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Bringing Coding and Robotics Curriculum to Elementary Schools

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 28

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, June 27, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 28

Melissa Kramer   Linda Phipps   Nicole Tanner  
Learn how Richland School District Two introduced curriculum into elementary schools to develop and grow an early interest in computer science. Using coding, robotics and other computer-related tools, resources have been developed that allow K-5 students to enhance their computer science skills and become critical thinkers.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Ensure equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners.
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to share with participants the journey Richland Two traveled to incorporate Computer Science related work into elementary schools. The presentation will share the challenges and success in the design and implementation of the curriculum. The presentation will also share all of the curriculum resources developed, so participants can modify and use to fit their needs.


Outline Why Computer Science in Elementary is important.
The development of the curriculum to meet the needs and abilities of all students.
Explain the need to look at both coding and robotics.
Challenges and Successes Sharing of curriculum and resources.

Supporting research

No Fear Coding Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum by Heidi Williams

Planting the Roots of Computer Science in Elementary School

Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why Schools Should Teach Computer Science

Deciphering Code: Why America's Kids Need to Learn Computer Science

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Melissa Kramer, Lake Carolina Elem. Lower /Richland 2

Melissa Kramer is a Technology and Learning Coach in Richland School District Two in Columbia SC. She is certified in Early Childhood Education with a Masters in Technology in Education. She works with PreK-2nd grade teachers and students to incorporate technology into classrooms. She has enjoyed being a TLC the past ​four years because of the direct contact with students and teachers. She loves watching the excitement as students and teachers gain more knowledge and confidence with various tech tools. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the beach, photography, crafting and spending time with family, friends and her fur babies.

Linda Phipps, CTE

Linda Phipps is a Technology Learning Coach at Catawba Trail Elementary (Richland District Two), in Columbia, SC. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education Technology and her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Linda is also Nationally Board Certified in Early Childhood. Over her twenty year career as an educator, Linda has developed curriculum, taught STEMS, second grade and pre- kindergarten. Linda has presented at the National Service-Learning Conference, SC Midlands Summit and various district level professional developments. She enjoys helping teachers to create engaging lessons using technology and loves introducing students to the world of computer science.

Nicole Tanner, Richland Two - Langford Elementary

Nicole Tanner is in her 16th year of public education and her 10th year in Richland Two. She was a classroom teacher for twelve years before stepping into the Technology and Learning Coach role. She is a graduate of Columbia College (BA in Early Childhood Education and M.Edu. in Divergent Learning). Her passion is discovering new ways to incorporate technology in students' learning and guiding teachers to integrate technology in their instruction.

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