Code.org CS Discoveries Summer Workshop

Code.org‘s Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science curriculum geared toward grade 6-10 students of all skill levels. 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. CS Discoveries also provides a flexible teaching framework, allowing its lessons and projects to be taught in a single semester, two semesters over multiple years, or as a full-year course.

Come discovery the many ways CS Discoveries can help your students grow as CS learners during this year’s summer cohort!

Hosted in partnership with Code.org, this year’s cohort will take place July 25-29, 2022, in Arlington Heights, IL, at the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Arlington Heights/South. Through scholarships, first-time participants may be able to attend at little-to-no cost. Those that take part in the full program have the chance to earn up to 59 PD hours. In addition to this multi-day event, four quarterly workshops will be held over the course of the following year to provide curriculum users just-in-time support and an opportunity to assess their progress.

Computer Science Discoveries Summer Cohort – Chicagoland

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.

CS Discoveries can be flexibly taught as a single semester, two semesters over multiple years, or as a full-year course. Options are even available for less than one semester. Our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.  More information about Code.org CS Principles is available on Code.org.

Attendee: New computer science teacher

Workshop Length: A year-long program includes a one-week summer workshop, 4 days of follow up workshops and online support.

Registration Process: Attendees must apply to be part of the CS Discoveries cohort. Application details are available on the links below.

Fee: $1200 per teacher. Scholarships are available through the application process and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to attend the program at no cost, attendees must meet ONE of the following criteria: 

  • The participant’s school has students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science where the rate is ≥ 50%. 
  • The participant’s school is non-rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥50%. 
  • The participant’s school is rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥40%. 

As you know, planning for the upcoming summer is full of uncertainty. We plan to hold our summer workshops in-person (in both Springfield and Chicagoland) unless restrictions due to COVID-19 force the sessions to be held virtually.

Computer Science Discoveries Summer Cohort – Springfield

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.

CS Discoveries can be flexibly taught as a single semester, two semesters over multiple years, or as a full-year course. Options are even available for less than one semester. Our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.  More information about Code.org CS Principles is available on Code.org.

Attendee: New computer science teacher

Workshop Length: A year-long program includes a one-week summer workshop, 4 days of follow up workshops and online support.

Registration Process: Attendees must apply to be part of the CS Discoveries cohort. Application details are available on the links below.

Fee: $1200 per teacher. Scholarships are available through the application process and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to attend the program at no cost, attendees must meet ONE of the following criteria: 

  • The participant’s school has students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science where the rate is ≥ 50%. 
  • The participant’s school is non-rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥50%. 
  • The participant’s school is rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥40%. 

As you know, planning for the upcoming summer is full of uncertainty. We plan to hold our summer workshops in-person (in both Springfield and Chicagoland) unless restrictions due to COVID-19 force the sessions to be held virtually.

The LTC joins Code.org as the newest Regional Partner

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois —  January 13, 2020 — The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is proud to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Code.org to bring computer science to Illinois educators through professional development events, support, and advocacy. 

Code.org is dedicated to expanding computer science access and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. One of the major components to achieving their mission is through their rich computer science curriculums and programs that will be available to Illinois teachers, including their year-long Code.org Discoveries (6-8) and Principles (9-12) programs and CS Fundamentals (K-12) workshops. 

Applications for this year’s Code.org Discoveries and Principles professional learning programs are open. Participation in the full year-long programs 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. 

“Our partnership with Code.org allows us to substantially grow the effort to bring quality computer science learning experiences to students in the state. In the last year, the LTC provided professional learning to over 4,000 educators, including in the area of computer science, and becoming a Code.org regional partner allows the LTC to more directly address a growing need for K-12 computer science resources and training. By capitalizing on the high quality, free Code.org curriculum and training provided by our organizations, schools have an easy entry point into the realm of computer science,” said Tim McIlvain, LTC Director.

For more information on Code, please visit ltcillinois.org/code and be sure to follow the LTC (@ltcillinois) and Code.org (@teachcode) to stay up to date on all our events and resources.

About Learning Technology Center
The Learning Technology Center is an Illinois State Board of Education program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities. To learn more, visit http://ltcillinois.org or follow us on twitter @ltcillinois.