Rancho Santa Fe parents and educators have a lot to be proud of, especially as of late. As The Coast News reported previously, the Rancho Santa Fe Maze Runners are one of the reasons why parents have been grinning from ear-to-ear. The plucky group of inquisitive, R. Roger Rowe School 5th graders put on one heck of a show at the November 2014 Escondido Robotics Qualifier. So much so, that they earned a spot in the illustrious, must anticipated, First LEGO® League Southern California Championship. It is set to take place at LEGOLAND® in Carlsbad on Saturday, December 6th. We certainly wish them well and can’t wait to hear about their success.
The R. Roger Rowe 5th graders are not the only Rancho Santa Fe residents getting ready to show off their knowledge of science and technology. Just ask the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation about that one. They helped local children and educators participate in the Hour of Code last Monday, December 15th. It was part of National Computer Science Education Week, which is designed to inspire our country’s next generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs.
During the one hour program, children from Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and elsewhere across the country will be watching educational videos featuring some of the best computer science minds that the world has to offer. They’ll also be completing tutorials that will help them actually sit down and engage in drag-drop programming with a gamification-like feel. So not only will they be given a chance to participate in a nationwide event, they’ll be walking away from it with additional, valuable skills.
Given the direction that our country is taking in terms of STEM education, workforce building and PISA rankings, events like the Hour of Code are clearly of great importance to us all. Parents that wish to learn more about it and other similar events would do well to talk to their children’s school officials. Right now, the Rancho Santa Fe School District has its own robotics program, math pathway and other initiatives that will help the kids think critically and be successful in today’s tech driven economy. Kudos to them for their ongoing efforts too.