Computer Science Education Week is always one of our favorite times of year at Codesters. It’s wonderful to see computer science education take the spotlight and to see showcased all the great work teachers and schools are doing!
One of the signature activities during Computer Science Education Week is Hour of Code. Hour of Code is an awareness activity, usually lasting a period or two, in which students are exposed to coding and computer science, often for the first time. It’s been instrumental to raising the profile of computer science in school communities. Codesters offers a variety of activities for teacher and schools to use in their classrooms. These include:
- Dance Moves – Design your own dance routine and program a sprite to perform it!
- Turtle Drawing – Guide the turtle out of a maze and create spiral art!
- Winter Greetings – Create your own greeting card to celebrate winter!
We’re also proud to announce that Codesters has also been added to the curriculum list of Code.org, one of the key organizations behind the Hour of Code nationwide. We have a lot of respect for the amazing advocacy work Code.org has done and are excited to be included on their list.
School funding is often far too tight, even for programs that teach invaluable 21st century skills like coding and computer science. Donors Choose is an innovative platform that addresses critical gaps in funding by enabling teachers and administrators to start crowdfunding campaigns to raise money for worthwhile programs without having to go through the school budget rigmarole.
Codesters always strives to be affordable – starting at just $10 per student – and now teachers can bring coding to their classrooms with the help of Donors Choose. And, for the first 20 Donors Choose projects that fundraise for a classroom set of Codesters curriculum, Codesters will match dollar-for-dollar any funds that are raised. A classroom set of 30 licenses to Intro to Coding in Python part 1 is $250 on Donors Choose, which means that the first 20 teachers who raise $125 can start teaching coding right away.
We are proud to be on Donors Choose, a platform that has been filling in the budgetary gaps for educators for years. Learn more about Donors Choose, or get started with your Codesters Donors Choose project, here. (Note: when you are creating your Donors Choose project you will find Codesters in the AKJ Education catalog.)
And please support Donors Choose projects to bring Codesters to schools by going to our Donors Choose Giving Page.
Also, check out our great Codesters’ activities for Hour of Code, happening in schools and homes globally during Computer Science Week December 5-11, 2016.