The ITEST Research Study, Creating a Virtual Infrastructure for Engaging Rural Youth in STEM Disciplines through Computer Science, was recently featured on Maine Public Broadcasting Network's interactive radio program Maine Calling. This project will use LearnToMod for Minecraft to engage middle school students in rural Maine with computer science and math concepts.
Technology has many conveniences, however the breakneck pace of it’s development has created a uniquely difficult problem for today’s teachers. Coding is unquestioningly an important skill for modern students, and will only become more important in the future, but many teachers (including the author of this curriculum) received little to no formal education in coding.
While programming may be daunting at ﬁrst, we implore you to always remember the ﬁrst and most important rule of coding, concisely summarized here by Science Fiction author Douglas Adams: