Londonderry Elementary Students Learn Coding

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments by

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of students are learning computer science, and fewer are studying it than a decade ago.

Southern NH Montessori Academy (SNHMA) strongly advocates for technology, but more specifically the overarching and all encompassing imperative mission to nurture the natural creativity that every student possesses. That’s why SNHMA elementary programs joined in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code, last week during Computer Science Education Week.

Every elementary student was amongst over 10 million worldwide spending one hour learning the basics of coding. To date, all students have been introduced to the binary numeral system as a foundational lesson. Consistent with Montessori educational philosophy, intentional attention is given to emphasizing a concrete understanding of this concept by presenting these lessons in an “unplugged” fashion. Additionally, they piloted one of the coding tutorials, Light-Bot, before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Each set of lessons was received with enthusiasm, intrigue and tremendous focus. “We’ve had wonderfully positive feedback from many families sharing that their child(ren) not only enjoyed their pre-lessons, but have already begun to expand their interests outside the classroom,” shares Debra Hogan, Head of School at SNHMA.

“We welcome the opportunity to expose our students to a broad array of new experiences, specifically those that expand their orientation of the world in which they live; but more importantly to nurture and cultivate their innate creativity. The creativity of children is at its peak the younger they are, it’s not that our creativity diminishes, but sadly our inhibitions incapacitate our true potential, as we get age. At SNHMA, we strive to create an environment where our students are exposed to opportunities in which they question their world, they think outside of the box and their creativity continues to grow rather than diminish.”

New Town Manager of Londonderry, Kevin Smith, attended the event.

The nationwide Hour of Code event was sponsored by numerous diverse, wildly creative, significant contributors to today’s society including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and how coding was life changing for them.

Southern New Hampshire Montessori Academy offers an academically focused education to children through an integrated curriculum. Concentration is given to educating the “whole child” (all facets of the child’s being, including: intellectual, physical, emotional, social and creative aspects) with a strong emphasis of hands-on and experiential learning where children develop their passion in technology, science, visual and performing arts, foreign language and physical education. Complementing a strong academic core, the school offers an enrichment program that includes elementary Latin, creative arts (visual and performing), daily physical education, technology, Spanish and Mandarin. For further information, please visit their website.

Photographs are courtesy of Swann Photography.

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