William Paca sixth-graders design games, learn math concepts as they learn programming.
Sixth-graders at William Paca Elementary in Landover are getting an early leg up on the 21st century work force by learning the basics of computer programming, thanks to a new pilot program.
“I think it’s awesome. You never know what a child will be good at until you give them the opportunity to experience it,” said Tiaisha McCreary of Landover, parent of one of the participating sixth-graders.
There is integration with math, because inside the scripts, they’re working with coordinates, graphing equations, which lines up with the Common Core curriculum,” Brown said.
Eric Shuford, 11, of Landover, one of the sixth-graders in the program, said the class is like nothing he’s done before.
“I learned that it takes a lot of steps to make a game,” Eric said.