Our Story




Panucation provides engaging education for youth and adults, utilizing creative technology tools. We foster STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) champions in our schools, libraries and community.
Panucation also delivers unique professional development to teachers in their classrooms alongside their students.

Established as an Idaho nonprofit and an IRS designated 501(c)(3) entity.


Executive Director

Newton utilizes over 25 years of high tech Silicon Valley engineering experience as well as a MSEE/BSEE education to foster a passion for STEAM learning.

Since 2013, he has worked with a variety of educational sources to promote STEAM to teachers and their young students.  During this time he also engaged in community service at libraries within the Treasure Valley to introduce coding to students.

He left the high technology industry in 2018, in order to devote undivided attention to Panucation and establish it as a 501(c)(3) entity.


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Benefits of Code on the Road

Benefits to Participating Youth and Families

Code on the Road will foster emotional learning by providing students with a safe and supportive environment. We leverage the welcoming spaces of local community libraries trusted by attending families. 

Students can build confidence and resilience by tackling new challenges and overcoming obstacles in their coding projects. The perseverance acquired during these activities strengthens learning in many subjects, including mathematics and language skills. 

Code.org has highlighted six studies to show that studying computer science helps students outperform in school and college in the LinkedIn article CS helps students outperform in school, college, and workplace

Moreover, coding classes will allow students to explore their interests and passions via their projects, which can contribute to a sense of purpose and identity.

Professional Development for Librarians

Our summer program immediately benefits librarians/support staff as they participate in coding activities via informal professional development (PD). Each library has agreed to provide support during the events, which are specific opportunities to learn by doing, with the assurance that we’re there as subject matter experts. 

Multiple weekly sessions reinforce the knowledge gained by each library’s employees.This hands-on PD enables the local teams serving their community to host future STEM coding events more confidently.

We also view these events and the content material as the basis for a lasting partnership with each library as they share resources (event room, Wi-Fi/internet, laptops/Chromebooks) and, most importantly, their time.


Content for Librarians and Educators

Panucation will create and deliver instructional videos and a remix of content based on Getting Unstuck’s modules 1 (When Clicked) and 2 (Parallelism.) 

The nature of this pilot program allows us to revise the instructional content over the summer.  The resulting material will be a long-term public resource available to librarians and educators.

The general release of content is planned for September 2023.

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Class : Mars Pioneer


Students use block code to build an interplanetary story and game. Multi-themed projects include elements of storytelling, art, animation, music, and game design all in one. Projects emphasize creativity by encouraging students to build their unique stories each day.

Intermediate Level course is suitable for students familiar with block coding.

Class Levels:  Intro for Ages 7-12, Intermediate for Ages 9-12 Prerequisite for Intermediate: My First Intro to Coding! or previous course

1. Design Your Journey

Tell your story. Who’s going, create/draw your ship, prepare Perseverance for launch.

2. Launch & Transit

 Animating departure from Earth and through space. Is there an imposter on board?!

3: Land & Explore

Create a game to land on target. Explore and decide what (or who) you’ll find.

4: Drone Time

Launch the drone, Ingenuity, and create your scrolling background effect as it flies.

5: Should I stay or should I go?

How does your story end, or does it continue to the next chapter?

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn to connect online, screen share, use chat to communicate with Coach and fellow students (on-line collaboration via Zoom)
  • Learn fundamentals of computer science using Scratch
  • Multi-day projects include integrated elements of storytelling, art, animation, music, and game design.

For 4th to 7th grade classes, there are additional learning outcomes:

  • Students add depth to their creations with additional project coding.
  • Intermediate level classes cover material faster to allow for more coding depth to projects
1 Week
7 - 8 (2nd - 3rd grades)
9 - 12 (4th - 7th grades)
Five 60 minute sessions
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