Doctoral Candidate Brings Computer Programming to Local Elementary School

April 29, 2014 — Maxwell Henderson, doctoral candidate in physics, started a program to teach K-8 students at Philadelphia’s Southwark School the basics of computer science in a fun, intuitive way. The Southwark Code Dragons program was the result of this endeavor and, with the help of the school's principal Andrew Lukov and computer teacher Michael Berstein, students have had the opportunity to experiment and play in the world of computer programming.

Henderson’s program was recently awarded a two-year, $20,000 grant award from Children Can Shape the Future, a Philadelphia-based foundation. These funds will be used not only to help grow the Southwark Code Dragons program, but also to help the entire school make learning computer code a priority, thus promoting STEM fields and giving the students an invaluable advantage in a competitive future marketplace.