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Computer Science Academy Villa de paz elementary school

Pendergast's Computer Science Academy, located at Villa de Paz Elementary School, offers exciting opportunities for student explorations in coding, video broadcasting, programming, robotics and drones, and virtual reality experiences.

"Today's students are required to make decisions about their educational and career pathways often as early as middle school. Studying computer science in K-12 alerts them to the fact that computer science is an exciting educational discipline and provides a pathway to a rich array of careers. Computer science also provides an important skill set for students entering any career area, including other sciences where innovation and breakthroughs increasingly depend on the contributed knowledge of computer scientists." -Association for Computer Machinery

"Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think." - Steve Jobs

Coding

"But what exactly is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code." - codeconquest

"Learning the fundamentals of coding provides students with skills that will serve them well in virtually any career they choose....skills such as logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication." -edutopia

Students at Villa de Paz will explore the Project GUTS curriculum. Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)--is a science, technology, engineering, and math program that encourages students to ask questions, develop answers through scientific inquiry, and design solutions. The program introduces computer science concepts within the context of modeling and simulation.

Students at Villa de Paz participating in the Hour of Code 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that computer science-related jobs will be among the fastest growing and highest paying over the next decade.

Click on the link below for a list of the earning potential for students graduating with a computer science degree.

Video Broadcasting

"TouchCast is the world’s only real-time compositing tool for interactive video. TouchCasts can play across the web in any video player. Explore a variety of vApps, including maps, twitter streams, headlines, photo galleries, and live polls that allow viewers to vote simply by touching the screen." -TouchCast

"Using TouchCast will assist students in becoming effective communicators of ideas and knowledge by creating broadcasts that require pre-production, writing scripts, editing, self-evaluation, and reflection."

"TouchCast provides the perfect project-based learning opportunity and makes it possible for students to publish for an authentic audience."
Student work with TouchCast can be viewed at :---------------------------

Students begin with learning how to fly drones and then progress into designing, building, and programming their own. They will incorporate mathematics, science, and coding skills as they discover real world problem solving and career connections.

3D Printing

"3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material."

Click on the link below to get a quick overview of the basics of 3D printing...

Vitrual Reality

Transforming and Accelerating Education with zSpace Technology

zSpace is a technology firm based in Sunnyvale, California that creates real world virtual reality systems. zSpace allows people to interact with simulated objects in virtual environments as if they are real. -Wikipedia

Virtual Reality

Google Expeditions

"Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys."

Watch these videos with you VR headgear for a maximum viewing thrill!

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