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There are so many opportunities for kids to experiment and play with technology, but preparing students to be creators instead of consumers doesn’t only happen in front of a computer! Tiny Techies will help students build computational thinking and problem-solving skills, be creative, and practice working together. In an increasingly technology-driven world, these are all skills that will help them as they grow and prepare for jobs that don’t yet exist. The best part is that we’ll do this through hands-on activities that will get them moving, building, and thinking!
Tiny Techies will be led by Samantha Dahlby, a Cedar Valley Montessori School parent, former software engineer, and the Director of K-12 Education at NewBoCo. She loves merging fun, engaging activities with mini educational lessons to get kids asking “why” and digging deeper. She also looks for educational opportunities in the many tech toys that are available now.
Examples of Tiny Techies activities:
- Discover and ask, “Where are the computers around us?”
- Pattern recognition and breaking down problems into smaller parts
- Explore electricity using conductive playdough, Snap Circuits, and more
- Adventures with a Cubetto robot
- Explore programming concepts (functions, loops, decisions) through movement and food
If you’d like to see computer science offered at your student’s school, share our educator training opportunities with your administrator!
Our Tiny Techies professional development supports Pre-K – 2nd-grade teachers with training on foundational computer science concepts and how they relate to some of our youngest learners. You will experience engaging lessons that can tie into other content areas and help students become creative problem solvers.
NewBoCo is the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. Our role includes providing quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships and acting as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement. NewBoCo will work with schools and provide networking and collaboration events for computer science teachers.