Solutions for Computationa Thinking

Solution One

  • Train both teachers and education-based non-profit instructors in computational thinking and design thinking. Given Metro Nashville Public Schools’ focus on literacy, align literacy standards with computer science standards to help teachers align both mandates. Align assessments of STEM with literacy standards to help inform instruction and alignment of district priorities. 

Solution Two

  • Map all existing in school and out of school STEM, media, arts,humanities and computational thinking trainings, and opportunities for youth in Davidson County to identify location, cost, timeframe, gaps and scale. Build on Opportunity Now and MNPS data to track students’ STEM-related trajectories. Develop free summer opportunities for students K- 12 to enroll in STEM, media, arts,humanities and computational thinking programs, with special emphasis on scaling and creating programming for elementary students in order to ensure that older siblings can also enroll in tech-related summer experiences.

Soution Three

  • Create intentional tech programs that empower students from underrepresented communities (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, immigrant/refugee communities, and differently abled) and diverse language communities. Collaborate with local colleges and universities that have National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation grants and TRIO grants to help fund tech inclusion programs for underrepresented communities. Increase transportation options (e.g. Strive, mobile units, etc.) for students to attend STEM, media, arts, humanities and computational thinking programs throughout the week.