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21st Century Skills
Our Economy is rapidly shifting from Production to Information. How best to prepare your child for this future?
The next 20 years will bring tremendous change to our lives. Yet our schools are still preparing our students for a production based economy. The gap between what students need to learn and what the traditional school system is teaching increases every year.
Students who learn how to think computationally increase their ability to think logically, spatially, and creatively. These students have the tools to analyze and solve complex problems and to learn experientially - skills that are of great importance no matter where their aspirations will lead them.
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Computational Thinking
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Learning Computational
Thinking one challenge at a time
UCode's program helps students build Computational Thinking skills by solving coding "Challenges" - tasks that their robot must complete.
While the initial Challenges are quite simple, the Challenges become increasingly difficult requiring development of student's Computational Thinking skills and the integration of more advanced logic and math concepts.
Computational Thinking builds:
Problem-solving skill
Creative thinking abilities
Autonomy and confidence
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Python: UCode's common language of instruction
In the process of programming their robot to complete these Challenges, students are introduced to Python, a programming language that is used by many of the world's leading tech companies. Python is quite easy to read when compared to other programming languages such as Java or Robot C, which makes it extremely useful for beginners.
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Google and Facebook are built on Python, as well as most of the natural language processing libraries (NLP) driving machine learning. The ability to solve programs in Python has real value for our students outside of the classroom.