Creative Computing with Scratch

(6 - 8)

Organization: Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab

Format: 6 units integrated into existing curriculum (One-Day & Multi-Day PD options) 

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: 1 day in-person PD (7 hours) and school year support,

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

school year support (Multi - Day)

Cost to School:

PD costs waived for eligible educators

$275 per participant for additional PD (One-Day) 

OR $575 per participant for additional PD (Multi-Day)

Computer Access: Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

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

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

  • $200 stipend available for accepted RI educators (Multi-Day)

  • All platforms (including chromebooks)



CS Discoveries (6-8)

Organization: URI

Format: One year-long course OR

six modules distributed in courses in 6-8th

Description: Based on code.org course.

Modules: Problem Solving, Internet, Programming, Design, Data, Physical Comp

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 1 day PD per module; school year support

Cost to School: No cost for PD. $10/student for physical computing device.

Computer Access:

Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

  • Access for all students.

  • No installed software.

  • All platforms (including chromebooks)


CS Through Game Creation (6-8)

Organization: Game Salad

Format: 9 week or 1 semester course

Description: Students apply CS concepts by

building original professional-grade mobile games.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: Online training or 1-day in person PD and school year support

Cost to School:

$27/student for license and curriculum (with tiered discouts)

PD program costs waived for one teacher

$950 for additional teacher PD

Computer Access: Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

  • Bridges the gap between block-based programming and full-blown coding/AP CS Broadens CS exposure

  • Increases equity with traditionally underrepresented students

  • Project-Based curriculum improves workforce readiness and develops 21st-century skills


PLTW Gateway (6-8)

Organization: Project Lead The Way

Format: 3 units integrated across grades 6-8; 

each unit is 45 minutes/45 days of instruction; 

each unit fits a quarter or semester rotation schedule

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.

Follow up to PLTW's Launch program.

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 5-day in-person training per unit and ongoing training opportunities

Cost to School:

$750 per school Annual Participation Fee

$950 per teacher per unit implemented

Computer Access: Access for all students

Unique Benefits:

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

  • Focuses on the positive impact of the application of computer science and computational thinking to other disciplines. 

  • The PLTW Gateway program also provides access to 7 additional semesters of high-quality STEM middle school experiences.

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

  • Training experiences tailored to teachers' individual needs. 


Bootstrap: Algebra (8)

Organization: Bootstrap

Format: 20 hour module in existing algebra course

Description: 

Students learn CS fundamentals and algebra by building a computer game

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 3-day in-person PD and school year support

Cost to School:

PD/Curriculum costs waived for one teacher

$1000/teacher for additional PD

Free PD Opportunities Available

Computer Access: Occasional student access

Unique Benefits:

  • Can work in existing algebra classes Improve algebra outcomes with CS

  • When deployed in algebra classes, makes computing available to all students, increasing equity