"Computing isn't about computers,” remarks Paul Curzon, one of CS4FN’s authors. Computer science, or CS, “is about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.” As educators, that’s what we’re aiming for, isn’t it? Learning and fun.
When it comes to addressing 21st-century skills such as problem solving, decision making, and collaboration, students have been challenged by the virtual and hybrid learning environments. We know that students develop a broader skill set when engaging in real-world challenges. How to provide outside experiences that foster engagement and interest is the goal as we create a learning environment that enriches students’ development and skills.
Right now, high school students are standing on the precipice of what’s next for them, whether it is college or immediately entering the workforce. However, it is not always easy to prepare for the next essential steps in the face of standing down basics such as final grades and graduation.
Curriculum designed to teach STEM skills through an interdisciplinary approach is becoming increasingly available. As opposed to teaching these STEM subjects in isolation, a STEM program provides students with real-world, problem-solving abilities needed for college, career, and beyond.