What is Computer Science?
Computer science is more than just computer programming. It is computational thinking, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving. WCSD is working hard to create more opportunities for students to engage in computer science and coding.
What is Nevada Doing to Bring Computer Science to Our Schools?
In 2017, the State of Nevada enacted Senate Bill 200 to expand Computer Science education, to help move Nevada forward to more equitable access for all students, and to assist district leaders and classroom teachers in the implementation of these initiatives through high quality professional development.
The Nevada Department of Education's mission is to provide engaging and rigorous computer science education for ALL Nevada students, regardless of their age, race, gender, disability, socioeconomic level, or what school they attend, and to prepare them for a wide variety of postsecondary experiences and careers in the digital age. Our students are not only consumers of technology, but creators of it.
To learn more about K-12 Computer Science in Nevada and SB200, go to the State of Nevada Department of Education website.
How is WCSD Bringing Computer Science to Our Schools?
WCSD's goal is to bring computer science and coding to students from kindergarten through high school. This includes integrating computer science into other subject areas and teaching computer science as a stand-alone subject. WCSD is working to:
- train teachers of younger students to include computer science into instruction,
- offer more beginning and introductory computer science opportunities in middle schools and high schools, and
- create equitable access to computer science for all students.
Elementary Schools: Grades K-6
In 2018-19 a cadre of 40 innovative and motivated teachers, representing a diverse selection of WCSD elementary schools, will bring computer science and coding to over 700 students as part of the regular school day. Funded through Senate Bill 200 (2017), these classrooms have a variety of computer science resources for student use. Teachers will participate in over 100 hours of professional development, training, and support, to help them bring computational thinking and computer science to their students.
Many elementary schools also offer a range of opportunities for students to engage in computer science, coding, and robotics.
Secondary Schools: Grades 6-12
Approximately 900 WCSD students are presently enrolled in Computer Science courses in nine WCSD high schools. This number represents an increase of 120% (2018 to 2019)! Well ahead of the 2022 deadline established by SB200, we welcome four new computer science high schools: Galena, Incline, Spanish Springs, and Wooster. AACT, Damonte Ranch, Hug, McQueen, and Reno all have previously established programs.
Our goals for next year are to support two additional high schools as they work to meet SB200 requirements and to continue expanding computer science education as we provide more equitable access to computer science education for all students.