First computer science schools in AZ will begin this fall in MUS - Tucson News Now

First computer science schools in AZ will begin this fall in MUSD

(Source: Marana Unified School District) (Source: Marana Unified School District)
(Source: Marana Unified School District) (Source: Marana Unified School District)
(Source: Marana Unified School District) (Source: Marana Unified School District)
MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Marana Unified School District will offer Arizona's first Computer Science Immersion Schools, selected by the creators of Code To The Future.  

Starting this fall both the new school Gladden Farms Elementary and Quail Run Elementary will be integrating computer science with curriculum content in English language arts, math, science, and social studies.  Programming and game design will be part of the teaching methods, so students will have a well-rounded understanding of how to use technology to create.  

“The Marana Unified School District is honored to lead the way in capitalizing on Computer Science’s potential as a teaching tool,” states Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of the Marana Unified School District, in a recent release. “As a District committed to inspiring students to learn today and lead tomorrow, MUSD is ensuring students are provided with the skills necessary to be successful in an ever changing world. Students at these schools will have an opportunity to develop Coding skills as part of the daily curriculum. Along with the comprehensive curriculum, students will have access to Chromebook mobile devices and new collaborative furniture, creating an engaging, interactive and fun learning environment where we will be preparing students for the high growth, high demand jobs of the future.”

Andrew Svehaug, CEO of Code To The Future, said “The District’s integration of computer science and use of Minecraft reflects student-centered mindset, ensuring that students want to come to school and engage in the learning process.”  

A recent poll from last August stated that 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want more computer science education opportunities for their children, but only six percent of school leaders in the U.S. know about this demand.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a one million job gap by 2020, with many U.S. students lacking skills American companies are demanding.  

“Marana is on track to become a national leader for Computer Science Education, and is the first district in the state of Arizona to provide its students with a Computer Science Initiative of this quality and scope” Svehaug said. “We are excited about the partnership.”

Open enrollment is accepted at all Marana schools. Registration information available online at www.maranausd.org and at all Marana schools by calling (520) 682-3243.

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