MOUNT VERNON — As a way to better integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into classrooms, Columbia Elementary has added a weekly dose of coding instruction to every class in grades one through five.
Principal Matthew Dill said learning computer science skills help students develop creative and critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration abilities in addition to learning how to tell a computer what to do by giving it step-by-step directions.
The coding instruction includes both plugged and unplugged sessions. Plugged means the students actually use a computer, and unplugged are sessions where they are learning and reviewing concepts, terminology and the language needed to design computer programs. Both types use a game and “fun” format to engage the learners.