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3 Posts authored by: erikleitner
Let's Start with a little introduction. My name is Erik Leitner and I am a STEM and Computer Science Instructional Facilitator at Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest district. I am also a Computer Science Fundamentals facilitator for Code.org, district coordinator for SECME, the county's K-12 STEM Olympiad, and leader of the districtwide roll-out of STEM initiatives such as Minecraft and eSports. I am certified in both K-6 education and K-12 Computer Science.  A ...
Waking up on the fourth day of camp I was ready to expand our program and take things to the next level.  What I didn't expect was to read this...     After a few calls, I was saddened to discover that camp had to be cancelled.  We simply couldn't have students on the campus without functional plumbing.  Even after water was restored several days later, the city remained on a boil water order for nearly a week.  Businesses and programs were forced to shut down an ...
During the first week of camp, the goal was to get the students familiar with the MakeCode platform and to get them working with the Micro:bits.  As stated before, the majority of these students had either never programmed before and NONE of them had done any physical computing whatsoever.  Since the first day was spent introducing the platform to all 200 students, it was now time to shift our focus to the 60 that wished to put most of their energy into the STEM program.  I would ...