The percentage of women in the computer science field has been steadily declining since the 1990s. Currently, only about 20% of the computer science workforce is made up of women, despite more widespread use of technology and a surplus of demand for programmers.
Computational thinking is one of the most important skill sets educators can foster in young learners. It’s a cornerstone of early childhood development, giving kids an approach to problem-solving that develops a solution by following a series of steps: decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design.
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Social and emotional development is an essential step in every child’s education and growth. This ongoing process is all about developing the abilities necessary to understand and manage emotions, allowing children to communicate, learn, and navigate the world effectively.
Coming off the heels of a successful inaugural season of the Sphero Global Challenge, we’re excited to announce that registration for Season Two is now open. We’re back with a new year of challenges, a fun new theme, and new robots to take your students’ learning further with Sphero!
Algorithms and computational thinking are so important for young learners because they teach kids how to solve problems and develop step-by-step processes, both at school and outside the classroom.
While every child is different, the same general skills can be expected to develop at certain ages. Parents and teachers can help ensure their students are reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones by incorporating enriching lessons into daily activities and monitoring progress.
What is Computational Thinking? A Guide to Computational Thinking, Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition
If you’re new to the concept of computational thinking, this blog will further break down exactly what it is, why it’s an important skill to start developing at an early age, and how educators can encourage it in the classroom and at home.
Knowledge of computer science and programming will become crucial in most future careers. This justifies why more than 90% of U.S parents want their children to be taught computer science, and 40% of schools have already included programming topics in their education curriculum.
Sphero, the industry leader in edtech programmable robots, standards-aligned computer science curriculum, and STEAM-based educational tools, was founded in 2010 in Boulder, Colorado, and has since grown to reach over 40,000 educators, 20,000 education institutions, and millions of students around the world.
Our inaugural season of the annual Sphero Global Challenge robotics competition was a resounding success as 74 teams from eight countries competed in three unique STEM events. In the end, 15 teams made it to the finals to compete in the Sphero World Championship to present their designs and inventions to our “e-STEAM-ed” panelist of judges.