The Davis School District has received more than $207,000 to teach coding to elementary school students and increase opportunities in computer science for junior high schools.
The district announced Tuesday that it had received a $207,255 Utah STEM Action Center grant and that it will partner with a Utah nonprofit BootUp, the United Way and BYU McKay School of Education professor Peter Rich to integrate a computer science program into all elementary schools.
Thirty-three elementary schools will participate in this program during the 2017-18 school year, according to a press release, while the remaining 29 elementary schools will begin in the 2019-19 school year.
“Davis District students will learn to code through a variety of resources including Code.org, Case Studio, Scratch, Scratch Jr., and BootUp’s curriculum resources,” the district said in the release.
The district is also planning to prioritize daily computer science opportunities for junior high schools to create a “true K-12 computer science pipeline.”
“Coding underwrites every piece of our current life,” said Belinda Kuck, Davis District’s curriculum director, in the release. “Our kids need exposure and opportunities to learn how to code, to understand how life in this technological age works. We want to give them the opportunity to create and be a part of the coding community if that is their choice.”