More than 350 elementary and middle school students, who are enrolled in the district’s WIN Academy, were immersed in a daylong, interactive computer programming session at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The class was part of a year-long collaborative between SISD and UTEP, called the Tech-E program. The idea is to demonstrate and create opportunities for Team SISD’s WIN Academy students to develop skills in (STEAM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
“It’s a great program because they are being exposed to technology and career exploration in STEAM,” said Dr. Holly Fields, SISD’s school improvement officer and director of instructional support department. “Our WIN students are really enjoying it. They are so enthusiastic doing all the hands-on work.”
The Tech-E program, which started in fall 2016, exposes students to a wide range of technologies so they will be better prepared for a career and/or future choices with real-world hands-on experience, said Mike Pitcher, Tech-E coordinator and UTEP’s director of academic technologies. It is aimed at elementary and middle school students.
“Right now is the perfect opportunity to start bringing in second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth grade students,” Pitcher said. “The reality is, the best time to start focusing on the pathways to college is the sooner the better.”