Four teacher librarians participate in computer science institute

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Four teacher librarians from Marshalltown Schools participated in a computer science institute recently in Bloomington, Indiana. Pictured from left are Alicia Patten, Erin Faas, Jodi Duffy and Val Ehlers.

Four Marshalltown School Community School district teacher librarians from the elementary level recently participated in the Infosys Pathfinders Summer Institute in Bloomington, Indiana.

This institute provides an intensive week of high-quality hands on training in computer science and making.  Erin Faas (Rogers Elementary School) and Alicia Patten (Fisher Elementary School) attended Makerspace Bootcamp where they focused on how to implement Makerspaces and the idea of making through both tech and non-tech avenues. This learning will be shared and implemented this fall in grades K-6 along with materials thanks to the district receiving Computer Science and Making STEM Connections grants.  

Jodi Duffy (Franklin Elementary School) and Val Ehlers (Woodbury Elementary School) attended Tynker Coding for Kids where they focused on digging deeper into how the district can efficiently support students on the path to coding mastery.  Elementary library curriculum currently utilizes Tynker with 3rd and 4th grade students. 

Pathfinders Institute is in its second year of existence and included 400+ teachers from 45 different states. This opportunity is mainly funded through Infosys.  

“Our teacher librarians are thankful we were given this opportunity,” Faas said.