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Jumpstart CS Skills With a Code Club After School

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYODex

Sunday, June 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Location: Franklin 1-2, Marriott

Christina Foust  
Join us to learn about the community of Code Club educators running coding clubs around the world. Explore the resources available to get your club started and try out coding projects where students can self-direct and learn how to code with Scratch, HTML, Python and more.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

By the end of this session, educators will:

-Learn about the Code Club movement and how to join the Code Club community
-Learn about free resources available to support students in learning coding through a project-based learning approach
-Experience a coding session as a participant and discuss facilitation strategies to support their Code Club environment


Intro (15 min)
-I will share about Code Club and its relationship with the Raspberry Pi foundation helping participants to understand the available resources available to them as educators to support student in learning how to code
-I’ll ask participants to share how/if they are engaging students in opportunities to program and/or why they are interested in bringing coding to their school sites

Intro to Coding (15 min)
-Attendees will participate in an “unplugged” activity and discuss their experience and how it applies to programming on a computer
-I will do an overview of different programming languages and the projects available to support students

Coding Project Time (40 min)
-Participants will engage with a coding project (either alone or in pairs). Participants will be given a specific Code Club project to start with options to explore other projects in different programming languages
-We will come back together as a group to discuss the experience of engaging in a coding project and facilitation strategies for supporting students in a project-based learning environment.

Starting a Club (10 min)
-I will discuss the free resources available to educators to get coding clubs started at their school sites and share about the activities and events available to the Code Club community (community calls, competitions, Coolest Projects) and how they can register with Code Club.
-Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss in small groups how they plan to start a club at their school site

Reflection & Next Steps (10 min)
-Attendees will have the opportunity to share out and ask questions about starting a club at their site
-Attendees will complete an exit ticket to have them reflect on their experience and plan to start a coding club at their school

Supporting research

Randomized Controlled Trial and Process Evaluation of Code Clubs [PDF]: https://www.raspberrypi.org/app/uploads/2017/03/Randomised-Controlled-Trial-and-Process-Evaluation-of-Code-Clubs.pdf
Code Club Annual Survey 2017 [PDF]: https://www.raspberrypi.org/app/uploads/2018/05/Code-Club-Annual-Surveys-2017.pdf
The Code Club International Movement: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/code-club-international/
Growing Code Club: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/growing-code-club/

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Christina Foust, Raspberry Pi Foundation

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