Next week (December 5-11, 2016) is Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week)!
One way to get involved is through Hour of Code. You may have heard of it through our presentation at ITAG, our Twitter, or some other means. Last year, 590,000 Iowans tried an hour of code (or more!), and this year Code Iowa is in its third year of a partnership with Code.org to generate more interest and participation in Iowa. Visit the Hour of Code website to learn more about how to teach an Hour of Code, how to promote your event, and to find activities to fill your Hour of Code and beyond! You can also register your event and find local volunteers who can inspire your students by visiting your classroom in-person or remotely. Share pictures of your event using #CodeIowa or @IowaSTEM (and share them with the Belin-Blank Center using @belinblank)! By participating in Hour of Code, your school and/or organization can become “Certified Code Iowa Partners” and gain access to free CS trainings in 2017. Find out more at www.iowastem.gov/CodeIowa.
So you have a plan for your Hour of Code; how else can you participate in CSEd Week?
- Advocate for computer science education in your school or district. Don’t forget, IOAPA offers CS courses for students in grades 6-12!
- Check out the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s tips for getting girls involved in computer science.
- Share the importance of CS education with parents, educators, administrators, and community partners. This article discusses reasons to teach kids tech skills.
- Visit the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council website to learn more about Code Iowa and other STEM initiatives in Iowa.
What are your plans for CSEd Week? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @kflanaryIOAPA