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CES participates in ECU’s "Integrating the Computer Science For All Initiative"


CES participates in ECU’s iC4All Project

Recently, middle school students from Chinquapin Elementary School along with their Art Teacher Ms. Ann Haugh, participated in East Carolina University College of Education’s “Integrating the Computer Science for All” iCS4ALL project. Students from 3 Rural Eastern NC Counties were empowered to combine the arts and music with computational thinking. The students created woven boats along with woven houses. The student's projects all had similarities in that each focused on the devastation of Hurricane Florence, in which all 3 counties participating in this project were affected. Students created a scene where houses not affected by Hurricane Florence were put inside the boat, while houses that were flooded were placed outside, surrounding the woven boat. The students depicted rainfall, wind, and flooding through colors and symbols.

Ms. Ann Haugh, Chinquapin Elementary Art Teacher shared, “What started out as an opportunity to work with a well-renowned artist who was seemingly using computational skills and STEAMA concepts in her work, turned into a personal journey and healing process for many of the students. I don't think many of the students had the opportunity to process their own emotions regarding the hurricane. This project, validated their emotions as they wrote and illustrated and then wove structures that conveyed their experience. The arena within which they presented their work in was yet another important part of the process as it gave voice to their experience. In the end, I think this was a huge learning experience on many levels for students, as well as all who participated in this journey.”

The Woven Boat Project was recently displayed on the Health Sciences Campus of ECU where all three groups, along with ECU faculty and other guests attended “The Big Reveal” on November 20th.

Congratulations Ms. Haugh and the CES students for sharing their stories through these amazing projects!


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