Design, Create, and Code at Bugg Magnet Elementary
Imagine a place where children work alongside structural engineers to construct a model city out of milk cartons. Imagine a space in which students not only grow their own produce in a garden, but also work with local chefs to plan and create healthy meals from their harvest. Imagine a class in which computer programmers inspire students to design, create and launch their own mobile apps.
This place is Bugg Magnet Elementary Center for Design & Computer Sciences. Here, school staff members partner with leading technology businesses such as SAS, Lord Corporation, Vanbara and Mad-Learn as well as community groups to design and implement hands-on learning opportunities like these every day. And these experiences mold young learners into the computer scientists, designers, programmers, engineers and collaborative problem solvers we will depend on in future.
Thinking, Acting & Applying
Bugg Magnet Elementary is the first school in the Wake County Public School System to offer the Center for Design & Computer Sciences program.
The program focuses on providing in-depth, hands-on instruction that introduces children to the Design Cycle Process and integrates computer science. Thanks to this approach, Bugg graduates will enter middle school well-positioned for higher-level math and science and far ahead of the technological learning curve.
Students at Bugg Magnet Elementary will learn how to:
- Take ideas and problems apart (Decomposition).
- Identify patterns and similarities to solve problems (Pattern Recognition).
- Focus on the important factors (Abstraction).
- Create solutions using a list of ordered steps (Algorithmic Design).
- Become problem-solving innovators.
- Learn computer coding and programming.
- Develop apps.
- Build and program robots.
- Create digital music and art and much more.
Bugg students start each day with challenging thinking exercises in short group sessions called A.M. Innovations. During this time, students explore timely, real-world situations and solve problems. They utilize the design cycle and computational thinking to complete each daily assignment. Often students work on one project through multiple sessions culminating in a final presentation.
Students often participate in A.M. Innovations as well as electives and before- and after-school clubs in two Innovations Labs. The labs feature collaborative furniture and house interactive technology devices including a 3D printer, laser cutter, video production equipment and green screen, virtual reality kits, robotics equipment and more.
A Technology-Driven Educational Experience
Understanding technology and how to use it to solve real-world problems is the name of the game at Bugg Magnet Elementary. To support this endeavor, students take project-based, technology-focused elective courses, including:
- Computer Programming & Coding
- Digital Music and Composition
- 2D and 3D Digital Art
- Web Design and Global Communications
- Health and Fitness Technology Innovations
Introduce Your Child to the Design Cycle
Use real-world challenges and opportunities to lead your child through the Design Cycle process at home and at play:
- Empathize: Think about who is affected and how they feel?
- Define: What problem do you want to solve?
- Ideate: Brainstorm a possible solution.
- Prototype: Build a solution and put your plan into action.
- Test: Test and improve your solution.
- Share: Share your solution.
Bugg Magnet Elementary School Center for Design & Computer Sciences
825 Cooper Road
Raleigh NC 27610
Visit http://www.wcpss.net/bugges to schedule a tour!