Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 – 10th grade students. Mapped to CTSA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems.
The Learning Technology Center, in partnership with Code.org, are offering Computer Science Discoveries and Principles professional learning programs to Illinois educators at low or no cost to develop the capacity and expertise of computer science educators throughout the state.
A limited number of additional scholarships are available to Illinois teachers from schools with a minimum free and reduced lunch rate of 50% (non-rural) or 40% (rural), or has a minimum underrepresented minority rate of 50%. Otherwise, the program costs is only $425 per teacher. That’s 86% off the national cost thanks to generous support from the Learning Technology Center and Code.org.
Participation in the full year-long program includes teaching materials, workshop supplies, nine days of professional development, and meals during workshops. Professional learning will occur during a week in the summer and four follow-up days throughout the school year. Additional travel costs are not covered and are the responsibility of the school or district.