Math and Science in the Sky: Sharyland ISD Launches A Drone Course.

Summer is for staying up late and sleeping in right? Not at Sharyland ISD! Elementary and middle school kids from across the district opted to get up early to learn about drone technology, even flying their very own drone.

With The Economist’s piece, “Welcome to The Drone Age”, solidfiying early assumptions that drone technology will be used for commercial use, Sharyland ISD is at the forefront of introducing their students to cutting edge technology and newly launched drone careers. “The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) had, by August, approved more than 1,000 commercial drone operations. These involved areas as diverse as agriculture (farmers use drones to monitor crop growth, insect infestations and areas in need of watering at a fraction of the cost of manned aerial surveys); land-surveying; film-making (some of the spectacular footage in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was shot from a drone, which could fly lower and thus collect more dramatic pictures than a helicopter); security; and delivering things (Swiss Post has a trial drone-borne parcel service for packages weighing up to 1kg, and many others, including Amazon, UPS and Google, are looking at similar ideas).

IMG_7723Border Kids Code and Nerdvana.io teamed up to offer week long courses in Sharyland ISD, along with several other districts across South Texas, that feature unique curriculum built by Border Kids coupled with technology offered by Nerdvana. The engaging curriculum includes Google scavenger hunts, researching military and commercial drone use, practical application of xy coordinate graphing, investigating careers and drone regulation, as well as opportunities for students to conduct collaborative presentations. Instruction was centered around 3 objectives: create fun and wildly engaging content, incorporate Math and Science Texas standards, and sprinkle The National Computer Science standards throughout the course.

“I learned that drones are used across the world in the army and I even to deliver packages and pizza,” said student Adan Salazar.  Many students were shocked with everything drones help with including dropping food to refugees.

With new technology careers popping up everyday, Border Kids Code and Nerdvana are exposing and preparing our South Texas kids high tech industries and shaping the future of technology in the valley.

For more information about courses offered to valley students and schools, visit www.borderkids.us or check out www.nerdvana.io for the latest tech entrepreneurship opportunities in the RGV.

Virtual Reality, Drones, Robotics, and Code Take Over RGV Schools: Border Kids & Nerdvana Partner

Border Kids Code and Nerdvana are asking RGV students to travel through the anatomy of a human body or explore the pyramids with them all while in their classroom. Or maybe students would rather learn about the latest drone technology while building them, flying them, or graphing out an obstacle course with them. Of course students could very well be most interested in building a robot that would catapult objects and learn some Math in the process all while learning to code and give the robot instructions on what to do next.

Border Kids Code and Nerdvana Academy have teamed up to create cutting edge educational technology courses that will have students from grades 3-8 practicing their problem solving skills while working in a collaborative environment aimed at equipping the next gen of computer scientists and makers of technology.

With only 8% of Hispanics currently choosing to follow a STEM pathway in college, Border Kids and Nerdvana have teamed up to inspire students to choose STEM pathways by engaging them in technology courses that will naturally ignite student’s natural curiosity and give them an opportunity to view Science, Math, and Technology in a maker environment.

Border Kids and Nerdvana officially launched their partnership at UTRGV’s Inaugural Club Code Summit where Nerdvana was a major sponsor and Border Kids Code founders were crucial partners in the Club Code UTRGV model. For more information on how you can bring Border Kids Code and Nerdvana to your school visit http://www.borderkids.us/contact/  or www.nerdvana.io .

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Mission EDC, Border Kids Code, and Sylvan Recognized by White House Initiative

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MCALLEN, TEXAS (September 19, 2015) Border Kids Code is a proud partner in Mission EDC’s Code the Town that was recently recognized as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education, an effort by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Code the Town will be part of a national online catalog of over 200 programs throughout the country that invest in key education priorities in Hispanics. The announcement was made on September 15, 2015 at the onset of Hispanic Heritage Month by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog visitwww.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

Code the town was launched in Fall 2014 through Mission EDC in partnership with Border Kids Code and Sylvan Learning to drive educational and economic progress in communities nationwide.

Border Kids Code was founded in 2014 with the mission to create young technologists in the Rio Grande Valley by instructing them on the fundamentals of Computer Science in a maker-based approach at learning. Our goal is to increase exposure in STEM related majors and careers in the primary and middle grades in the South Texas border region through direct teach and a professional learning model.

