EIS and BSD Partner to Bring 21st Century Skills to San Diego Youth
New partnership with the Elementary Institute of Science and BSD Education to address the rising importance of delivering coding and other digital skills to San Diego students.
Philadelphia, PA (June 16, 2021) — Recognizing the need to provide San Diego students with 21st century skills and coding instruction, the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) and BSD Education have announced a partnership to integrate digital skills so students are better prepared for our digital world.
The new partnership will allow EIS to use BSD’s platform to supply tech education, such as website design and game/app development, to students that would otherwise not receive these vital skills.
“The innovative and creative learning environment EIS is building is truly special,” said Bradford Stein, VP of Business Development, North America. “By providing their students an outlet to learn digital skills while simultaneously strengthening their creative thinking abilities, EIS is offering a unique opportunity for the youth in San Diego.”
For EIS, the chance to integrate digital skills with BSD in their Steps-2-STEM after-school program opens the door for a diverse range of students to become more familiar with how technology around them works, how it can be an outlet for creative self-expression, and also provide inspiration to pursue careers in tech.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with BSD Education to give our students a world-class tool that will allow them to grow their digital skills in a way that will set them up for future success,” said Jim Stone, Executive Director at EIS. “Our students will now have the opportunity to explore this fascinating world of coding and tech education in a way that will foster growth as learners and as people.”
BSD Education is an international education partner that designs, develops and delivers programs of learning for digital skills, empowering teachers to bring real-world technology education to every classroom regardless of experience or subject taught.
EIS is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing lifelong opportunities for students of southeast San Diego through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. EIS offers after-school and day-camp programs covering topics such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, and more. EIS’s mission is to inspire a love of science that creates opportunity for diverse children and youth.
“With this partnership, EIS will not only be able to integrate important tech education, but they will also provide students with social-emotional learning and critical thinking skills necessary for any career,” said Stein. “We view this partnership as just the beginning for providing these critical life skills for students in San Diego and we’re excited to be taking action to accomplish this alongside EIS.”
An important aspect of EIS’s programs is to expand access to high quality tech education, something that will be made available through the partnership with BSD. With their after-school, weekend and school partnership programs, EIS aims to provide STEM experiences that foster critical thinking and technical skills that encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
“This partnership with BSD will help level the playing field for many students who haven’t been introduced to these increasingly more important digital skills,” said Stone. “Closing the digital divide is about more than hardware; it’s about creating digital literacy for everyone and this partnership will help make this happen.”
ABOUT BSD (BUILD SOMETHING DIFFERENT) EDUCATION
BSD Education designs, develops and delivers programs of learning for digital skills, enabling teachers to bring real world technology education to every classroom. This is achieved by providing a project-based technology curriculum for 8-18 year olds that is delivered through an online learning platform with comprehensive training and year round support available. Programs are mapped to a range of international standards and can be implemented immediately by teachers with no prior technology experience. With curriculum for technology courses, all core subjects, career related study and after school and technology camps, BSD can be used by all teachers to give their students the essential technology skills and mindsets to succeed in the future. To stay connected, “Like”, “Follow” and “Share” #BSDeducation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
The Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) is a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring a love of science and creating opportunity for diverse children and youth through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Our after-school, weekend and school partnership programs broaden access to quality STEM experiences, foster critical thinking, expand technical skills, and encourage students to pursue STEM careers.