Acellus, The Leader In Virtual K-12 Education, Debuts CellusBot and 10 Year STEM Coding Initiative At CES 2018
Our 10 year old edtech reporter Tatum F has a rigorous reporting schedule. With 1 to 2 conferences or big events every month she began home schooling 2 years ago with Acellus, the leader in virtual K-12 education. Acellus teaches kids the way they were meant to be taught, with real, credentialed and distinguished teachers through video lessons, activities and assessments.
Founded by Dr. Roger Billings, Acellus takes great care in developing the best possible curriculum to keep students engaged and learning.
In addition to home schooling, Acellus has found it’s way into classrooms across the country as a source of curriculum for students. Acellus lessons are used both as stand alone and as reinforcement to current curriculum initiatives at public and private schools.
The company announced a new 10 year instructional initiative called STEM-10 at CES 2018, although some school systems across the country started to implement the program in the fall of 2017. This program is at the heart of Dr. Billings mission and is designed to really dive in and teach kids important coding, robotics and STEM skills. As the name of the program suggests, it’s a 10 year instructional initiative that starts with third graders. It’s perfect for public and private elementary schools as well as homeschool students where teachers may not be affluent in coding instruction.
At the third grade level students use the Acellus coding robot called Cellus Bot, to learn basic programming. The curriculum is all self contained which makes it perfect for students regardless of their pace of learning. As they excel to the next grade the instruction goes more in-depth. By high school years they will have developed programming skills that rival those found in even collegiate and coding skills nationwide.
“…To become proficient in coding and similar technology, one must start at an early age. While some few are drawn to technology in their youth, most are not. Starting with a broad deployment in the 3rd grade and building upon that start year after year will result in many more trained and capable graduates, especially in the case of women and minorities. In ten years the demand for these abilities will be far greater than anyone can imagine, not only to be able to run our own telephones, and smart devices, but also to be able to develop the new products and applications of the day.” Dr. Billings said in a statement.
In addition to the STEM-10 initiative, the Institute of Science and Technology, the non-profit behind Acellus, has also announced a concurrent major initiative called CTE-100. With that IST and Acellus are creating courses to prepare high school students for careers in 100 different CTE fields. CTE is the new alternative to auto-shop and nursing classes that used to be offered in high school, ensuring that as high school students graduate they are prepared for work in a wide variety of technical fields.
At the nibletz.com office, Tatum is excited about coding and stem products that are designed for longevity and that is the case with Cellus Bot and Acellus’ STEM-10 initiative. In the video above she talks with John Billings about Cellus Bot.
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