Mt. Pleasant Public Schools announced that they have received a competitive $20,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Education to bring robotics and computer science curriculum to the district.
“Learning the fundamentals of computer science from an early age helps prepare students for success and opens the door to good-paying, in-demand tech careers,” said Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Verleger. “…we are dedicated to empowering our students with the skills to compete for the jobs of tomorrow and make a positive contribution to society.”
The district was one of eight across the state to win the grant. The funds will allow Mt. Pleasant Public Schools to purchase computer science equipment and resources for their elementary, middle and high schools, as well as pay for professional development and planning to develop curriculum around the new technology, which includes coding robots and 3D printers.
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools staff will work with a computer science consultant from the state, as well as representatives from the Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District and MiSTEM Network to plan and implement their vision for the district’s computer science program.
“In addition to the technology equipment, collaboration among stakeholders is key so we can help ensure our students can make the best use of these resources,” said Joyce Castellon, core academic educational technologist and data coach at MPPS. “We’re so excited to bring coding robots and other devices into our classrooms so students can receive hands-on computer science experience.”