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What do we do?

Bitstream Academy, LLC is an enrichment center that focuses on engineering, computer coding and robotics classes for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6. However, the classes focus on more than just technical skills. The aim of these classes is to combine technical skills with 21st Century Skills to prepare your child for a future in a digital world. 

What are 21st Century Skills and why is it important?

The term "21st-century skills" refers to a set of abilities and competencies that are considered crucial for success in the modern world, particularly in the context of the 21st century. These skills go beyond traditional academic subjects and focus on preparing individuals for the rapidly changing and interconnected global landscape.

The exact list of skills might vary slightly depending on different sources, but generally, 21st-century skills include:

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The ability to analyze information, evaluate situations, and develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

  2. Creativity: Thinking outside the box, generating new ideas, and finding novel approaches to challenges.

  3. Collaboration: Working effectively with others in diverse teams, respecting different perspectives, and contributing positively to group efforts.

  4. Communication: Expressing ideas clearly and effectively using a range of communication tools and mediums, including digital platforms.

  5. Information Literacy: The skill to find, evaluate, and effectively use information from various sources, especially in a digital and information-rich environment.

  6. Media Literacy: The ability to critically analyze and interpret various forms of media, including understanding biases, evaluating credibility, and recognizing misinformation.

  7. Digital Literacy: Competence in using digital technologies and tools, including understanding online etiquette, privacy, and security.

  8. Global Awareness: An understanding of global issues, cultures, and perspectives, and the ability to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds.

  9. Adaptability: Being open to change, willing to learn new skills, and effectively adapting to evolving circumstances.

  10. Initiative: Taking proactive steps to identify opportunities and solve problems without waiting for direction from others.

  11. Self-Direction: Being self-motivated and able to manage one's own learning and goals.

  12. Social and Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing one's own emotions, as well as empathizing and building positive relationships with others.

  13. Leadership: The ability to guide, inspire, and influence others to achieve common goals.

  14. Ethical Reasoning: Making ethical decisions by considering values, consequences, and societal implications.

  15. Analytical Thinking: Breaking down complex problems into manageable components and systematically analyzing information.

  16. Entrepreneurial Mindset: Having a mindset that values innovation, risk-taking, and the ability to identify and seize opportunities.

  17. Resilience: Bouncing back from setbacks, adapting to challenges, and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

  18. Cultural Competence: Being respectful and understanding of different cultural norms and practices.

  19. Environmental Literacy: Understanding environmental issues and practicing responsible stewardship of natural resources.

These skills are considered essential for success in a world where technological advancements, globalization, and evolving work environments require individuals to be adaptable, lifelong learners who can navigate complex situations and collaborate with diverse groups of people.

Benefits of enrichment classes that combine technical skills and 21st Century Skills?

Enrichment classes focused on teaching coding and 21st-century skills can provide several benefits that might not always be fully covered within the regular school curriculum. Here are some reasons why such additional classes are valuable:

1. Specialized Focus: Enrichment classes offer a more specialized and concentrated focus on specific skills like coding, digital literacy, and other 21st-century skills. This allows students to delve deeper into these subjects than they might be able to in a broader school curriculum.

2. Hands-on Experience: Many 21st-century skills, especially coding and technology-related skills, are best learned through hands-on experience. Enrichment classes often provide more opportunities for practical, experiential learning, which can lead to a better understanding and retention of concepts.

3. Individualized Learning: Enrichment classes can be tailored to the individual needs and interests of students. This flexibility allows students to progress at their own pace and explore areas that align with their strengths and passions.

4. Exploration of New Subjects: Some 21st-century skills, like coding, might not be extensively covered in traditional school curricula. Enrichment classes offer students the chance to explore new subjects that could be important for future careers and personal development.

5. Future Career Preparedness: Coding and other 21st-century skills are increasingly in demand in the job market. Enrichment classes can help students gain a competitive edge by providing practical skills that are directly applicable to various industries.

6. Creativity and Innovation: Enrichment classes often encourage creativity and innovation, which are essential components of 21st-century skills. Students are encouraged to think critically, problem-solve, and come up with new ideas in a supportive learning environment.

7. Smaller Class Sizes: Enrichment classes might have smaller class sizes compared to regular school classes. This can facilitate more individualized attention from instructors, leading to better understanding and engagement.

8. Exposure to Industry Experts: Enrichment programs bring in guest speakers or industry experts who can provide insights and real-world perspectives on how the skills being taught are applied in various fields.

9. Complementing School Curriculum: Enrichment classes can complement what students learn in school by providing a different angle on important skills. This can help reinforce learning and provide a more well-rounded education.

10. Flexibility in Schedule: Enrichment classes often have flexible schedules, allowing students to participate outside of regular school hours. This can accommodate students' other commitments and interests.


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