Code.org is tapping the power of the force to reach more young people, especially girls. Riding anticipation for next month’s opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, students can take a one-hour tutorial from Princess Leia or Rey on how to build their own Star Wars games and program the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8. The tutorial, created in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, is called Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code. It teaches logic and problem solving through basic computerprogramming. Students can write code that helps Rey, the movie’s heroine, scavenge in a starship graveyard or guide BB-8 through a space mission. Or they can create a Pac-Man-like game in which C-3PO is chased by storm troopers, or a game of tag in which R2-D2 tries to catch mouse droids that keep multiplying. Short video lectures from a senior R&D engineer working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a senior creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering guide students through the lessons. The games that students build can be played on smartphones and shared with friends and family. The Star Wars tutorial will be available starting November 16. The final version of the tutorial will be available on December 7 as Code.org kicks off the third annual Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, and now applying is easier than ever: first create an account (so you can be notified if you win); then provide your school information in the online form; and finally answer two simple questions. That’s it. You have applied for a chance to win a share of $3 million for your classroom!
The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is an online tournament for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, coding, robotics, and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools, and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the gamelike competition.
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.