When students went back to school in Salem, New Hampshire last month, they didn’t realize that there would be new STEM classes for the new school year.
“None of us have done this before,” said Automation and Robotics teacher Paul Gelinas. “I don’t have any coding background, so I’ve been going through the instructions carefully and relying on some of the kids who have had some exposure to this.”
Gelinas has taught for 25 years. He is one of a handful of teachers who have moved to expand instruction in STEM topics. Teachers are learning as much about technology, engineering, and coding as the students. The entire school community is working together to find new ways how to learn techology.
“Two years ago, the only computer in the room was mine,” said teacher Mickey Natoli. “I think eventually, you’ll walk into a classroom and won’t know if it’s a math class, a science class, an English class or anything else.”