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The Role Of Coding In STEM

by Vince Bertram

EdTech Focus on K-12

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Computer Science (Not Just Coding) Needs a Bigger Role in STEM Education

For more than a decade, educators, business leaders and policymakers have talked about STEM — an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — but a new study suggests that at least one increasingly important field is being left out of STEM education, and it is vital to our nation’s students and economic prosperity.

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Is It Time for More Conversations on Coding?

There are conversations about coding and there are conversations about STEM–both prevalent in education circles these days. But, does coding have a large enough part of the STEM conversation?

Not everybody thinks so. We took a look at the issue a few months ago in our piece “Generation Code: STEM to the rescue”. The need to develop a new generation of coders sometimes gets lost in the broader STEM discussion. It’s important for schools—from pre-K and beyond—to provide opportunities to educate students about coding as early as possible. There are a variety of ways to do this that don’t can be engaging even for very young students.