edWeb.net and Wonder Workshop launch community for educators to help their students explore coding and robotics

Wonder Workshop LogoedWeb.net and Wonder Workshop are hosting a professional learning community (PLC) on Coding & Robotics K-8 that will bring together thought leaders, technical experts, leading-edge educators, and industry leaders to provide teachers new information, resources, ideas and a place for discussion on how to teach coding and robotics, and how to integrate computer science and coding theory into core subjects, especially for students in grades K-8.

Coding & Robotics K-8 supports teachers, administrators, and educators to help students explore coding and robotics and develop math, logic, critical thinking and problem solving skills while challenging them to think creatively. Through the community, teachers can access new and exciting tools to engage students in creative instruments that combine computational thinking with real-world application. Wonder Workshop will be presenting its first webinar to the community, “Beyond the Hour of Code,” during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 5-11, 2016,  when schools around the world are participating in the Hour of Code™.

“The Hour of Code is a jumping-off point for millions of teachers and students to get their feet wet with coding. But an hour is not enough,” said Mike Lorion, Vice President and General Manager of Education for Wonder Workshop. “Computer science is a key 21st century skill to learn, and we’re helping teachers sustainably integrate computer science into the school day across all major curricular areas. Many teachers are teaching coding and robotics for the first time, so professional learning communities are more important than ever.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder of edWeb.net commented, “I’ve seen how coding and robotics can engage young girls, and build such confidence, through the Princeton YWCA Robotics Program. I’m so excited that we can work with Wonder Workshop and their robots Dash and Dot to help teachers introduce more students to a new world of learning.”

Join “Beyond the Hour of Code” on Tuesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, presented by Bryan L. Miller, Educator Community Manager, Wonder Workshop and Kiki Prottsman, Educator Program Manager, Code.org®. To join the Coding & Robotics K-8 community, visit www.edweb.net/code.