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June 10, 2021 Stacey Middle School Computer Science Board Presentation
Computer Science Program
Setting up sections with Clever sync – Code.org

Westminster schools implementing Computer Science education are using Code.org®.

Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.

  1. Code.org is a member of the steering committee that helped establish the K-12 Computer Science Framework - a high-level guide for states, districts, and organizations implementing computer science education.
  2. "Code.org is a one-stop shop for coding in schools. Most importantly, teachers don't need computer science degrees to facilitate that coursework." - Common Sense Education
  • 40% Student in US use CODE.org
  • 1 Million Teachers use CODE.org
Code.org provides teachers with access to:
  • Free Curriculum
  • Free Workshops
  • Learn at Home Curriculum
  • Lessons can be used for whole Class instruction or for small group centers
 
K-5 Lessons: Focus on CS Fundamentals
Designed to be fun and engaging, Code.org’s progression of Computer Science Fundamentals courses blend online and "unplugged" non-computer activities to teach students computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship.
 
6-8 Lessons focus on CS Discoveries:
Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory course that empowers students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun!
  • Audience: Middle and high school students, grades 6 - 10
  • Curriculum length: 50-150 hours, can be taught as a semester or full-year course
  • Prior knowledge: None! Just bring your curiosity.
Computer Science - Elementary

Westminster School District partnered with Code to the Future to bring America’s first comprehensive solution for Computer Science Immersion from 2017-2019. Code to the Future is an innovative computer science program that integrates programming and game design and equips students with the skills necessary for success in school and life. It inspires and teaches students how to utilize technology to create and integrates core content through block and text-based coding.

Westminster has implemented Computer Science Immersion for students from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade at Finley Elementary, WIllmore Elementary, and Johnson Middle School.

Code to the Future teaches fundamentals of coding through a well designed curriculum that engages students in team building, problem-solving tasks, and builds amazing confidence in children as they collaborate on creative challenges. The challenges promote perseverance and leads students to communicate their thinking process with each other. These are all powerful learning experiences that build strong presentation skills at a very young age.

Code to the Future has a well designed curriculum, highly qualified computer science coaches for the classroom on a rotating basis, and excellent professional learning opportunities.

Parents or anyone interested in learning more about Code to the Future and Computer Science Immersion at Westminster School District can contact Gerardo Martinez at 714-894-7311.

Computer Science Schools
 
Finley Elementary
Full Immersion
 
Willmore Elementary
Full Immersion
 
Johnson Middle School
Integrated in Science
 
Stacey Middle School
CS Elective
 
Warner Middle School
CS Robotics Elective