Explore Technology is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) course based on the Code.org curriculum. Code.org is a non-profit that selected Broward County Public Schools for this unique partnership, which aims to increase students’ interest in computer science as a possible career path. Students have the opportunity with the full support of the teacher to develop programs using Scratch, the block code language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Scratch programming language provides all of the constructs inclusive in computer science while eliminating many of the frustrations and difficulties with a syntax-based language (C++). The programming concepts included as part of the Code.org curricula align with Common Core Mathematics and ISTE technology standards.
The mission of the district is to meet the educational needs of all students in a safe learning environment with the goal of educating today’s students for tomorrow’s world. The mission of the Technology academy aligns with the district in meeting the needs of students for tomorrow’s world, opening the doors to a technology-rich environment for computer science. The vision statement of the Technology academy aligns with the district’s vision of public education that includes 21st-century skills. Students will have the knowledge and skills needed to move forward to enroll in additional STEM courses both in high school and higher education. The Technology Academy provides the awareness and understanding of implementing computer software, in addition to the necessary skills and expertise gained from the participation in the Code.org curriculum.