Together, Reedy Creek and the Friday Institute are partnering to develop a culture of computational thinking within Reedy Creek’s digital sciences magnet program.
Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School (RCMMS) and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation began working together during the 2016-2017 academic year as the Friday Institute provided repeated and varied professional development sessions to help the RCMMS staff learn the language, theory and thought processes of computational thinking with a focus on decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithms and abstraction. Over the past four years, the relationship between the two entities has evolved into an early-stage research practice partnership, where the Friday Institute serves in the research role and RCMMS serves in the practitioner role. The partnership also has a RPP broker, or liaison, who serves as an intermediary between the Friday Institute and RCMMS and additional research support from the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.
- Assembled a teacher leader cohort to shepherd computational thinking and computer science integration efforts including school-wide professional development
- Formed a Digital Sciences team to plan and review computational thinking professional learning to teachers as well as programs and activities for students and parents
- Incorporated coding and computational thinking projects into RCMMS classes, such as computer simulations and data tracking, where researchers provide hands-on support to teachers in the classroom
- Co-participated in computational thinking events, such as Hour of Code, magnet theme showcase events, and STEM night events
- Presented together at the NC Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) conference (shown above)
- Facilitating first Family Code Night
- Created a video for the National Science Foundation showcase
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