Leon Schools Launches Coding Program For Middle School

Leon Schools Launches Coding Program For Middle School
Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-12 14:30:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL ) -- Monday, Leon County Schools, along with the Florida Information Technology Career Alliance, launched a pilot computer science program at Cobb and Nims Middle School.

The initiative will allow students access to 10 modules of computer science curriculum, including basic coding, fashion, web design, and video game production.

The school system says the program is exposing students to skills that are becoming increasingly important to jobs in the new economy.

Tonja Fitzgerald, Cobb Middle School principal, says they're excited to host the pilot program. “I'm just very fortunate the superintendent gave us this opportunity. Being a magnet science and technology school we are trying to pull in that STEM field.”

The program, CS First, is expected to expand to all Leon County Middle Schools in the next year. According to Google, its’ CS First program is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education