Computer Science Legislative Brief (1.0, 12/3/21)

In anticipation of Illinois’ forthcoming K-12 computer science learning standards, the LTC has created a 1-page legislative brief summarizing each district’s obligations under the new curricular mandates. In this brief, you’ll also find links and citations to the relevant, codified legislation, making it easier to further your understanding of these laws and how you’ll fulfill their requirements in your district.

This version was published December 3, 2021. The content included herein is subject to change pending final guideline release and further guidance from ISBE.

Finch Robot

The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old. Finch interacts with over 12 different programming languages. 1 Finch costs $99

BeeBot

The new Bee-Bot App from TTS Group has been developed based on our well-loved, award-winning Bee-Bot floor robot. The app makes use of Bee-Bot’s keypad functionality and enables children, 4 and up, to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns.

Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop’s robots, which include Dash and Dot, are ready to go, right out of the box. These responsive robots are packed full of capabilities that allow them to interact with students, their environment, and each other thanks to their multiple built-in motors, sensors, LEDs and audio capabilities. No Assembly Required: Our robots are truly easy to implement and include five free apps, which include in-app puzzles and challenges, across all subject areas. Grows With Your Students: Easy for beginners in kindergarten, and then scaffolds learning to higher grades through meaningful curricular and educational programs. Support of 21st Century Skills: Our robots encourage students to continue building critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills for tomorrow’s job market. Bring coding to life with Robotics for All Our products and apps teach students from kindergarten on up how to code, and with our five, free apps, students tackle a series of challenges and in-app puzzles that introduce the fundamental concepts of coding. Our unique Wonder app uses state machine programming and an original visual design to advance young students’ understanding of computer science. The Blockly app uses the most kid-friendly block based coding on the market to introduce students to programming. And Swift Playgrounds from Apple now powers Dash! Wonder Workshop has thoughtfully designed their product for education and introducing computer science concepts with our youngest students in mind, while allowing complex programming to occur to keep the oldest of students challenged and engaged.

Dash and Dot

Coding and robotics for elementary and middle school. Our curriculum makes it easy to integrate coding into school day. We provide scaffolding to guide beginners as well as extensions to challenge more experienced coders.

Hummingbird Robot

Robotics and coding kits for 8-12 students under $300. Great flexibility. Produced by Carnegie-Mellon. Hummingbirds are used in 3rd grade to 12th grade arts, science, engineering, and history classes; curriculum, resources and training (out of state or online) available, all are in alignment with Common Core (CC) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Many project ideas.