in 2022 September 21
High-quality education in robotics, programming, coding and other core technologies is available to students
Governor Janet Mills today announced the launch of a new Maine Department of Education (DOE) initiative that will provide every Maine public school with a free mobile computer science lab. Funded through the Governor’s Emergency Education Fund, the effort will provide all Maine students with a high-quality learning experience that provides real-word instruction in robotics, programming, augmented and virtual reality, coding and hardware.
In July, Governor Mills joined governors from across the country in signing a bipartisan national agreement on computer science. Under the agreement, which was unveiled at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Portland, all 50 governors pledged to expand K-12 computer science education opportunities in their states.
“Our economy is increasingly dependent on employees with computer science education. This initiative will ensure that students across our state are prepared to succeed in the jobs of the future. said Governor Janet Mills. “My administration will continue to ensure that all Maine students have the opportunity to acquire digital literacy skills.
“Maine is leading the nation in equipping our schools statewide to ensure that every student receives a meaningful computer science education with real-world applications.” said Pender Makin, commissioner of the Maine Department of Education. “These mobile computer science labs will provide every Maine student in all grades and subject areas with learning experiences that will prepare them for future success.”
“This opportunity from the Mills administration and the Maine Department of Education is game-changing for Maine students. For the first time, all Maine children will have equal access to high-quality computer science curriculum and tools in their schools. I’m excited to see ownership at the heart of this new initiative and look forward to seeing what will happen next. said Sean Wasson, president of the Maine Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and 8th grade computer science teacher.
Schools will soon be able to order one of three mobile lab options: robotics and programming, augmented and virtual reality, and coding and hardware. Each lab is equipped with $5,000 worth of computer science equipment designed to integrate into any content area and skill level. In addition, the initiative will provide teachers with professional learning opportunities tailored to each computer science topic.
The Maine Department of Education is reaching out to Maine superintendents with details on how to provide mobile labs to schools in their district. More information about each program area can be found on the Maine Department of Education website.