The Arbiter: Boise State’s Children’s Center Introduces Coding in the Classroom
In 2015, the Idaho legislature passed a bill to create a Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) Action Center. The Idaho STEM Action Center works to promote opportunities for educators, students, communities and industry using STEM and computer science to build a strong workforce and has been a leader in STEM integration throughout the country.
After KIBO was introduced to the ID STEM Action Center, it was first incorporated into the Boise University Children’s Center classroom earlier in 2019.
“We believe that children, when they are naturally inquisitive, they are found to ask 200 to 400 questions a day at the preschool level,” Heather Lee, the director of the Children’s Center, said. “And so it is a very natural time to introduce something like [KIBO], that is just another tool to express themselves and to learn about the world, as with a pencil, or a marker, or a pair of scissors would be.”
Read on to learn more about what Boise State is doing with KIBO with their young learners in the full article.