The Importance of Coding with our Kids-Celebrating Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9-15 Vol 6

Our Posterity = Our Children

Enhancing our children's S.T.E.A.M education is imperative to their success and will help them become innovators of the future.

S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Computer programming falls in line with these concepts because learning to code will help children improve their:

Creativity

Critical Thinking

Independent Thinking

Brainstorming

Problem solving

Teamwork

Computer Science Education week

CSEd week was established to bring awareness to the the importance of Computer Science Education. It began in 2009 with the goal of integrating computer science and other STEM principles into the K-12 education core curriculum. In 2013, Code.org was the organizer of the event and structured that week around a new theme, "Hour of Code." It reached over 15 million students and produced over 35,000 events across 67 countries.

According to the CSEd week website, two years later, The Hour of Code reached 100 million "hours served" making the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week the largest education campaign in history.

Programming then:

Programming now:


The dates decided to hold CSED week was in recognition of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's birthday (December 9, 1906). Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Rear Admiral.

Achievements

  • Worked on the Mark I, a computer used in the war effort in the last part of WWII.

  • One of the first programmers to invent a program that converted English terms into machine code.

  • Awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991

  • Awarded the National Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award in the U.S) award after her death in 1992.

Science

Technology

Engineering Let's Code

Art

Math

Our children don't need a computer to learn how to code. Below are a list of unplugged" activities from Code.org that allow students to step away from a screen and still be able to sharpen their computer programming skills!


Conditionals with Cards

Even though your children may not understand the work conditionals, they will understand the idea of using if to make sure something happens when it should.

Materials

  • Deck of playing cards

  • Pencil and paper

Dice Race

In this activity your students will practice using algorithm to explain how to play a game of dice!


Materials

  • Pair of Dice

  • Paper and Pencil


Binary Bracelets

Students will code their name using binary code and create a fun bracelet to wear!


Materials

  • wooden beads

  • string or jewelry wire

  • jewelry clasps


Binary Images


Students will create their own binary alphabet to encode an image that will be decoded by their partner


Materials

  • Pencil or colored pencils

  • worksheet provided on website


For more "unplugged" activities visit Code.org or Hour of Code.com !

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