Computer science helps provide the foundation for students to grapple with and succeed in a world that is rapidly
changing. With computer science principles helping guide that change, a robust computer science education is more important than ever.
Enter Code.org, a nonprofit whose goals consist of expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. By partnering with school districts across the country, Code.org aims to expand high-quality computer science education to all students through sustainable programs that will last beyond a partnership with Code.org.
Code.org’s work can begin as early as elementary school with programs tailored for the youngest of students. Courses blend online, self-guided, and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that don’t require computers. And for educators, a free, self-paced online workshop is available for those who are unable to make an in-person training.
Middle school experiences are created around two interdisciplinary modules, computer science in science classrooms and computer science in algebra. Both programs are aligned with NGSS and shared learning standards, so students will be equipping themselves with the tools needed to succeed during their time in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Bolstered by research from the National Science Foundation, Code.org uses the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum for high school students. ECS is recognized nationally for its college preparatory computer science course, which includes curriculum, professional development, and assessments. With its foundations rooted in equity, inquiry, content, and concepts, educators can step in to the world of computer science knowing that with Code.org’s help they can create an educational ecosystem that is for every student.
Washington state is currently disbursing grants to help create or strengthen existing computer science programs. However, those grants must be matched by private funds in order to be taken advantage of. Code.org is one such organization that can help provide those matching funds. To see if your district qualifies as a potential partner with Code.org, visit https://code.org/educate/qualify. Code.org accepts applications on a rolling basis.