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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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ITEEA Program Excellence Award

by Peter 20. April 2018 08:39

 

ITEEA

Atlanta, GA – April 12, 2018: At the recent annual conference for the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA), 39 programs worldwide were recognized as winners of the prestigious Program Excellence Award for 2018.

Sponsored by ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology & Engineering Education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle and high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. Schools from all over the United States and around the world compete for this honor.

For details, visit ITEEA Program Excellence

 

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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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Students Engineer Cardiac Stent

by Peter 30. May 2017 03:32

March Contest Winners


March Got Grit Contest Winners

March Got Grit Contest Winners, Arianna and Ramani learned that it takes GRIT to work in Biomedical Engineering. The 6th grade students were challenged to create a wire stent that would spring open and support an artery, in the STEM Lab at Carmel Middle School, with instructor, Sally Davidson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work.

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Got Grit Engineering

by Peter 8. May 2017 06:00

Decemmber Contest Winners


February Got Grit Contest Winners

Congratulations Anthony, Jonathan, Pavel, Brannoc, Madison, Tony, Josh, Isabelle, Antonio and Brianna. The 8th grade students, at Swansboro Middle School, were challenged by instructor Michelle Flint to create a working model that required the collaboration of multiple modules. The team designed the house in CAD, then developed a solar powered electrical system to run lights and a ceiling fan. Walls and landscape had to be fabricated and painted. Furniture was scaled down and 3D printed. The final project combined: Virtual Architecture, Alternative Energy, Laser Technology, Materials Processing, Environment & Ecology, and Digital Manufacturing.


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