Making quality tech education more accessible and available to high school students

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We believe that everyone should have access to high‑quality tech education, regardless of where they live or go to school.

Thousands of Missouri high school students would like to take a high‑quality computer science course as part of their core learning requirements. Unfortunately, many schools lack access to an affordable computer science curriculum or staff who feel confident teaching it. Through LaunchCode’s LCHS Pilot Program, teachers are receiving training from LaunchCode and UMSL to prepare them as computer science instructors.

The pilot program encompasses the creation, deployment, and evaluation of reconfigured curriculum from our renowned job‑focused program to fit a two semester high school schedule and meet state curriculum standards set forth in 2018’s STEM Education bill (HB3). High school teachers from nine St. Louis public, private, and charter schools are training with hands‑on coding skills, technological pedagogy, and coding curriculum lesson planning to provide accessible education for their junior and senior year high school students in the 2020‑21 school year. All of this is provided free of charge to students, teachers, and schools.

LCHS Training Pilot: How It Works

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We Train Teachers

First, teachers will complete a section of self‑guided education supported by LaunchCode, followed by full‑time in‑person training to develop their own coding curriculum for their students.

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Teachers Train Students

When training is complete, teachers go on to teach their new curriculum to students in their high school classrooms with continuing support from LaunchCode education staff.

Participating Schools

Confluence Academy
Gateway STEM

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