Every year, we select 20 schools in need that will be gifted with a year of our Full Curriculum Site License (valued at $2,700). There is a special focus on schools with financial hardship, large ESL student populations, a large percentage of students on free or reduced lunch, or similar. We’re looking to help schools with a passion for STEM and Computer Science as an innovative way to improve the lives of their students and their communities.
Located in rural New Hampshire, Benjamin Franklin serves many students with traumatic home lives, which the Franklin staff goes above and beyond to help. Among other things, they incorporate mindfulness moments in the day, and the custodian and principal give every child a high five as they enter the building every morning.
The Franklin community will really benefit from our students being engaged in a program that’s so completely focused around trial-and-error, iterative problem solving. Learning to fail forward, to try repeatedly to come up with a solution to a problem, and persevere are skills that will transfer beyond computer science lessons. Those are simply skills for lifelong learning.
Nestled in western Colorado in a town with a population of just 2,253, Cedaredge Elementary is committed to a culture that provides sense of belonging to all students. A Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School (One of ~100 schools out of 10,000 chosen), the staff go well above and beyond to make sure that none of their students get left behind. The past few years the school has had a particular focus on things such as including an emphasis on supporting and educating the whole child, incorporating Mind Brain Education (MBE) into their instructional practice and student learning and, also, building in more academic discourse for students to more thoroughly share their reasoning/thinking.
A full curriculum license for Kodable will open a portal for our students and staff into a world of technology and coding that most have yet to experience. The opportunities created by this experience will last far longer than the grant year. Watching kids acquire a new language, one such as coding that subsequently enhances their creative process and problem solving skills, is nothing short of magical. Kodable has offered Cedaredge Elementary School that extraordinary opportunity; a way to open minds and incubate talent in rural Western Colorado.
Central Elementary School is a located in a small village town in Vermont. The staff go above and beyond their contract donating time, money and goods to improve the lives of their students. Students and staff work together to create a community of caring, responsible and respectful people. This year, they started a very low budget maker space by repurposing materials for building and relying on donations of Legos and other materials. As a "Leader in Me" school, they value kindness and perseverance. Central also has yearly school themes such as Dare to Care (taking care of self, community and the world,) Get Out and Play!, and Full Steam Ahead (a whole year dedicated to STEAM activities.)
Receiving the Kodable for Everyone grant will help the school further its mission to create an atmosphere in which the child is encouraged to grow, to explore, to create, to learn, to exchange ideas, to question, to think critically, to develop self-esteem and self-direction, and to succeed. Having full curriculum access to Kodable provides the students with a great tool for not only beginning sequencing and coding but also the availability to move on to more complex concepts. The staff benefit by having a scope and sequence to help navigate the Computer Science curriculum.
Home to one of the most caring teachers we've ever met, Demetra S. Adams, Collins-Rhode is located just north of Mobile, Alabama. Even though almost every student receives free lunch and many families live well below median income level, students arrive energetic and ready to learn each day. Though many view their students as those who are "in need," Collins-Rhodes students are always thinking of ways that they can help others. They hope to one day give back to their community by being employed by the viable industries located within the community.
Implementing the Kodable coding curriculum school-wide will help us to develop our students’ ability to collaborate with others, think critically, be creative, and to communicate their ideas effectively. We look forward to using Kodable to fortify our students’ development of 21st century skills!
Green Meadow Elementary School recently was awarded "Lighthouse" status as a Leader in Me School. Green Meadow began the Leader in Me process four years ago, which included leadership, cultural, and academic changes. Even though their school is 92% economically disadvantaged, and their students come from diverse backgrounds, they have met and exceeded expectations in every way.
This is an opportunity that will change the lives of the Green Meadow students, where many students come from homes without computer and Internet access. These students are next in line to be negatively affected by the “Digital Divide” caused by poverty. With access to Kodable’s Complete Curriculum and with guidance from their teachers, the students at Green Meadow will be prepared to practice thinking outside of the box to think critically. Kodable is the educational tool that we are so lucky to utilize the its fullest potential.
Located in our founder Jon's hometown of St Louis, Missouri, Confluence Academies is dedicated to helping each of their students. Even though many come from traumatic home lives, Confluence boasts incredible attendance records and students that come every day willing to learn
Winning the Kodable for Everyone grant will help all of our students grades K-8 become better problem solvers that are prepared for the future.
Cringila Public School's enrolment includes 27% refugee students and 92% of students are from families with limited access to emerging technologies. Cringila launched a K-6 STEM program in 2018 aimed to improve the educational outcomes of all students and promote not only a whole school rise in Digital Literacy, but also a whole community focus on STEM practices which will positively impact on the future professional success of their students
Access to such a brilliant resource as the Kodeable program will enhance our STEM program enormously and facilitate a key learning opportunity that can span the whole school and encourage the development of Computational Thinking skills through Coding and Problem Solving.
