Component districts in the TST BOCES region are continuing to develop computer science curricula with the collaboration of the CSforALL Consortium and a substantial grant from Dell.
The grant, totaling $140,000, includes cutting edge equipment including a 3D printer, microcomputers, 360-degree cameras, virtual reality systems and Parrot Bebop Drones. The equipment can be used by districts for a variety of exciting educational opportunities that develop computer literacy.
The 360-degree cameras and virtual reality systems can be used in conjunction with each other to help students experience the creation of virtual reality in addition to the consumption of virtual reality. The drones can be used by students to work with local farmers to track livestock, survey fields or capture landscape changes.
Teams from TST BOCES component districts will also participate in CSforALL planning workshops for two sessions over two weeks at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES. They will work in conjunction with the CSforALL Consortium to develop plans for implementing computer science education at every grade level. The TST BOCES CSforALL team is also participating in these workshops to support regional districts in developing a cohesive approach to computer science education.
The CSforALL Consortium is a national hub that works to enable all students to achieve computer science literacy as an integral part of their educational experience at all age levels.