six to eight weeks. NATI will coordinate with the schools and arrange a volunteer helper.

If you're interested in participating in this exciting new pilot program, please contact:

Dyanna McCarthy
Marketing and Business Development Coordinator
Dyanna@nati.net