We will have more time for Computer Programming Lessons this school year at MSC High School, including robotics programming using the latest state-of-the-art Lego MindStorm EV3 robotics set.
MSC Institute of Technology High School students at all levels will have two hours of computer programming lessons per week beginning this school year. Programming “is the new ‘superpower’ that isn’t taught in 90% of US schools” During the previous years, MSC students started programming once a week using the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics Kits.
This year the students will have, in addition to their Robotics classes, an additional hour of programming using a high level language like Python. This will prepare the MSC students for high- paying jobs in the 2020s.
Just this December, 2013, computer industry leaders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg organized the Code.org to encourage schools in the US to offer programming courses at all level because they feared that “1 million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled” in 2020 because only “1 out of ten schools in America teach children how to code”. They project that by that date about 1.4 million programming jobs will be open and the American educational system can only produce 400,000 programmers if the other schools will not include programming in their curriculum.
Moreover, according to Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, Inc. and the creator of IPad and IPhone, “Everybody (in this country) should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”.
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Believing that knowledge of programming will have a great positive impact on the future of its students, the MSC administration not only decided to have the additional hour of computer programming instruction, but also acquired the latest and most advanced Lego Mindstorms Kit, the EV3 for Evolution – Third generation for use of their students.
And, to make sure that MSC students will have the best possible training in computer programming, MSC founder and President, Virgilio “ Sir Ike” Prudente will personally handle the classes.