Teach For America alum Carolyn Gisondi (New York ’08) teaches a diverse group of students at PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx. Though the backgrounds of her students differ—with many hailing from Central and South America, and some as far away as Bangladesh—they always come together and work as one to achieve their goals, Mrs. Gisondi says.
This year, Mrs. Gisondi’s class is participating in a new initiative aimed at providing high-quality computer science education to students in New York City—Computer Science For All—and will work as a team to test their programming skills.
“My students have recently completed their first course of block based programming on the computer,” Mrs. Gisondi says. “Now, they are ready to take what they’ve learned in those lessons and actually program their own Dash robot!”
But there’s one hitch: the robot requires an iPad to be programmed, and Mrs. Gisondi only has access to the school’s technology cart once a week. For students to work on their robot each school day, Mrs. Gisondi’s classroom will need its very own iPad, and as a result she’s turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase one along with an adapter and protective case.
“My students love creating their own algorithms and they will be so excited to see their programs actually run on our robots,” she says. “This classroom iPad will help to make computer science part of our day, every day!”
Please consider supporting Mrs. Gisondi’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.