Legacy Traditional Schools to Offer Junior High Coding and Robotics Electives This Spring

 |  Avondale, Glendale, Information, Laveen, Surprise

Electives available at Glendale, Surprise, Laveen, and Avondale campuses starting in Jan. 2019

Legacy Traditional Schools will soon offer new elective courses for its west valley junior high students who are interested in STEM-focused classes.

Beginning in January 2019, Legacy schools in Laveen, Surprise and Glendale will offer Coding 101 – a computer-programming course for students in grades 7 and 8. Legacy’s Avondale campus will offer Vex Robotics as an elective for students in grades 7 and 8.

Students enrolled in Coding 101 will develop the knowledge and coding skills necessary to construct computer programs in one or more languages, including: Java Script, Python and web design. Using the educational platform Tynker, students will engage in project-based lessons where they will learn to build games, animations and more. Upon completion, students will present a business pitch on their final design.

In Vex Robotics, students will get an interactive introduction into the field of robotics and its real-life application in the 21st century. Using STEM standards and hands-on challenges, students will develop their own robots as they learn basic coding and problem-solving skills.

“In today’s technology-driven world, it is more important than ever that we prepare students with coding and computer programming skills like those offered by these programs,” said Heather Sliker, director of academics for Legacy Traditional Schools.

“Over the last several years, coding and robotics have quickly become among the most in-demand skills across virtually every industry. Providing Legacy students a jumpstart now – while igniting an early interest in STEM fields – will be invaluable when they enter the workforce and compete for the jobs of the future,” continued Sliker.

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