Teaching Computer Coding to Preschoolers Happens Year-round at Stratford School

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Preschoolers at Stratford School near Los Angeles, California video conference with middle schoolers near the Bay Area while working on a joint project as part of the annual Hour of Code event.

Dec. 6 - Hour of Code engages students across the miles in California.

“As part of our balanced curriculum infused with fine arts and foreign language, we’re teaching our students programming skills starting as young as age three.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 preschoolers at Stratford School near Pasadena listen as middle schoolers in far-away Sunnyvale near San Fransisco help the younger students learn computer coding fundamentals in a virtual classroom. The activity was part of Hour of Code, a global event put together by Code.org. All 6,000 Stratford School students on 23 campuses in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles participate in the annual, world-wide event.

“As part of our balanced curriculum infused with fine arts and foreign language, we’re teaching our students programming skills starting as young as age three,” said Monisha Gupta, senior director of curriculum and instruction at Stratford School. “We believe it’s important that our students go beyond just being consumers of technology to becoming creators of the technology tools they use every day.”

ABOUT STRATFORD SCHOOL:
Established in1999, Stratford School is a leading independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child. Stratford offers an accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth grade with an emphasis in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that incorporates music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges. All students are provided the necessary tools to excel, and are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Visit http://www.stratfordschools.com for more information.

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