The building blocks of computer science and coding are becoming increasingly more important to understand in today’s world of ever-evolving technology. Luckily, Google has created a program called CS First that is a free and easy to use program designed for teachers to expose students to computer science through in and after-school clubs. The best part? No experience is necessary!
CS First aims to provide 4th-8th graders access to computer science education and increase their comfortability around computers. Clubs can be run for several days or weeks at a time and there are a wide range of themes such as storytelling, animation, sports, game design, music, etc. The curriculum is set up so that each club has eight projects within the chosen theme that help students build a basic foundation of computer science knowledge. There are also sample activities you can try out before signing up for a specific project theme.
The program provides teachers all the training and materials needed to begin and run a club. Once teachers have the students and access to computers, internet, and headphones- they are ready to start! Teachers can set up their club online, then CS First will give the teacher the curriculum and materials and the teacher is then free to organize the club how they see fit.
With over 700,000 users, CS First is an effective and user-friendly way to begin teaching students the important concepts of computer science and how to use technology to as a tool of creation and innovation.
And check out how CS First has already impacted a school district in Los Angeles!