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FSU Researchers Awarded $1.1 Million Grant to Develop Coding Mods for Middle Schoolers

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 18:20:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A team of Florida State University researchers received a $1.1 million grant to introduce middle school students to computer science.

The five member team led by Professor Xin Yuan is working with Tallahassee middle school teachers to develop coding modules that teach math and computer science concepts.

Students will learn to use a coding language called "Scratch" while also learning lessons that reinforce basic math concepts in a fun way.

"This program basically we try to push it down to middle school so we can expose the students much early on. So this will not only prepare their skills, computer science skills, but also maybe have a positive engagement so that they have a positive attitude when they go to college," said Yuan.

In the first year, the team will work with six different teachers and their classes, then add six more teachers in the second year and four more in the third.