Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9) is almost here. And thanks to the generosity of Ozobot, Dexter Industries, littleBits, and Wonder Workshop, over 100 classrooms that sign up to host an Hour of Code will be selected to receive robots or circuits for their class! Get ready to create!
I have created an hour of code activity sheet for classrooms to use to get started with coding. You can even do a GooseChase to make it even more fun!
Would you like to win a cool robot, CIRCUIT, STEM Materials OR More or your classroom?
SIGN UP FOR the hour of code
WHY SHOULD WE CODE?
1. Watch this video to find out why we should code.
2. Sign up to Get free Posters for your classroom
3. Show an inspirational video:
The original Code.org launch video, featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and NBA star Chris Bosh. (There are 1 minute, 5 minute, and 9 minute versions available) Find more inspirational resources and videos.
Flocabulary -Top reasons to code
What is Coding?
Most kids don’t know what computer science is.
Here are some ideas:
Explain it in a simple way that includes examples of applications that both boys and girls will care about (saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
Try: "Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”
Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more."
See tips for getting girls interested in computer science here.
View the activity sheet here
Download a Printable PDF the activity sheet here