August marked the beginning of the Denver Public Schools 2019-2020 school year. At Florence Crittenton High School, KidsTek Senior Instructor Emily Tow is teaching a class new to the school this year: Intro to Computing. In this course, which Tow has taught the past two years at Hinkley High School in Aurora, students learn the basics of computer science. From hardware to networking to how Wi-Fi routers actually work, this class allows students to gain essential understanding and vocabulary needed to understand our increasingly digital world.
In addition to Intro to Computing, Florence Crittenton students may also take KidsTek’s newest course, 21st Century Skills. In this class, students learn valuable life skills taught on computers. The class combines pre-determined and student-requested topics including soft skills like resume creation, job interviews, and more, plus topics like nutrition, taxes, local government, and even a CPR certification opportunity.
“When designing the 21st Century Skills curriculum, KidsTek staff brainstormed and discussed things that we as adults wished we had learned about in high school. The staff likes to call that class ‘Adulting 101’ and it’s always a lot of fun to teach,” said Senior Instructor Emily Tow.
The KidsTek staff is looking forward to a great fall semester with DPS. From field trips, to guest speakers, to collaborations with local businesses, KidsTek students will have a lot of great opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year. “The year is starting off great and we look forward to getting to know our students better!” said Program Manager Meghan Lang.