May 24, 2018-- Prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Toms River Regional Schools earned a $10,000 grant from SAP in support of a project called #WeAreTRCoders, for which the primary goal was to teach intermediate-level girls the basics of coding, including computer and digital language programming. Throughout the year, this cohort of girls have applied their newfound programming and debugging skills and knowledge to authentic purposes, identifying and addressing real-world problems and programming devices like robots, microcontrollers, and microcomputers. As covered by Asbury Park Press, it is the district's hope that these girls and their peers will advance to the TR:TechReady program.
The #WeAreTRCoders project culminated with a field experience to the SAP innovation space in New York City May 23. Accompanied by parents and district educators, students took advantage of the grant-funded NYC trip to work with volunteer professionals and engage with high-tech robots, all within the confines of a real-world professional environment … with great city views. More photos below.