4th grade teachers: Apply for Computer Science Wonder Project by Nov 11

The Mississippi Children’s Museum, in partnership with Mississippi State University, is offering training for teachers to promote coding, robotics, and digital literacy to 4th grade students through the Computer Science (CS) Wonder project. The deadline to apply is Nov. 11.

The project being offered to up to twenty 4th grade teachers across the state to provide support and resources to aid in student growth as it relates to computer science education. Through this two-year program, teachers will be given resources to train their students for a regional coding challenge, the opportunity to get two free continuing education units, and a $1,500 stipend.

During the first year, teachers will participate in Wonder of STEAM professional development. Teachers are required to attend all four training sessions. These professional development sessions will qualify participants for .5 CEUs per session. These trainings will provide hands-on lessons and model how to effectively engage students in open-ended exploration. In year two, teachers will receive coding kits to take back to the classrooms to begin training and preparing their students for a Spring Coding Challenge.

Tentatively, CS Wonders training sessions will be held in person Jan. 28, online March 18, in person July 22, and in person Sept. 23. (These are all Saturday meetings so as not to interfere with school obligations.) Attendance is mandatory.

If you would like to be considered to be a part of the CS Wonder project, please complete the CS Wonder Application, which includes submitting your resume and a letter of support from your principal by Nov. 11.

For more information, please contact Shelly Hollis (shelly.hollis@cce.msstate.edu) at the Center for Cyber Education at Mississippi State University.