Kicking Off Computer Science Education Week 2021!

Today kicks off Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and you don’t have to be a computer whiz to participate. Check out some activities and events to celebrate as well as ways to give back to local computer science educators.

What is Computer Science Education Week?

While 90% of parents want their child to study computer science, only 47% of high schools teach it. Not only that, the majority of students like learning computer science. Even though many high schools are under equipped to teach computer science, there are out-of-school programs, at-home activities, and ways parents and students can advocate for computer science education.

Computer Science Education Week (December 6th-10th) is an annual call to action to meet the need for more computer science education for K-12 students. It also advocates for equity in computer science education and celebrates the contributions of teachers, students, and partners to the field.

Digi-Bridge is a proud supporter of Computer Science Education Week annually. We especially resonate with their commitment to social justice and the need to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. We hope you take time to reflect on how computer science impacts your everyday life as well as the ways you can promote computer science education through activities, events, and giving back!

Activities and Events to Celebrate 

A great way to celebrate Computer Science Education week is to do computer science activities at home or attend the virtual events going on during the week of December 6th-10th.

Doing computer science activities with your kids can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to code yourself–but they don’t have to be. These 3 activities are fun, free, and easy for everyone to understand:

  • Future Me Poster: Computer science is one of the fastest growing professions–and coding skills can help kids who want to go into almost any career field, including the arts, medicine, and more. This poster activity allows children to envision their future selves, how they can make a positive impact on the world, and how computer science can help!
  • Hour of Code: Code.org has a variety of free programs for students to learn how to code. One of their most popular programs is Hour of Code where students can use basic coding skills in a variety of fun games, such as to help Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Frozen!
  • CS Hero Posters: Want to learn more about famous computer scientists and role models for future computer engineers and programmers? Check out this awesome poster collection and share it with your kids!

There’s also some fantastic virtual events throughout the week. Check out these three events which are fun for the whole family:

  • Build Your Own CS Advo-Kit: This virtual event invites educators to think of how they can advocare for computer science education in the classroom. By the end of this lively panel discussion, teachers will walk away with an advo-kit so they can advocate for computer science education for all! If you’d like to attend this event, mark your calendars for December 8th at 7:00pm EST and register online.
  • If/Then Ambassadors Panel: If/Then offers a free collection of resources to help girls pursue STEM careers. This panel introduces women working in the field of computer science and allows girls to explore the If/Then Resources to jumpstart their STEM career dreams. If you’d like to attend this event, mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 7th at 11:00am PST (2:00pm EST) and sign up for this Zoom.
  • Five FIRST-Inspired Classroom Activities: if you’re a teacher who would like to celebrate computer science education week in the classroom, consider these five free events from FIRST Inspires:
    • Monday – The FIRST Kahoot on Computer Science for students of all ages
    • Tuesday – A 2021 Hour of Code event on Code.org.
    • Wednesday – Lesson 2 from the First @ Home curriculum series
    • Thursday – Lesson 8 from the FIRST @ Home curriculum series
    • Friday – Watch a Galactic Builders episode about VR. Afterwards, students can brainstorm their own VR story!

Give Back to Computer Science Educators 

If you want to support computer science education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area, consider a holiday gift for a computer science educator. Check out three amazing educators’ wishlists and consider supporting them:

LaTasha Monford, K-5 technology Instructor

I have been teaching in CMS for 19 years and I have been teaching technology for the past 4 years to K- 5 at Highland Renaissance Academy. In my technology classes, the students begin learning the basics on how the internet and computers work. In addition to teaching, I am also responsible for all things technical in our building, assigning, and repairing our CMS devices. I thoroughly enjoy teaching our CMS students about technology and the careers and places that technology can take them.

Amazon List
LEGO Series 16 Minifigures Blind Bag(2)
LEGO Minifigures Series 12 (2)
Creative QT MakerBase -Peel-and-Stick Building Blocks Baseplates 10”x10” for All Major Brands of Toy Building Sets, Sturdy Stacking Blocks Table Base, Building Bricks Play Table Top 4pk (2)
LEGO Classic Creator Fun 11011 Bricks and Animals

You can buy any of LaTasha’s items on the Digi-Bridge wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3ANBNX0J682XD?ref_=wl_share

Warnesa Rolle, K-6 Technology Instructor

My teaching career began as a special education teacher. During this time, I was intrigued by the use of technology and how it was able to engage and provide individualized learning for students. My interest in technology led me to study learning, design, and technology. I am currently a K-6 Instructional technology teacher at Devonshire Elementary. The learning landscape of today’s learner is constantly evolving with the advancements of technology. The need for 21st-century skills is of paramount importance for student success. I endeavor to continue to meet these challenges with research-based best practices to refine and support the process.

Shopping Wish List:
Raspberry Pi student kits
Scratch Coding cards
Amazon gift card

You can buy any of Warnesa’s items on the Digi-Bridge wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3ANBNX0J682XD?ref_=wl_share

Torie Leslie
Governors’ Village STEM Academy Upper 6th – 8th Career and Technical Education: PLTW – Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics

The 2021-2022 school year marks my 18th year in education. I serve as a STEM educator because I believe that all scholars deserve the opportunity to experience STEM curriculum as STEM jobs continue to be on the rise. My favorite thing about teaching technology subjects, especially in middle school, is the opportunity to help a student uncover a talent they didn’t know they had and then to watch and support them as they develop that talent into a useful part of their lives.

Torie’s Amazon Wish List Link:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/4BZ6GEx?ref_=wl_share

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