Creative Computing with Scratch(6 - 8)

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 full-days and school-year follow-up Meetups (28+ hours), school year support

Cost to School: PD costs waived for eligible educators.

Computer Access: Access for all students (Tablet accessibility coming soon)

Unique Benefits:

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

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

  • Computers and Chromebooks (Tablet accessibility coming soon)


CS Discoveries (6-8)

Organization: URI / Code.org Regional Partner

Format: One year-long course OR six modules distributed in courses in 6-8th

Description: Introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.

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

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 5-day TeacherCon and four 1-day follow-up workshops during the school year; 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)

  • Stipend available for accepted RI educators


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 (7-12)

Organization: Bootstrap

Format: 20 hour module in existing algebra course

Description: Students learn the fundamentals of Computer Science using a unique, algebraic programming language to build a video game of their own design. This allows students to blend their understanding of programming and mathematics, enhancing both disciplines. Learn more...

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:

  • Aligned to national and state standards for mathematics

  • When deployed in CS classes, provides a “booster shot” of algebra

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

  • Research-based material that improves algebra outcomes for students


Bootstrap: Data Science (7-12)

Organization: Bootstrap

Format: 20 hour module in existing course

Description: Bootstrap: Data Science teaches students to view programs as questions we ask of data. Students form their own questions about the world around them, and learn to analyze data critically and carefully to find answers to their own compelling problems. Learn more...

Teacher Profile: No prior CS experience required

PD Profile: 3-day in-person PD with optional 4th day and school year support

Cost to School: PD/Curriculum costs waived for one teacher; $1000/teacher for additional PD

Computer Access: Occasional student access

Unique Benefits:

  • Effective tool to help students learn to make inferences from data

  • Works as a module for the data unit for AP CS Principles

  • Serves as an engaging and accessible introduction to statistics

  • Can be used as a standalone CS course, or integrated into a GIS, Social Studies, Business or Statistics course