Bibb County Schools were recently awarded a $25,000 Middle School Computer Initiative Grant for West Blocton Middle School and Centreville Middle School. Mrs. Jennifer Box, Assistant Principal at WBMS, Mr. Ty Blocker, Principal at CMS, and Mr. Wes Lawley, District Technology Coordinator, applied for this grant through the Alabama Department of Education to provide training for teachers in introductory coding and animation. Bibb County was one of only 25 school systems around the state selected for this grant.
The purpose of the Middle School Computer Programming Initiative competitive grant is to provide funding for professional development, training, and curriculum to Local School Agency (LEAs) in the area of computer programming for middle school students. Computer Programming is the process of creating a set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a task. Some areas addressed through computer programming include: Coding languages, Website development (ex. HTML, CSS), Animations and Games, Managing and interpreting data, Physical computing (ex: maker projects, robotics), and Simulations.