Computer Science & Computational Thinking

CS Fundamentals: Grades K-5

This free, one-day professional development workshop provides participants with knowledge and confidence in teaching computer science basics and experience using online and "unplugged" computer science activities. No previous experience is necessary, and participants leave with a bound paper copy of the CS Fundamentals curriculum guide as well as a link to order free teaching materials.

The CS Fundamentals curriculum consists of CSTA standards-aligned courses for K-5 students that build upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. This allows you to use the same course at any grade level for all students, regardless of their experience. There is also a CS Fundamentals Express that combines the best of the elementary courses and is appropriate for middle and high school students.

Questions? 
Call: 717-606-1809
 
 

CS First with Google: Grades 4-8

CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science curriculum materials that engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8. Facilitators use the video content to teach kids coding basics with Scratch, a block-based coding tool. 

Anyone can teach CS First - no computer science experience needed! The CS First kit includes lesson plans and solution sheets for the teacher, as well as fun passports and stickers for the students.
 

Questions? 
Email: IU13 STEM Team
Call: 717-606-1809
 

 

Beauty and Joy of Computing: Grades 9-12

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an AP Computer Science Principles compliant curriculum. It emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and apps, balanced with critical reflection on both the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. BJC has a strong design and programming focus, using the visual programming language Snap! and a collaborative, exploratory approach where students work in teams to bring their own unique creations to life.

Questions? 
Email: IU13 STEM Team
Call: 717-606-1809

 

CS for Administrators and Counselors

This free professional development workshop provides participants with an understanding of the importance of computer science education and strategies for increasing computer science access for all students. Participants will engage with CSTA standards and CS lessons, discuss barriers for implementation and recruitment, and set goals for expanding CS within their school and district.
Questions?
Email: IU13 STEM Team
Call: 717-606-1809