CS Fundamentals (K-5)

Organization: Code.org

Format: 6 courses, 20 1-hr lessons integrated across K-5 curriculum

Description: Students learn CS fundamentals by creating computer games

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Plan: 1-day in-person PD and school year support

Cost to School: PD/Curriculum costs waived

Computer Access: Occasional student access

Unique Benefits:

  • Free curriculum and online learning platform

  • Blends online, self-guided tutorials with unplugged activities

  • Alignment with CSTA CS standards and ISTE standards


Creative Computing with Scratch Jr

(K - 2)

Organization: Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab

Format: 6 units integrated into existing curriculum  

Description: 

Students use a drag and drop programming language to code, create, and share interactive stories, animations, games, music, and more as they learn problem solving and other fundamental CS concepts.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 3 half-day and 1 full-day in-person PD (12 hours), school year support

Cost to School: PD costs waived for eligible educators,

$425 per participant for additional PD

Computer Access: Access for all students (primarily tablets)

Unique Benefits:

  • Introduction to SCRATCH cross curricula resources, strategies for classroom implementation and integration

  • Includes training on Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF) curriculum

  • $75 stipend available for accepted RI educators

  • All platforms (including chromebooks)


Creative Computing with Scratch (3 - 5)

Organization: Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab

Format: 6 units integrated into existing curriculum

Description: 

Students use a drag and drop programming language to code, create, and share interactive stories, animations, games, music, and more as they learn problem solving and other fundamental CS concepts.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 4 half-days and 1 full-day in-person PD (21 hours),

school year support 

Cost to School: PD costs waived for eligible educators

$575 per participant for additional PD 

Computer Access: Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

  • Introduction to SCRATCH across curricula resources, strategies for classroom implementation and integration

  • Includes training on Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF) curriculum (Multi-Day)

  • $100 stipend available for accepted RI educators 

  • All platforms (including chromebooks)


Launch (K-5)

Organization: Project Lead The Way

Format: 8 modules – 80 hours of content integrated across grades K-5

Description:

PLTW’s entire K-12 CS experience involves  interdisciplinary learning, exposing students not only to computer science, but to various disciplines and subjects, helping them understand how computer science relates to the world around them.

Teacher Profile:  No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 3-day training for Launch Lead Teacher; once trained, the Launch Lead Teacher can then train whole building without further investment

Cost to School: $750 per school Annual Participation Fee $750 per teacher

Computer Access: Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

  • Engages students in collaborative projects that develop in-demand computer science knowledge, creative thinking and communication.

  • Curriculum aligned to Common Core Math and ELA standards and NGSS. 

  • Training experiences tailored to teachers' individual needs.