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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be a one million job gap in the field of computer science, with students being unprepared for the skills that American companies are demanding.  At Sandlapper Elementary, we strive to prepare each student for success and launch them on a premier path to a future beyond all imagination.  So, we have partnered with
Code to the Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science program for Magnet Schools, to ensure a successful implementation across all grade levels and content areas. 

This partnership comes as a growing number of schools around the country are using computer science and games like Minecraft to help students learn everything from math to language skills with the purpose of preparing our 21st Century Scholars with the essential skills required to be successful in the future.  All students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, will have an opportunity to develop coding skills as part of the daily curriculum.  

Sandlapper is poised to become a leader in Computer Science Education for Richland Two and surrounding school districts.  Stay connected as we continue to reach for the stars!


 

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Part Lego. Part coding. All robot.

At Sandlapper Elementary in Richland County School District 2, students are learning how to build and code robotic Lego projects, ranging from simple structures to complex pathing and problem-solving creations. The school held a special event so the kids could show off their latest creations to parents and community members alike. (Original Airdate--1/31/2020 on WLTX-TV in Columbia, SC)


Richland County elementary school students show off skills during Lego robotics celebration

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Students at Sandlapper Elementary have been working since Thanksgiving at becoming young roboticists. Teachers use Legos to help students understand sequencing, conditionals and looping -- key concepts of robotics. Friday, Jan. 31, the school hosted a Lego Epic Build Day for the students to show off the fruits of their labor to family and friends. Click the title above to see the full story. 
 

First of its kind: Students at one Richland 2 elementary get computer science immersion

By Kamie Roesler | December 19, 2019 at 3:23 PM EST - Updated December 20 at 8:41 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Schools in the Midlands are wrapping up class for the holidays, and one Richland Two elementary school has completed its first semester as a computer science immersion school.

Students and teachers at Sandlapper Elementary say it has been a success. Computers, coding and creativity have taken over the curriculum at Sandlapper, and it all began earlier this year, as the school transformed into a one-of-a-kind program.

“You wake up. You go to school. You realize you are going to make something today, or you are going to code. Which is absolutely incredible,” fifth grader Ella Popp said.

Taking a look inside the classrooms, it seems to be the consensus. Things are going well. Students and teachers are liking the integration of computer science skills.

“My classroom has flipped so much," fifth grade teacher Ashley Webber said. “My students are teaching me every week now, so I love it.”

Popp added: “It’s crazy because I know most adults haven’t made a robot before.”

Sandlapper is the only elementary school in Richland Two focused on computer science. And it’s one of only a few schools in the state that offers regular coding.

“It’s great seeing how quickly the students are picking up what we are working with in our program,” magnet lead Tim Swick said.

The older kids work on creating computer games and robots, while the younger grades work with Legos and building.

“We are kind of incorporating two different ways,” Swick explained. “One is students once a week have about 40 minutes with our computer classroom. Then on top of that, we are integrating computer science within the classrooms. We are shooting for about an hour a week.”

While magnet programs are nothing new, for these students at Sandlapper -- who now get Chrome books as early as kindergarten -- it’s a new experience. For those interested in this magnet program, families who live in the Sandlapper school district are assigned there. If your kids are interested in the computer science focus and you don’t live in the district, you can apply. There is an informational meeting for families at Sandlapper on Jan. 13.
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