The Bethel Park School District was one of 765 Pennsylvania School Districts to receive a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted K12 Computer Science and STEM Education Grant.
The District will use this money to provide computer science education opportunities for the fifth and sixth grade students at Neil Armstrong Middle School in an effort to establish a basic skills foundation that will encourage students to pursue computer science electives at the high school level.
For the first part of the grant, Principal Ken Patterson, Fifth Grade Teacher Robert Wargo and Librarian Michelle Minnick will participate in the required training as stipulated by the grant. Once trained, the students in Mr. Wargo’s classroom and all sixth grade students through their Library classes will have the opportunity to participate in computer science activities through organizations such as Code.org.
“We are pleased to be a part of this state-wide initiative that is intentionally expanding access to high-quality computer science and STEM education across the State,” explained Bethel Park Superintendent Dr. Joseph W. Pasquerilla. “We know that the vast majority of new jobs to be created will require computer science skills, and the programs we will be providing our students through this grant will help them to graduate and be prepared for success in the global community.”