CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Two teachers in Cedar Falls win $1,000 for the ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ award this school year.
Kristin Pease is a fifth grade teacher at Hansen Elementary and Luke Wagner is an instructional coach in technology at Hansen, Lincoln and Cedar Heights Elementary.
Pease and Wagner said the district kicked off a coding initiative in November, so they’re trying to bring coding to life in the classroom.
The money will be used toward buying SAM Lab kits, which are wireless Bluetooth blocks that teach students how to code. The interactive learning will help with their problem solving, creativity skills and critical thinking.
“Coding is becoming such an essential part of jobs these days, and it’s now part of our core and our twenty-first century skills, and so we’re trying to embed it more into our technology skills, and so we decided that it was more essential to have it into the classroom,” Pease explained.
Wagner echoed the importance of learning to code in this day and age.
“We need kids that can code, and so by exposing them early, we start in kindergarten with kids getting coding opportunities, so it’s really, really important that everyone is exposed to that,” he said.
The ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ program is a partnership between KWWL, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Kimball and Beecher.