Kenosha, WI – December 3rd, 2015 – Michael Polzin, Tony Farella, as well as 14-year-old coding guru CJ Polzin of Leeward Business Advisors announced the kick off of Computer Science Education Week at a school-wide, KTEC assembly yesterday. The team announced that LeewardBA in partnership with the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) will be extending Computer Science Education week into an entire month long coding program, with additional educational resources made available all year round.
Michael Polzin introduced several software programs that students will use during the month of December, and issued several coding challenges to all KTEC students to complete.
Student interest peaked during the assembly when the LeewardBA team announced their sponsorship of the new KTEC Coding Club, which will be starting next year in January. The club will be open to 7th and 8th grade students for the first year, with the intent to expand the program next year.
KTEC’s Coding Club program will focus on educating students not only in the syntax of computer languages, but also how to leverage technology to solve real world challenges.
“Learning tips and tricks for coding will make the experience more enjoyable to the students, but that’s not the only thing we’re looking to accomplish,” LeewardBA CEO, Michael Polzin said. “Our goal for starting this program is to show students that computer coding isn’t a one man job. It’s a team activity that requires critical thinking. Ultimately, we want students to learn how to work in teams, how to delegate tasks to one another, and learn accountability.”
LeewardBA will provide student’s access to professional computer science engineers through the coding club. LeewardBA will also be providing enterprise-class server space and create virtual desktops for KTEC students to access coding resources from school and home.
All KTEC students will spend at least one hour learning to code next week as part of the global Hour of Code program. KTEC students have had limited experience working with coding in both Project Lead the Way and LEGO WeDo. Students will have the opportunity to build on this knowledge. The programs allow students to move at their own pace and give them the opportunity to try the next level when they are ready.
You can learn more about KTEC at ktec.kusd.edu.
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