Give every student in your classroom the opportunity to learn about computer science by participating in Computer Science Education Week. With Flocabulary’s resources, you can spark curiosity, build foundational skills, and introduce computer science and coding lessons to teach beginners.
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What is Computer Science Education Week?
Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that aims to excite students around the world about computer science. This year, CSED Week is December 5th-11th. Students can also participate in an Hour of Code, which is a dedicated hour during the class time where students learn to code.
Computer Science Education Week: Coding Lessons to Teach Students
An Introduction to Coding
This lesson reviews the top 10 reasons to code while providing an introduction to computer programming. In the video, students will learn about the different types of work computer programmers do and some of the perks of a career in coding. Use this video as an instruction for enhancing STEM instruction in your classroom.
Coding Lessons: Algorithms
Algorithms help us complete tasks and make our computers work when written in code. In this lesson, students will identify examples of algorithmic thinking in daily life, write simple algorithms in pseudocode and compare competing algorithms by weighing their advantages and disadvantages.
Coding Lessons: Conditionals
This lesson introduces students to one of the main concepts used across coding languages: conditionals. Students learn that a conditional statement tells a program to execute different actions depending on whether a condition is true or false. Walk through an example of a conditional statement that could exist in a video or computer game code and show how it would look in Python, a coding language.
Coding Lessons: Events
This lesson introduces students to events, one of the main concepts used across coding languages. Students learn the concept of event handlers, the pieces of code that dictate what happens when a certain event occurs, and demonstrate how events and event handlers allow programs to be interactive.
Coding Lessons: For Loops
This lesson introduces students to loops, one of the main concepts used across coding languages. Students learn that loops allow programmers to easily repeat code; in particular, loops let programmers repeat code a specific number of times.
In this lesson, students learn what a robot is, see examples of robots you might know from daily life, and discover what the field of robotics might bring us next.
Katherine Johnson & the Human Computers
This lesson tells the biography of Johnson, a female African-American research mathematician who made huge contributions at NASA during the Space Race but remains largely unsung in US history. Elevate your science instruction by teaching students about major events and achievements in Johnson’s life. This video explains the work of human computers, women who completed crucial, precise math calculations for NASA’s engineers.
This lesson breaks down how you can use a five-step process to create a computer program of your own. Creating a computer program involves similar steps to any problem-solving task. So it’s not just about coding, though coding is part of it!
The Battle Between People and Machines
This lesson includes fifth-grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: aggressive, deprive, endanger, exasperate, exult, overthrow, portable, slither, suffocate and withdraw. This song asks the question: What would happen if our own computers stopped obeying us?
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