Congratulations Mission EDC, gracias for bringing us on as partners. Check out Code the Town at www.codethetown.com

Border Kids Coding Extravaganza at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire

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July 23, 2015
For information call:
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Border Kids Code is proud to launch their 2015 Club Code program  at The McAllen Mini Maker Faire on August 1st with a coding extravaganza at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire. During the Faire, Border Kids Code will be challenging kids in 2nd-8th grades with project-based activities or challenges aimed at teaching kids technology in the areas of internet applications and computer science. Each challenge is self-paced, age appropriate, and a ton of fun! The challenges will be going on throughout the day of the Faire.

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Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar teaches girls the fundamentals of computer science using the Tynker app.



Border Kids Code has been serving the students and school districts of The Rio Grande Valley and is excited to launch their new Club Code challenges that are sure to get your child interested in computer science! “We’ve been giving professional development for teachers in the fundamentals of computer science and have had a ton of fun teaching kids the fundamentals of code at one of our camps but the schools and kids were wanting more. We were teasing them with two day camps and our new Club Code challenges will offer a year-long approach at fostering technology on school campuses. We are really excited for the McAllen Mini Faire and look forward to all the cool stuff our community kids will make,” said co-founder Marcos Silva.
Every child that will participate in the technology challenges at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire must bring a laptop or tablet device. Be sure to grab a spot for your child to participate in the technology challenges by registering them at www.borderkids.us. For more information on The McAllen Mini Maker Faire visit www.mcallenmakerfaire.com

PSJA ISD and Border Kids Prepares for Code Campers!

Here at Border Kids we recently partnered with PSJA ISD to facilitate a professional learning opportunity for teachers that were eager to learn the fundamentals of code and then take their new skill-set into the classroom for awesome summer IMG_7126learning with kids. You see PSJA ISD is hosting coding camps this summer that will target the early grades in hope that students will fall in love with coding (which they will!) and begin creating awesome technology with their new talent taught by their very own teachers. At Border Kids we were super amped to create a custom curriculum for them that included everything they needed to execute the camps at several different sites in the PSJA area.

Our purpose here at Border Kids is to create huge waves of young computer scientists in the valley and the best way to do that is through professional learning. Instead of us always executing the camps and curriculums ourselves, why not share our knowledge, ideas, and curriculums with teachers so they could impact more kids, 450 through PSJA’s summer camps along!

Well the teachers loved the professional learning (they said so on their surveys!) and IMG_7103found it very friendly to understand and then deliver to their kids. We made sure to include activities that would get the kids out of their seats and learning the main concepts of computer science and then executing their new learning on the computer. Well, e cannot wait to see what their kids created at the summer camp.  Let us know if you would like us to host professional learning at your campus or district- we now offer it in spanish!

Here’s What Happens When Mission EDC, Sylvan RGV And Border Kids Code Collide

Remember the movie, The Perfect Storm? It was based on a true story of the Andrea Gail and her crew heading out to the North Atlantic despite strong winds, huge waves, and hurricanes colliding to create “a storm that only happens once every hundred years.” Well, Code The Town is kinda like that, kinda.

codethetowncadreOur captain (CAP), Alex Meade, is the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Center (EDC) who had this idea of giving 80,000 residents of the Rio Grande Valley the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of code. Mission EDC, Border Kids Code and Sylvan RGV all came on board and headed out to the unexplored waters of teaching code to kids, teens, and adults in the Mission, La Joya, and the Sharyland area. We took on the challenge together and Code the Town was born!

The concept was simple: give an opportunity to the community to learn the fundamentals of code, mostly using Code.org as the framework for instruction with the hopes of sparking creativity and making some awesome technology that could pour back into the economy and make the Rio Grande Valley awesome”er”. (Insert long-winded breathe here.) Kids were taught in their classrooms through Sylvan, teachers voluntarily came in on Saturday’s to learn how to teach their over 5,000 students the fundamentals of code through Border Kids Code, and Mission EDC taught adults to code too- the perfect storm.

Code the Town has sent waves of excitement throughout the Rio Grande Valley and some measurable disruption has occurred. The storm has just begun and the remnants it will leave behind is a border region brought up from aspirations to innovation.

For more information on Code the Town, visit www.codethetown.com . Follow Code The Town on Twitter @codethetown