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School-wide Coding and Robotics Program

McKinley has implemented the first school-wide Coding and Robotics Program; which branched from the STEM program, during the school day in San Gabriel Unified School District.  It was introduced to students in 2015 as an after school program.  With the arrive of 1:1 technology in the classroom, the opportunity presented itself to repurposed computer lab to bring coding during the school day. 

At McKinley Elementary, the Coding and Robotics program is a collaboration between the STEM teacher, the classroom teachers, and the site administrators in order to…

  • Prepare students to be college and career ready.
  • Help close the achievement gap.
  • Support in math and ELA.
  • Preparation and compliance for NGSS.
Below is a synapsis of how it was implemented.
  •         1st trimester – 5th grade
  •         2nd trimester – 4th grade
  •         3rd trimester – 3rd grade
  •          K-2nd Grade –
  •          3rd – 5th – Google CS-first
  •          Coding celebration with Coding Certificate Award
  •          5 Lego EV3s - Three 4th grade classrooms
  •          3D Printer – TinkerCad – 5th grade classroom
  • 7 Lego EV3s and 15 WeDo 2.0s
  • 16 Ozobots
  • 7 Spheros
  • 8 Makey Makey
  • 4 Lapel Microphones


Below is our 6 year plan: