Coding 101

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Appropriate for K-20 STEM educators

Wilson Elementary School | 2929 East Fillmore Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
10am - 1pm | $10 in advance | $12 at the door

Coding 101 Resources

Registration for Coding 101 is now closed.

A lot of people are talking about coding and computer science

“Learning computer science empowers young people to compete in the global economy…it teaches students computational thinking and problem solving skills applicable in any industry.”TEALS
“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.”code.org

STEMteachersPHX is offering professional development for teachers to learn more

Please expand the sections below for detailed information and to register.

What is Coding?

Coding is a way to tell the computer how to do something! This involves talking to a computer in a way that it understands – using a programming language.  There are many programming languages available to use for coding: from student-friendly, educational languages developed for the classroom, to powerful and robust programming languages used in the industry.

Why Code?

Coding requires you to think logically about a problem, create a process to solve the problem, and tell the computer how to solve that problem for you using a programming language. Debugging your solution and thinking through possible errors are critical components of coding, and require students to be detail-oriented and critical thinkers in class. These skills are not only useful in coding, but in other classes and in life as well. 90% of parents want their students to learn coding in school, but only 25% of schools offer it!

We can create more critical thinkers, provide opportunities for students to be engaged in an industry that is desperate for talent, and diversify the programming industry by exposing students to coding in the classroom.

Ways to use coding in classrooms

All grade levels and content areas can incorporate coding into their curriculum to enrich student learning. The easiest way to use coding in the classroom is to verify what you just learned. Did you just teach addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, sin, cos, tan to your math students? Have them write a program to do the calculations, so they can check their understanding. Are you teaching your chemistry students how to balance equations? Have them write a program that does the same! Are your students learning biological classifications or new vocabulary words? Have them write a memory program, where they can quiz themselves and test their understanding.

Choose your session!

We are offering four sessions on August 20th, each geared to meet your specific needs. Choose the one that fits you best:

Session 1: (designed for elementary school teachers with little to no coding experience) By the time you leave this session you will have the skills you need to start coding and experimenting with code by yourself. We will also provide you with access to FREE materials that you can use in your classroom on any given day. Presented by Caitlin Derr and her volunteers from TEALS.org.

Session 2: This session will provide a brief introduction for middle school teachers to project GUTS. Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) makes scientific thinking its mission, helping students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while developing the computer skills to do so. Participants will be introduced the GUTS program and have an opportunity to try some basic programing and engage in activities that would bring Computer science into the the classroom for all students. Presented by Michelle Cannon on behalf of code.org.

Session 3: (designed for high school teachers with little to no experience) By the time you leave this session you will have the skills you need to start coding and experimenting with code by yourself. We will also provide you with access to FREE materials that you can use in your classroom on any given day. Presented by Caitlin Derr and her volunteers from TEALS.org.

Session 4: This workshop will engage participants in computational modeling activities aimed at high school and college math and physics courses. These activities use VPtyhon and/or Microsoft Excel to model real-world phenomena. Participants will work with activities used in typical introductory physics courses, ranging from conceptual to calculus-based levels, but are also appropriate for hands-on algebra and calculus math classes. Presented by national award-winning teachers Dwain Desbien and David Weaver from Estrella Mountain Community College.

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