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Hour of Code Kicks Off Introduction of STEM Lab into Rosarian AcademyÕs Lower School Curriculum

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Rosarian AcademyÕs technology staff introduced first-through-fourth-grade students to an ÔHour of CodeÕ in an effort to demystify computer coding and to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. With a keen eye on the future of learning, Rosarian Academy is nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, and providing a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Roarian AcademyÕs implementation of the Hour of Code was the kick-off to the school adding STEM Lab into the Lower School curriculum. Beginning in January 2016, kindergarten-through-fourth-grade students attend a STEM Lab class every week. This STEM experience has been designed to enhance and connect the studentsÕ scientific experimentation being done in the science classrooms, elementary science lab, and co-curricular computer labs, where they practice skills such as keyboarding and creating PowerPoint presentations. The STEM Lab classes include coding and engineering principles and incorporate projects that integrate science, engineering, and math through the use of technology.

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