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Helpful information about STEM education and CTE programs

Do Your Students Think Like Programmers?

by Peter 11. May 2018 12:58

 

Intro to Computer Science

 

Intro to Computer Science

Computer Science is not just about writing complicated algorithms, it’s learning the thought process of breaking down problems into smaller, more manageable steps. Not every student needs to be a computer scientist, but all students should be exposed to the basics of computer science and computational thinking because it is a critical aspect of their future.

“Computer Science is more than a discipline for a few, but rather it is an essential 21st century literacy for all students.” Cornelia Connolly (B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D.)

In this module, students will explore the following:

What is computer science? • history of computers • how computers work • information & data • binary numbers  • logic statements & truth tables • software vs. hardware • the internet • basic programming • app design •  web development • computational thinking • cybersecurity • ethics & societal impacts • career planning

 

Learn why experts in the field believe

Computer Science should be taught at your school.

Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.

877-243-8763

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Technology Paves the Way to Future Learners

by Peter 9. January 2018 11:01

 

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What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

How does being exposed to technology pave the way to future careers?

"At Madison Park Middle School, students are learning by using and managing technology through Paxton/Patterson’s interactive multimedia program, while engaging in authentic problem-based learning. 1-to-1 technology, project-based learning, and group collaboration to build their ability to understand, apply, and analyze information.”

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STEAM Program instructor, Jason Bruso, hopes his students will become highly skilled, successful and valuable members of the future workforce. “The more technology, the more skills and engineering you do, the more options you will have.”  His Paxton/Patterson lab provides just that.

Paxton/Patterson’s College & Career Ready Labs expose students to a wide range of knowledge and skills, encourage creativity and innovation, while exploring a variety of careers to help them figure out “What do I want to be when I grow up? 

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The New Robot Dance

by Peter 2. November 2016 02:37

STEM Robots


Choreographed Programming

You've seen, and perhaps even performed, the robot dance at some point, but take a look at this version that features VEX Robots. watch video 

It's a great example of coordinated programming to share with your class. Working with robots encourages students to develop critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills while utilizing real-world applications. 

Students Work as Engineers

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In the Paxton/Patterson learning systems, students work as engineers, designing and programming VEX robots. This STEM education curriculum helps prepare students for the following career pathways:

 

  • Artificial Intelligence Experts
  • Software Engineers
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Computer Systems Designer
  • Mechanical Technicians
  • Software Programmer
  • CIM Operator
  • Electronics Technicians

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