Facing drastic district cuts in electives, Edgewood has had to find new ways to bring opportunities to their students. They recently started a STEM club and integrated "tech centers" into the classroom, but faced difficulty with funding for it. Even with these struggles, they find ways to provide clothes, weekend snack bags, supplies and keep a giving closet stocked with snacks and other needed items for students who are going without.
We have seen students who normally struggle with regular classwork and structured learning environments, flourish with the control that the coding lessons provide. These students have shown successful problem solving and predicting skills with the Kodable activities. This has enhanced their peer interactions and self esteem. Opening this program up to our students who have limited resources, could help them see the potential of a career in the tech science industry. We see a bright future in the world of coding within our school district by implementing an after school STEM club and through classroom coding projects.
Certainly the most unique school on our list, Gabriella Charter School infuses dance in all parts of the curriculum. Students also receive at least one hour of dance instruction daily. Last year with the help of their dance teachers, students learned how to use "coding" to communicate with others in dance. Students coded their movements and were able to give choreographic instructions to others to follow. Located in South Central Los Angeles, about 75% of the adult population in the surrounding area never finished high school. Gabriella hopes Computer Science education at the elementary level will mean the opportunity for students to be exposed to ideas that they would likely never had exposure to at home.
I'm really excited about this opportunity and how this grant has the potential to transform our community in years to come. Computer science helps drive innovation in today's global economy and is essential for many current and future careers. Through Kodable, our elementary students will have the opportunity to build foundational skills that will set the stage for a future full of possibilities.
Being located in Kensington, one of the poorest areas of Philadelphia, hasn't stopped John Moffet Elementary from running a full makerspace for their students. They use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) with all of their K-5 students, tying in what material is being taught in the classroom so that the makerspace enriches all of their curriculum.
With Kodable for Everyone the students will now be exposed to the full version of Kodable. This will allow students not only to develop coding skills, but also to cultivate abilities in pattern recognition, 21 st century skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. For many of our students, Kodable will help develop interest in coding which will impact their future fields of study and even careers. Kodable enriches other areas of the curriculum in such a way that its benefits will go beyond coding.
Kansas City International Academy is an international school with a high refugee population. They serve students from over 21 different countries speaking over 15 different languages. They believe in empowering students to overcome the difficult situations they face in their daily lives, and encouraging them to learn about the unique cultures of their peers and their own families.
Kodable will give KCIA students the opportunity to practice critical thinking, problem solving skills, and persistence. More than anything, we hope Kodable will instill the courage and empowerment our students need to pursue an innovative career path and break the cycle of poverty.
Kansas City, Missouri
Positioned right near the USA/Mexico border in Las Cruces, Monte Vista serves a wide variety of students. To foster community, they have an annual Family Coding night where students show their parents how to code. They also have a First Robotics League team and Girls Who Code program after school.
I am so excited for this incredible opportunity for ALL of the students in my school! Kodable is such an engaging, comprehensive, developmental programming curriculum that will prepare my K-5 students for the future. It will develop their computational thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills and is a basic literacy in our digital age!
Morrill Elementary is committed to empowering students to become confident, knowledgeable, productive and responsible citizens of a diverse, ever-changing world. In a time when students can learn faster than teachers can talk, the teachers at Morrill understand that we must be facilitators of learning rather dispensers of information. They strive to equip students for the world they are going to graduate into rather than for the world from which they came.
Kodable will give every student the opportunity to experience computer science at a deeper and richer level and teachers the tools needed to implement it in daily instruction. We are very excited to watch our students expand their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills with Kodable!
Norway Elementary is part of a small but very caring district in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Their school participates in a number of innovative initiatives with a lot of community involvement. These include things like "20 time" projects that help students get hands on passion projects that also connect with their community, and some staff even run community technology courses at local restaurants to get more community members to understand and enjoy Computer Science.
This award is going to help our students to become better thinkers, improve their ability to persevere, be even more inspired by coding and to grow into entrepreneurs who can change the world! With Kodable, we will greatly improve our students' coding skills in a world that has a shortage of skilled programmers but it will also help our students with other skills and subjects as well. Kodable is, and always has been, one of our favorite apps for learning. This award will be giving us more of the tools we need to help our students feel empowered. We can teach them to become creators instead of merely consumers in this world of digital media.
