The Walden Middle School Project
HTML and Java will soon replace French and Japanese as a second language. That is one of the many reasons why we feel so drawn to our latest client, Walden Private Middle School of Gulfport, Florida. We were so deeply impressed by Walden’s vision for their students and philosophy on education that we decided our only course of action could be to build their entire website Pro Bono! At 3ative Arts we are always looking for ways to give back to our community and what better way than to invest in the youth of our sister city: Gulfport Florida. Walden’s site will be a 12 month artistic evolution in progress, no small feat by any measure, but we decided to embark on this educational journey because we wanted to help Walden build a future for the children of Tampa Bay Florida. Walden Private Middle School is exclusive, not only because of the unique way they approach learning, but also because they plan to phase in a technology focused environment and curriculum. More plainly put, show me a middle school that teaches kids to code computer programs and I will show you a middle school that is laying the foundation for its students to be successful in the real world.
The world of technology and computers is constantly evolving. It never gets any easier and as we move into the future, careers become more heavily focused on technology. In 2024 you might be ordering your McDonald’s Big Mac from a robot when the only jobs at McDonald’s will be the folks who code the robot’s programs and maintain their operation. In the future there might not be any jobs flipping burgers and the only jobs that McDonald’s could have available would be programming and coding! Seems hard to imagine now, but in 1980 cell phones were the size of library books, weighed as much as a brick and people still used typewriters instead of word processing programs. Think about how far the Internet and Sir Tim Berners Lee has taken us in just 10 years! For those not up to speed, Sir Tim Berners Lee is the British Computer Scientist who actually invented the World Wide Web in 1989. The Internet changed everything and technology has been evolving at the speed of light since its inception.
The educational program Walden will be implementing in phases over the next few years, will arm children right out of the gate to be competitive in newly emerging fields of information technology. Think of coding and programming as a language, because it is. What if Java or HTML 5 was your child’s “Second Language” instead of Spanish or French? Could Spanish and French help them get a job in the world of Information Technology? It certainly could, but children who elect and learn a technology based “Second Language” from an early age will be light years ahead of children who would have to learn coding and programming in college. The best time to learn a second language is in one’s youth and if you think it’s any different from Japanese or German you couldn’t be more wrong. Children’s minds are like a literal sponge, soaking up knowledge and processing environmental data at crucial stages in their mental and emotional development. Think it can’t be done? Walden has already begun empowering their students to think beyond pencil and paper, and to dive into the world of coding! Right now, today, there are children who can code simple programs and are beginning to grasp the basic concepts of coding languages. A child who becomes familiar with HTML 5 or Java in middle school will easily adapt to and excel at the more complex languages of the future!
We couldn’t be happier to help Walden gain recognition and momentum in our local community and 3ative Arts of Tampa Bay looks forward to hiring the future graduates of Walden Private Middle School to code, develop and SEO the websites of the future!
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Check out Walden Private Middle School’s new 3ative Arts website @ the link: walden.education/