Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dash Dot webCece Mutarelli, a second grader at St. Mary School in Simsbury, and her brother Max, in fifth grade, get to know Dot and Dash in the fifth-grade classroom at the school.St. Mary School in Simsbury is beefing up its already extensive use of technology in the core curriculum by implementing an upgraded technology and coding program for its students. 

In September, students in kindergarten through grade eight will receive a new generation of iPads to replace those that have been available to pupils over the past five years.

Students also will see their curriculum expand to include an Apple coding curriculum with a little help from their friendly robots.

“St. Mary’s has always been a leader in evolving our curriculum and providing resources to best equip our students  to be successful young adults and to engage them in lifelong learning,” said Margaret Williamson, the school’s principal.  “These enhancements both upgrade and introduce new elements that will directly benefit our students in a meaningful way.”

Ms. Williamson explained that coding is an ever-increasing skill in today’s world. Coding drives innovation, allows children to be creative and builds confidence, she said.  

“By utilizing the [Apple] Swift Playground coding curriculum, we will offer our students a range of resources that take students from no coding experience to building their first apps,” she said

.Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will use robots Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop, an education and robotics firm founded in 2012, which are made to engage students and make learning fun. 

St. Mary’s is in its 60th year of educating children from throughout Farmington Valley. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is open.

Information about St. Mary’s or enrollment is available from Toni Chagnon at 860. 658.9412 or at