It’s completely free, and just like the 1-hour activity, it’s self-guided (w/video lectures by stars like Bill Gates and Chris Bosh), and features artwork from popular games Angry Bird and Plants vs. Zombies. It also includes “unplugged” activities for students to work collaboratively in groups with no computer at all.
It also comes complete with a free, online information sessions to help get you started. And an educator dashboard allows you to easily track student performance and send them a screenshot when they’re stuck on certain levels.
Sign up now to continue to help your students learn these life-changing skills!
Get your program recognized as a leader in STEM learning! Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led coalition focused on advancing STEM literacy, is reopening STEMworks. The database is the premier tool for business leaders and other funders to identify and support exemplary programs that boost STEM interest and learning in the U.S.
Who’s eligible? Any STEM learning program that serves pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers, either in or out of school, is encouraged to apply for admission.* Each submission will be reviewed by WestEd, an independent, nonprofit research, development, and service organization, which will provide detailed and confidential feedback to each applicant on strengths and weaknesses of the application.
Our new issue brief, “Computing and Engineering in Afterschool,” explores how afterschool programs are offering innovative, hands-on computing and engineering education opportunities. Both these subjects have emerged as priority areas within the “STEM” fields.
Computing and engineering occupations make up the bulk of future STEM jobs—almost 80 percent—but there are significant issues of equity and access to these opportunities, as women and minorities are vastly unrepresented in these fields. Neither subjects are taught with regularity in schools and most students do not develop enough interest during their K-12 years to elect a computing or engineering major in college.
Computing is one of the fastest growing industries, and yet current rates of college graduation in computer science do not keep pace with the projected number of job openings over the next ten years. Many high-profile efforts have been launched to raise awareness of this issue and get students interested in computing. Most recently, the "Hour of Code" campaign launched during Computer Science Education Week attracted more than 15 million students to try their hand at computer programming.
The Hour of Code is next week. If you haven’t heard already, we’re supporting this unprecedented movement to help 10 million students try computer science this Dec. 9-15. We’re asking you to join us.
Why computer science?
Technology is everywhere today. But only a tiny fraction of students are learning how to create technology. The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that every child can start learning the basics. Code.org will provide tutorials with options for every age, every device, and even “unplugged.” No prep from teachers needed.
While tutorials are still under construction, we invite you to check them out - featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Angry Birds.
|Boys & Girls Club youth run a dry ice experiment with their university mentors in the award-winning afterschool program Science Club.|
Afterschool programs have long partnered with other youth-serving and community organizations to better meet the needs of their students. As interest and momentum grow around STEM programming in afterschool, partnerships become increasingly important in offering high-quality, hands-on STEM experiences for youth.
Our latest issue brief, Partnerships with STEM-Rich Institutions, demonstrate several models of how afterschool programs are partnering with STEM-rich institutions like science centers and museums, universities and colleges, business and industry, and government agencies. The brief highlights the strengths of each type of STEM-rich partner and describes their potential contributions to afterschool programs. Here are just a few examples:
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has just released the fall 2013 publication of Afterschool Matters, generously funded by the NOYCE Foundation and The Bowne Foundation. This national, peer-reviewed journal serves those involved in developing, managing, and working in programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy. It’s one of the only resources of its kind.
This issue has several pieces on content and learning outcomes in STEM, including a report from our very own Anita Krishnamurthi and Jen Rinehart: “What Afterschool STEM Does Best: How Stakeholders Describe Youth Learning Outcomes.”
Afterschool programs are increasingly recognized as venues for effectively engaging children and youth in STEM. Since the last set of national science standards was published in 1996, the number of afterschool programs and participants—and of dollars invested in STEM learning in these settings—has expanded substantially. The afterschool field has enthusiastically embraced STEM education. According to a 2011 survey, a majority of providers now believe that it is important for them to offer STEM programming.
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an excellent way to help your students channel their creative thinking and demonstrate their knowledge. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan competition, free and open to students ages 13-18 from around the world. The program invites teens to work in teams of 2-5 students and use science, technology, engineering and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to develop innovative products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability.
The first round submission can be completed in less than five hours from start to finish. The deadline for the 2013-2014 one-page abstract qualification round is this Thurs., Oct. 24.
Not sure you have all the tools needed for your team to be successful? The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides free access to mentors, webinars and forums to answer all your questions. Join today! www.ConradAwards.org