Pioneered by the California nonprofit MV GATE, Family Code Night is a whole-school family event that ignites coding and computer science learning at any elementary school and in any family. The program engages K–5 children and their parents or guardians in the experience of doing their first hour of computer programming together in an early evening special school program. The puzzles teach the basics of computer logic as parents and students create lines of code by dragging and dropping commands such as move forward or turn left to move pieces on a game board. In one of the challenges, for example, the code enables an Angry Bird to corral a Bad Pig. MV GATE has developed an Event Kit that shows any school, organization, or parent volunteer how to put on the event—from invitations to posters, program script to handouts, and much more. The kit is being offered free of charge to any elementary school in America via the event and volunteer-organizing platform of SignUp.com.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.
CodeScty is an interactive learning experience designed to introduce young people to computational thinking and coding concepts through a cultural lens that they are familiar with. CodeScty’s tech-forward music education platform includes original hip-hopmusic, videos, and experiential learning activities to teach computer science principles and computational thinking to seventh- and eighth-grade students who are underrepresented in STE(A)M.
Registration for the 2021–2022 season is now open for all FIRST programs—preK–grade 12. Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in an engaging, inclusive, and creative classroom or afterschool learning environment where students work collaboratively to solve an annual robotics challenge.