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.

CS Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

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.

CSforAll

CSforALL is a central resource for individuals and organizations interested in K-12 computer science (CS) education. We connect providers, schools and districts, funders, and researchers working toward the goal of providing quality CS education to every child in the United States.

Quantum

Build an entry-level computer game.

GEMS Clubs – Girls Exploring Math and Science

After-school GEMS clubs in elementary and middle schools all over the world serve over 10000 girls. Elementary and middle school teachers are usually the leaders, though parents and interested adults can also run clubs. We have developed a model for infusing CS into the existing STEM clubs by training leaders and exposing girls to basic computer science. This model includes choosing simple CS lessons and modelling the teaching of these lessons to the GEMS leaders. This has been extremely successful in engaging and retaining the interest of the members. We also are winners of an AspireIT NCWIT grant, operating a very successful online computer programming camp. GEMS is committed to encouraging girls to see themselves as future computer scientists.

Blockly Games

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages. Sample lesson plan: https://educators.brainpop.com/lesson-plan/computer-coding-lesson-plan-blockly-maze-game/

National Science Teacher Association

Colorado Association of Science Teachers: It’s CAST’s goal to support, stimulate, and improve science education for students of all ages in Colorado, so visit often and find out what’s happening in science education around the state. Some activities connecting computer science and science are listed.

Thingiverse

Thingiverse Education provides over a hundred free lessons that make teaching with a 3D printer easier and more effective for a variety of grade levels and subjects. It also provides a community where educators can exchange best practices or remix projects.

TEALS

Learning computer science empowers young people to compete in the global economy and pursue careers across all sectors because it teaches students computational thinking and problem solving skills applicable in any industry. TEALS is increasing access to CS education TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the US build and grow sustainable computer science programs. In its proven program, TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future. TEALS was started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, who developed and ran the program in his spare time, and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. Students want to learn computer science yet most high schools are unable to offer rigorous CS courses.