We start with the Hour of Code. Computer Science is the most rapidly growing STEM field. According to Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, "Although only 10 percent of schools teach computer science, even one hour of exposure can be enough to change a student’s life, as it did mine. In the 21st century, this isn’t just a course you study to get a job in software — it’s important to learn even if you want to be a nurse, a journalist, an accountant, a lawyer or even a president."
This is why we’ve incorporated an Hour of Code™ into our STEAMbuilding curricula. Our first class students will choose from Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, or Angry Birds to learn the concept of object-oriented programming. Enticing students with characters and themes they know and love will stimulate their brains and open their minds to how exciting it is to learn this important skill.
Once students learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming with the Hour of Code, we will introduce Scratch (a project of the MIT Media Lab). students will be able to let their imaginations run wild in this multimedia adventure. They will create their own interactive story using drag-and-drop programming basics. students will have a blast and use their writing skills and creativity as they learn how to program their own stories, games, and animations, as well as how to share their creations on the web. They will also take home a copy of their programming successes at the end of the week. This could be the start of something BIG!
In addition to learning to code, this activity station will also teach internet safety to protect our kids from:
- Exposure to inappropriate material
- Online predators
- Revealing too much personal information