Soon after students settled into their seats, Jeff Remington directed them to begin downloading an application on their school-issued iPads that would teach them about the language – called coding – that tells computers what to do.

Then he flipped on an 8-minute video explaining why coding is something the Palmyra Middle School students should know: Tech companies anticipate the need for a million more coders over the next decade.

Remington interrupted the video to make sure students took note of the playground-like atmosphere that tech companies, like the one in the video, offer in hopes that playing video games and riding scooters down hallways will entice prospective employees.

“You don’t even need a college degree for some of these jobs. You saw the life that you lead by working for these companies,” Remington told the class.

“This is where we got to be moving.”

Remington and other educators want students across Pennsylvania to see science as a way to fulfill their dreams. Educators said the state needs to adopt a new set of science standards that helps public school students recognize that science is part of everyday life.

Specifically, educators like Remington are calling on the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or a state-developed set of learning expectations adapted to them. They say the new standards would deliver science education more consistently and effectively across Pennsylvania’s schools.

Click here to read the full story in PA Penn Live (January 14, 2019)

NSTA Note: Jeff Remington is a 2017 NSTA STEM Teacher Ambassador. Click here to learn more about Jeff and the other Ambassadors.

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