Computer Science Education Week – CSEdWeek
@CSEdWeek is near and I plan to do a couple different activities on my campus (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara which is in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).
I am planning on sessions for kids (middle school up to high school) as well as sessions for colleagues on my campus that would like to get introduced to coding. I will need some help so will be enlisting fellow colleagues and CS students on campus to aid me in the implementation, see below for more info about CSEdWeek 2013 about how to get involved either with me locally or in your locatio
How to Help and get Involved
If you are interested in attending my local event(s) or perhaps in recruiting kids through your school contacts in the city or colleagues here on campus, please let me know. My contact information is here on the blog. If there are any of my students (I don’t like to use the term ex-student) that have time to help, that would be awesome as well. Sponsors are welcome, so ask your boss (or perhaps you already have budget control for sponsorship).
From the CSEdWeek site:
During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15)
Inspire your students – show them a video
We’ll have an Hour of Code video by CSEdWeek. For now, check out these videos, featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Black Eyed Peas founder will.i.am and NBA star Chris Bosh talking about the importance of programming. (There are 1 minute, 5 minute, and 9 minuteversions)
Get your students excited – give them a short intro
Most kids don’t know what computer science is. Here are some ideas:
- Explain it in a simple way that includes examples of applications that both boys and girls will care about (saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
- Try: “Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”
- Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more.”
Thanks and Feedback
Please add encouragement, offers for help and ideas in the comments below.