Girls Who Code
Coach: Sydney Travis
This was our first year with a GWC at Conway. This is an after school club that is open to girls grades 6-8 to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment. GWC is now an international program on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. In GWC, not only do we talk about and work with tech, but we strive to create a sense of bravery, sisterhood, and activism in young women through projects and activities.
Computer / Tech Class
The main purpose of this course is to equip students with basic and advanced computer skills. It ensures that all students are educated on the 21st century skills (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving), internet safety and digital citizenship
Students in grade 6, 7 and 8 learn by creating projects using various digital tools. Project-based learning (PBL) enables students to learn about real world issues through practical application of 21st century skills. Students utilize the STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) guidelines to assist in integrating technology and creating artifacts that are aligned to KYSTE/ISTE standards. Our students have learned to create outstanding artifacts with various digital tools like VR Tours, Storyboards, memes, Flipgrid videos, iMovie, stop motion, Book Creator, Animation, Interactive slides, Genially, Canva, Digital escape rooms, Google Suite, Coding, Typing, etc...
With VILS and new funding for our tech labs, both classes will be STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based with exceptional use of Spheros, Lego robotics, Coding and Vex.
STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program)
Conway started their first STLP team in 2018-19. The Level 1 projects got accepted at the District level. Last year the STLP team worked very hard. Despite COVID19, our students were able to present their 3 projects for Level 2 judging at the STLP@Home State Championship. One project got accepted to Level 3 judging. Conway was the only JCPS middle school to go to Level 3.