CS Fundamentals (K-5)

Organization: Code.org

Format: 6 courses, 20 1-hr lessons integrated across K-5 curriculum

Description: Students learn CS fundamentals by creating computer games

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Plan: 1-day in-person PD and school year support

Cost to School: PD/Curriculum costs waived

Computer Access: Occasional student access

Unique Benefits:

  • Free curriculum and online learning platform

  • Blends online, self-guided tutorials with unplugged activities

  • Alignment with CSTA CS standards and ISTE standards


Creative Computing with Scratch Jr (K - 2)

Organization: Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab

Format: 6 units integrated into existing curriculum  

Description: Students use a drag and drop programming language to code, create, and share interactive stories, animations, games, music, and more as they learn problem solving and other fundamental CS concepts.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 2 half-days and 1 full-day in-person PD (12+ hours), plus school year support

Cost to School: PD costs waived for eligible educators.

Computer Access: Access for all students (primarily tablets and Chromebooks)

Unique Benefits:

  • Introduction to ScratchJr's cross curricula resources, Dash robotics, strategies for classroom implementation and integration

  • Includes training on Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF) curriculum

  • Tablets & Chromebooks


Creative Computing with Scratch (3 - 5)

Organization: Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab

Format: The format is flexible and will vary dependent on the course where Scratch is being integrated. More than 30 class projects are available to choose from.

Description: Students use Scratch a drag and drop programming language to code, create and share interactive stories, animations, games, art, music, and more as they learn problem solving and other fundamental CS concepts, practices and perspectives across the curriculum.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 4 full-days and school-year follow-up Meetups school year support and 1 full-day of CS fundamentals (35+ hours).

Cost to School: PD costs waived for eligible educators.

Computer Access: Access for all students (Tablet accessibility coming soon)

Unique Benefits:

  • Introduction to SCRATCH across curricula resources, strategies for classroom implementation and integration

  • Includes full-day training on Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF) curriculum

  • Computers and Chromebooks (Tablet & phone accessibility coming fall 2018)


Launch (K-5)

Organization: Project Lead The Way

Format: 80 hours of CS content integrated across grades K-5. In addition
to the CS curriculum, access is available to all 24 STEM modules.

Description:

PLTW’s entire K-12 CS experience involves interdisciplinary learning, exposing students not only to computer science, but to various disciplines and subjects, helping them understand how computer science relates to the world around them.

Teacher Profile:  No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 2-day training for Classroom Teacher

Cost to School: Professional Development $500 per teacher (access to
all 24 modules) and school Annual Participation Fee $750 per school.

Computer Access: Access for all students & unplugged activities as well.

Unique Benefits:

  • Engages students in collaborative projects that develop in-demand computer science knowledge, creative thinking and communication.

  • Curriculum aligned to CSTA, Common Core Math and ELA standards
    & NGSS.