The only school from New York City to be selected, Langston Hughes began teaching computer science lessons to students in the library last year. Their tireless and dedicated staff works to engage every student, many who are first generation Caribbean/West Indies residents. With support from administration, Computer Science education has become a main focus of their entire school's curriculum moving forward.
This year, we are beginning to implement a Computer Science curriculum for all of our K-5 students. We firmly believe it is our duty to expose our students to CS concepts, skills, and practices in their early years, so they will be better prepared for college and the careers of the 21st Century. In the past we have explored the free Kodable activities with our K-2 students and they absolutely loved them! After exhausting all of the free lessons, students clambered for more. Being awarded this grant means that our K-5 students and teachers will have access to all of Kodable's lesson plans, video tutorials, coding games, and more. We can't wait to get started!
Papago is part of a diverse community in central Phoenix, Arizona, but hasn't let them stop that from bringing innovation in education to their students. With support from their principal, Papago recently designated themselves a "signature school" focusing on coding and robotics. This has paid off in spades, and just in the last year they've had students work towards creating apps to help combat teen depression.
Part of Papago’s vision is to prepare students for an every-changing world. Kodable will help our students prepare for a technologically rich world by giving students the foundational understanding of computer science. Applications like Kodable give students the opportunity to develop problem solving skills as well as enhance their creativity and self-expression.
Located south of Sydney in the Australian state of Tasmania, Risdon Vale just added their first computer room to support ICT. Very few students have access to computers at home, and teachers help develop knowledge and skills to design, create, problem solve and evaluate digital resources individually and collaboratively to meet the demands of living in the 21st century.
This award will enable our students to engage with the new Digital Technologies curriculum in a fun, exciting way. It will promote the development of skills such as problem solving, creativity, persistence and collaboration which students can apply to other curriculum areas and to life in general. We are hoping the attainment of these skills will empower our students to pursue further education and lead to a positive employable future to break the generational poverty cycle many of them are unfortunately trapped in.
Rochester Elementary/Middle School is located in a small town north of Pittsburgh. They've recently created two maker spaces for their students using grant money and even provide in-house therapists and three hot meals a day to help students with distressing home lives.
We are thrilled to embark on a new journey that will provide our students in depth coding skills, introduce them to potential career paths while using an engaging way to develop their problem solving, decision making and creativity skills. We look forward to paying our knowledge forward to future generation of coders.
Rosann Carson has spent over 20 years working at the Southwest Florida Juvenile Detention Center. We want to let her words speak for us here:
My students reside and attend school at a detention center in Lee County, Florida. Many of the students who are ordered here through the court system do not attend school on the “outs” on a regular basis. While here, it is mandatory that they attend school daily.
So far this school year, I have not had any student that has been enrolled in a computer science, programming or coding class while attending school on the “outs”, as we call it. According to my students, it doesn’t appear to be something they would be interested in and sounds like a very difficult class made for “only smart or rich kids”. Introducing my students to computer science appears to be changing how they feel about this subject. My students come in with all types of problems and they are starting to use what they are learning in their computer science class to help solve some of their real-life problems. This is a huge plus in my book! This award will allow my students to explore the world of computer science to perhaps make them consider going back to their home school and enrolling in computer science classes once they are released from the detention center. They are already excited about the different options they can take in this field and the money that can be made, so I'm hopeful this can steer them in the right direction and keep them from getting into more trouble.
Again, I appreciate this opportunity you have given my school to allow my students to see that they can achieve anything they set their minds to do. Just because they have stumbled upon a troubled path does not mean they have to continue walking down it.
Woodrow Wilson’s school boundaries include a refugee center, which accounts for a student population that is approximately 95% ELL with about 30 different languages spoken. Many students get three free meals a day and the school provides many other community services such as Parent Education, mobile medical and vision support and a food pantry, to mention just a few. This hasn't stopped them from opening a new makerspace which they hope will open a world of future opportunities for their students.
Because coding is a universal language, having full access to the Kodable curriculum will provide our kids many opportunities to achieve earlier successes, which will be motivational in itself. They’ll also be able to work collaboratively with their classmates which is difficult in other settings. We look forward to many “aha” moments!
One of the reasons we founded Kodable was because we believe in the ability of technology to help change the world for the better. Never before has something existed that allows people to create so much value with so little personal resources.
Computer Science Education gives anyone, anywhere, the ability to harness that power to change the world, to better the lives of themselves and those around them, regardless of where they are or how much money they have.
We've been blown away by the success of Kodable in the past few years, and Kodable for Everyone is our chance to give back. We want to give this opportunity to those who might not be able to afford it otherwise. The biggest change in the world could be made by someone who hasn't been given the chance to learn how to do it.
This gives them that chance.
Grechen and Jon