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Pitsco Education and SmartGurlz are looking to flip this script and have collaborated to launch Smart Buddies, a coding solution designed to help more children see themselves in STEM and increase workforce diversity.
Smart Buddies will be available September 2019.
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HIGHLY ENGAGING – A recent pilot with 250 students showed high levels of engagement with both girls and boys, with teachers reporting that children opted to miss recess to continue coding.
INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING – Combines imaginative yet real-life storytelling with coding and math-related subjects.
MAXIMIZES LEARNING OUTCOMES – Introduces the basics of computer science by covering sequences, functions, subroutines, and loops.
CORE CURRICULUM – Lesson plans are designed to meet national standards such as ISTE-S, and Common Core State Standards.
STEM TO OTHER CLASSES – Can cover multiple subjects, such as English, science, and mathematics.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING – Lessons include opportunities for discussion, debate, and reflection on important topics such as diversity, gender differences, and conflict resolution.
CODE OF CONDUCT – A code of conduct serves as communication guidelines for teachers and classmates to support behaviors that encourage inclusivity.