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SCRATCH - Computer Programming - Ages 7-11
This design-based programming language called Scratch was developed by the MIT Media Lab. It makes it easy to learn essential programming skills while creating interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. As students create and share their projects on the Scratch website, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.
NINJA - Computer Programming - Ages 11-14
Earn your black belt in computer programming in this self-paced visual course.Students acquire logic and computational thinking while designing elegant algorithms and writing efficient computer code. It has four sections where students earn white, yellow, purple and black belts. Projects slowly increase complexity to ensure an exciting and fullfilling learning experience for all students.
Video Games I: Learning and Design - Ages 8-11
Using Gamestar Mechanic, a video game design platform developed by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, students will learn the principles of game design while building their own game. Through the game design process, students cultivate skills involving systems-based thinking, creative problem-solving, arts and aesthetics, writing and storytelling, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
Video Games 2: Learning and Design - Ages 11-15
Using the premium version of Gamestar Mechanic, a video game design platform developed by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, students entering grades 6 - 9 will learn the principles of game design while building their own game. Through the game design process, students cultivate skills involving systems-based thinking, creative problem-solving, arts and aesthetics, writing and storytelling, and STEM.
Educational Minecraft® for Kids, Ages 8-14
Treat your kids to a Minecraft camp during summer vacation. Minecraft is a video game in which players create and break apart blocks in 3-dimensional worlds. It’s an exercise in building, exploration, creativity and collaboration, and it’s a fun way for kids to learn digital skills they’ll need when they get older. Minecraft is used in classrooms around the world to educate children in subjects ranging from science and history to city planning and speaking a new language. Your child will thank you for the experience.
The contest is organized in partnership with UNR’s College of Engineering and the ACM club. “Most of the students in computer sciences got into programming as kids. This is our opportunity to give something back to the community,” said Dr. David Feil-Seifer, ACM Faculty advisor.
To learn about the broad value of computer science (and how it differes from computer literacy), read these factoids.
Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, executive producers Hadi and Ali Partovi.
Students who earn a passing grade on 8 problem sets (programming assignments - 15-20 hours each), 2 quizzes, and a final project will get a certificate from HarvardX. Students may take CS50x at their own pace.
Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.
The Hour of Code is just one of many different events planned for CSEdWeek. If you are a CS teacher, see our Participation Kit for CS Teachers, and if you plan a special event tell us about it so we can celebrate your hard work.