Grant Awarded to Countrywood Teacher

A real robot named Dash, donated to the district by the South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF), is being used to teach young students to write simple computer code.
A real robot named Dash, donated to the district by the South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF), is being used to teach young students to write simple computer code.
Ms. Kapps, with a couple of her students, is inspired to watch students of all learning styles achieve coding goals.
Ms. Kapps, with a couple of her students, is inspired to watch students of all learning styles achieve coding goals.

Second grade teacher, Jessica Kapps, has been awarded the Teacher Technology Innovation Grant by Western Suffolk BOCES.  The mission of the grant was to leverage technology to transform education and improve the learning and lives of students.  Ms. Kapps, along with the district’s Technology Integration Coach Janine D’Elia, used a real robot named Dash, donated to the district by the South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF), to teach young students to write simple computer code. The Grant will provide $1,000 to spend on technologies in her Countrywood classroom!

As the students programmed Dash to move up and down an oversized number line, they were introduced to the fascinating world of computer programming!  The learning experience perfectly aligned with Common Core Learning Standards for Math, so the class was working in computer science while simultaneously strengthening their mathematical skills which involved collaboration, computation, and problem solving.  Ms. Kapps was inspired to watch students of all learning styles achieve coding goals and she is honored to have won this prestigious award. Ms. Kapps and Mrs. D'Elia will be honored at an awards luncheon in June.