We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works because of lack of technology access and lack of exposure to the types of careers available in the world. It also doesn’t help that fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.
That’s why next week, our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code to date. This is a chance to change the future of education in Boston!
Our Hour of Code is making a statement that East Boston EEC is ready to teach these foundational skills that we call “21st century skills”. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event as huge as we can! I encourage you to share the news on your Facebook/Twitter/ other social media channels and consider dedicating some time next week at home to participate in Hour of Code activities.
See the Hour of Code website for details, and help spread the word. Below are some additional activities to try with your child from Scratch, Jr. They are appropriate for children ages 5-9 and have the following themes: programming, storytelling, mathematics, art, and creativity. Simply click on each link to download the activity sheet for that activity.
Students will be introduced to computer programming by making a sun set over a city landscape.
Students will create a spooky forest that features multiple characters called “sprites”. This way, they learn more about how to use Scratch, Jr.
Students will learn advanced features of the Scratch Jr. app by making a dog and cat meet each other and exchange hellos.
Be sure to let me know if you’re planning on doing any activities next week, and how they went. I would love to hear your stories and to see what projects your child will create!
Young STEAM Inventors