Walker Upper Elementary School students participated in a pilot program with UVA Curry School of Education & Human Development that combines computer science and engineering to study how water runoff affects playgrounds.
During the 2017-18 school year, fifth and sixth grade students tested a series of 18 lessons created by a collaborative team of UVA faculty, researchers and Walker teachers. Students had to use a variety of computer models and experiments to solve water runoff problems for pretend playgrounds they designed, as well as Walker School’s real playground.
According to a March 29, 2019 article posted online by UVAToday, UVA is working with teams from Vanderbilt and SRI International to develop this curriculum as a way to meet growing state and national standards of learning that require integrating more computer science into classrooms.
Read more here:
Breen, Audrey. “Local Students Pilot New UVA Curriculum Combining Computers, Rain and Playgrounds.” UVAToday, 29 Mar. 2019, news.virginia.edu/content/local-students-pilot-new-uva-curriculum-combining-computers-rain-and-playgrounds.