This summer I'm teaching computer science (coding) to second and third graders at the NYC Department of Education Summer STEM School. It's a free program, with entrance by lottery. The kids have been learning engineering concepts, robotics, coding, and mind-body wellness in gym.
I've been amazed at what my colleagues are teaching the students. As our director wrote us, the programs we are using in elementary school include:
Tynker is also available through FAMIS for schools to purchase. I've taught courses from Code.org and done the hour of code through Code.org. Both Tynker and Code.org have very well-thought out programs. The designers made the interfaces easy to use and the students really understand the concepts I'm teaching them.
One of my students coded in Tynker an animated joke, one of the lessons in Tynker, and the kids were amazed at how they could write the program for each of the actors. To see that type of wonderment, enthusiasm, and motivation to code, especially in young girls and my minority students, is fulfilling and motivating for me as a teacher. I'm looking forward to sharing my students' coding projects with their families at the end of the summer!
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