Monday, January 27, 2014

Full speed ahead

This past week I had midterms and the mock trial so I was unable to get a lot finished with regards to the project. But I did do a lot of thinking about my speech, I'm leaning towards going in the direction of how schools don't teach us what we need to know. We can recite every detail about the War of 1812 but have no idea how to balance a check, write a college essay, apply for jobs. We need to be learning more skills that we will actually need in life, coding for instance. Schools are not preparing you for the future, just filling students with mindless information. 

This week I am going to draft an email to send to Aaron Johnson, the Director of Curriculum about trying to get programming part of the curriculum. Hopefully I can meet with him and the board that decides on the curriculum to discuss the possibility. Also I am going to go to a Girl Code it meet up downtown soon hopefully, if I can find someone to go with Me.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Halfway there

The few extra days we had this week gave me a lot of time to work on my project. I started making a power point that I will hopefully present to the school board and Dr. Harwood in February. I also have a meeting scheduled with my counselor to see of there are any available programming classes that I would be able to switch into. I think that if I took a class it would give me more instruction and hands on learning with a trained professional rather than just teaching myself. I am also going to schedule a meeting with Dr. Outlaw to just get some information on the curriculum and how it is decided, if it can be changed,etc.
Also I have been looking at summer programs for programming and found one  at Columbia in NYC. Not only is the location awesome but it is a 3 week program that could really help me. Now the only challenge is convincing my mom to let me go. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Getting Down to Business

Contrary to popular belief, my break wasn't that much of a break at all, which could be taken as a good thing or a bad thing, it just depends on who you're talking to. Considering I have been busy, it was a very good time to catch up on my work with coding, I had a lot of time to spend learning HTML and CSS. I finally was able to really devote my time to actually learning how to use HTML and what I can make with it. 

Break was also a time where I was able to reflect on the past year. All in all it was a good year with regards to school, sports, and everything else. Yet, one of my regrets is that I did not spend as much time on this project as I would have liked to. With that said, I am starting 2014 off with a bang, ready to work on this project and devote more of my time to it. I had a lot of time to think about what I really want my project to be and what the message/goal of it would be. I decided that my goal is not only to learn how to code, but to raise awareness in the Grosse Pointe Public School System of how quickly coding is growing and how if the elementary schools/middle schools were to implement some sort of basic, beginner coding learning process, children in these schools would be much more prepared for the future than any other school in Michigan. I firmly believe that coding is going to be a necessity in the near future for all young people and I want to make sure that we are prepared for when that time comes. 

My goals for 2014 (in regards to the project):
  1. Learn how to code/perfect it
  2. Create a presentation on the benefits of coding and the simple things that the GPPSS can do to ensure that their students are ahead of the game or not left behind. 
  3. Propose several different options that are easy for children to start learning to code (games, applications, etc.)
  4. Go to a school board meeting and propose my idea there. 
  5. Meet with principals of elementary schools/ the superintendent to discuss this.