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"Computer Science Is Foundational for Every Student"
Come join us! RUSMP is partnering with Code.org to provide "computational thinking" resources for K-12 students and teachers in 30 counties in and around Greater Houston. No prior computer science skills are required, and there is never a charge for the curriculum, thanks to generous donors like Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and others. Keep reading to learn more.
Problem Solving. Persistence. Creativity. Collaboration. Communication.
These core practices run throughout the Code.org K-12 curriculum, preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce. Through level-appropriate activities, students stay engaged in a variety of online and "unplugged" (offline) activities.
Students learn to work alone and respectfully with others to problem solve, troubleshoot, and create a unique set of instructions that other students (or even a computer!) could follow. Journaling, reflection, and equity are built in.
Just what do we mean by "computer science"?
Keyboarding is not computer science. Word processing and spreadsheet manipulation are not computer science. With Code.org, the traditional classroom practice of focusing solely on "writing code" takes on a balanced, level-appropriate role in the overall goal of learning "computational thinking." As students develop their skills in problem solving, persistence, creativity, collaboration, and communication – what Code.org calls the "2 P's and 3 C's" – many schools report improvement in the tested subjects as well.
Over time, students develop the foundation to pursue computer science at the post-secondary level if they wish to. Code.org simply adopted the term computer science, or CS, because most people are already generally familiar with it and find it easier to say than "computational thinking."
Scholarships for Professional Development
RUSMP and Code.org invite teachers to become empowered through professional development, classroom videos, web-based interactive environments, editable handouts, supply lists, and an online community. No prior computer science skills are required. Full scholarships are available for qualifying teachers, depending on grade level and school criteria.
Effective September 1, 2019, RUSMP in partnership with Code.org serves K-12 schools in the following Texas counties: Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington, and Wharton.
Questions? Contact Shaina Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org.