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Kicking Off CS Ed Week

What better way is there to kick off CSEdWeek than to hold an open house showcase of great student work and projects? This will answer for my community the age old question, "What is Computer Science?"

The open house is also a celebration of changes in our district. We built a new high school and moved in just in time for the start classes. In addition to opening a new building, we combined two existing high schools into one and closed five other schools. We restructure the building grade levels to K-5, 6-7, 8-9, and a 10-12 high school. Needless to say it has been a challenging start to the school year, but we know how resilient our students can be!

Our open house will confirm that CS education in Mifflin County is doing great things for students.

  • My programming and web design classes will have displays of their work including websites created using Microsoft Expression Studio and games made with Scratch, Alice, and XNA. The XNA projects were made possible by a donation of 20 Xbox controllers from Microsoft.
  • Our FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) team will setup the field and run through some of the missions for the upcoming robotics competition. This is our second year for team competition and we are excited to show our progress to the community.
  • The success of FTC and my middle school girls' summer camp encouraged me to start a Fisrt Lego League (FLL) team for students ages 9-14. The FLL team grew from six of my sons friends to over 25 with absolutely no advertising. So many students want to participate that we also have a Junior FLL team for students ages 6-9. Next year we will need to recruit more coaches. But how do you say "no" to a student who wants to learn about robotics, programming, and engineering?

    The public will get a chance to talk to my students, see firsthand how much they have learned, and discover why my students enjoy learning in this great project-based learning environment. Maybe someone will volunteer to be a coach!

    To see photos, videos, and weekly updates, check out our blog at www.pegfisher.wordpress.com.

    The open house is open to the public and you are invited to attend.
    6-7:30 Monday December 5
    Mifflin County High School
    501 Sixth Street, Lewistown, PA

    Hope to see you there!
    Mrs. Peggy Fisher
    STEM Club Advisor
    Computer Science Teacher
    mjf46@mcsdk12.org

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