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DCS planning computer science curriculum for elementary students

Dr. Jeff Gray trains teachers

By Associated Engineering Press

Three schools in the Decatur City system are preparing to pilot a curriculum that will teach students as early as kindergarten how to write computer programs.

“This is where our kids are, so we have to get there with them,” Benjamin Davis Magnet School Principal Aundrea Hanson said.

Jeff Gray, a University of Alabama professor who said K-12 schools do students a disservice by denying them access to more computer science, is in Decatur this week training teachers from Julian Harris, Ben Davis and Leon Sheffield elementary schools how to write programs.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: September 21, 2016    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Outreach    /    Features: