Tiny Coders

Code to the Future is a nationwide program that’s taking the initiative to provide students with the tools to integrate computer science and coding in the classroom. Take a look at how this initiative is preparing students for the future of tomorrow. This segment is part of American Graduate, getting to work. A Public Media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Code to the Future is a nationwide program that's taken the initiative to provide students with the tools to integrate computer science and coding in the classroom.

Take a look at how this initiative is preparing students for the future of tomorrow.

This segment is part of 'American Graduate: Getting to Work,' a public-media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Code to the Future is a nationwide computer science immersion program which has taken initiative at three Loudon County elementary schools.

Joshua Johnson is an instructional coach and curriculum designer for Code to the Future who works with the Loudon County schools.

Our main goal is to provide students kind of that spark early on in grades K through 5 to get them excited about coding, excited about computer science, and hopefully open some doors for them to pursue computer science in their future.

Andrew Davis is the principal at Round Hill Elementary School, who was eager to bring the Code to the Future program to this school.

Round Hill was having their first Epic Build Night, which is a showcase of the students' completed projects.

Guests were invited to come in and see what the kids had been working on.

The fact of the matter is we cannot continue to do things the same way and expect our students to be any more prepared for the world that's awaiting them.

Pretty much coding to me is an endless world where you can, like, change everything and so many different combinations to make new video games.

Teachers themselves are taking initiative to learn coding so that they can better teach the students, and Mr. Johnson assists them along the way.

When I work with teachers, I am providing ongoing professional development, coaching them in ways to integrate computer science and coding into their classroom on a daily basis.

As educators at Meadowland Elementary School, Principal Herman Mizell and third grade teacher Leigh Boyd value the positive impact of coding not only in elementary schools but also in the future and other fields of study that students might encounter.

Students at Meadowland just started their second module, which was making robots out of LEGOs.

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In order to prepare our students to access to access and navigate the world, and not only that but to compete globally, we want to make sure that our students are embracing coding and that they have that experience.

Some of the students who have struggled with some of the more, like, reading and math have really been able to express themselves through the coding program and really have felt a lot of success, which has helped with their self-confidence.

It has a lot to do with other jobs, and I think even if I get a job someday and it doesn't incorporate code, then I would still like to have the talent to code.

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I think I would do it not for the fame but more as in something doing I love and is, like, a passion.

Omari Faulkner has a student at Round Hill Elementary School and has seen the positive impact of the coding program on his child.

In an environment of everyone is all hands-in, all hands on deck, learning new things, and you can start to see.

The students are becoming the leaders and being able to teach their younger siblings and even some of their other family members.

Like, Pressie was teaching my mother, you know, the basics of coding, you know, over the last holiday break.

Mr. Davis and Mr. Mizell express how this program provides opportunities and skills that help the students progress in this field of work in the future.

What's expected of kids as they graduate high school is quite a bit different than what it's always been, and I think our job is to prepare kids for that future, that unknown future, with skills that are going to help them to be more successful in life, not just learning.

I mean, kids need to be able to articulate their ideas and thoughts orally as well as on paper, and to me coding provides that opportunity.

You want your students to be able to compete in this global society.

You want your students to be able to access and navigate the world, and coding is a great start.