Code to the Future
In the 2016-2017 school year, Covina-Valley Unified School District partnered with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science program for Magnet Schools, to close the science gap by opening Computer Science Magnet Programs at Barranca, Cypress, and Workman Elementary Schools. At these Magnet Schools, all students will have an opportunity to develop coding skills as part of the daily curriculum.
The partnership with Code to the Future comes, as a small but growing number of schools around the country are using computer science and games like Minecraft to help students learn everything from math to language skills. In January, the White House recognized the Code To The Future program as the leader in Computer Science Magnet Schools. Covina-Valley Unified School District is helping to lead the way in capitalizing on Minecraft’s potential as a teaching tool.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be a one million job gap in the field of computer science, with students being unprepared for the skills that American companies are demanding.
“Covina-Valley is poised to become a leader in Computer Science Education for the entire Los Angeles area and a key player nationally,” Andrew Svehaug, CEO of Code To The Future, said. “We are excited about the partnership.”
This year, 2017 - 2018, the program will be expanded to all three middle schools as well as three additional elementary schools. At Sierra Vista Middle School, we will be embedding coding instruction into all of our science and history classes. Students in 6th through 8th grades will learn how to demonstrate their content knowledge using coding as the vehicle. Students will have the opportunity to display their new coding knowledge at our two EPIC Build Showcases plan for this school year.
For more information about the new Computer Science Schools contact the School office at 626-974-7300.