Parallax’s Aristides Alvarez spent the week at IgniteND conference in Bismark, North Dakota. This three-day conference is a hands-on workshop for educators to learn about coding, cybersecurity, and robotics as foundational learning topics in a global economy. North Dakota developed an effective program and the educators are embracing it quickly. The teachers are very supportive of these efforts and the conference attendance doubled this year to over 200 teachers.
Aristides was busy with a Parallax table to show our What’s a Microcontroller? with Python and cyber:bot curriculum, prepared with the support of cyber.org. Both of these Python tutorials are foundational content of the North Dakota curriculum. Aristides also assisted with the micro:bit programming workshops.
The IgniteND program is inclusive and encouraging for educators, too. Educators facilitate the use of accepted technologies while learning them in parallel with students. This is exactly the kind of style we prefer at Parallax because it gives the students some agency and self-guided experience over their own learning.
Congratulations to the educators and the organizers of a very successful event this year! If you’d like to connect your district or state to those who created the North Dakota standards and program, feel free to contact us and we’ll put you in touch with them.