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Computer Science Week / Hour of Code

CS/HOC Week

#CSWeek
What is #CSEdWeek?

Computer Science Education Week is a yearly event the first full week of December to raise awareness of the rich educational and career opportunities available in Computer Science.

Gov Little Hour of Code
What is #HourOfCode?

Easily scaled non-profit, educator, and school-wide events which introduce and celebrate Computer Science any time of the year, but with most events taking place during #CSEdWeek.

Coding Idaho
How do I join #CodingIdaho?

Plan and register your Hour of Code event and find local volunteers on the HourOfCode.org website.  Share your event as it happens with Idaho STEM Action Center and on social media.

Social Media Awareness!

Use these hashtags in your social media posts:
#CodingIdaho #IdahoSTEMAC #CSEdWeek #HourofCode

Follow the Idaho STEM Action Centers social media accounts:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate Image

The Idaho STEM Action Center will recognize students who demonstrate exemplary dedication to computer science learning by awarding them a Certificate of Achievement for completing 10 hours of computer science and coding activities during national Computer Science Education Week December 6-10.

Click here to download the Certificate of Achievement to award to your students.

Special Events

Students & Families Bilingual Virtual Event

Students (4th-12th grade) – Participate in a Bilingual Hour of Code by creating your very own website. This special workshop offered by Skill Struck will be in Spanish & English and you’ll code alongside Micron employees.

This webinar is after-school so participating with adult family members is encouraged.

Click on the images below to download/view PDF flyer and use the QR Code with your phone to register OR use the link button below. Parents are encouraged to register for any students who are under 13 years of age.

Educators – please share this information and posters with students and families that you work with or know.

Hour of Code Training & Events

Supported by Idaho STEM Action Center

December 6th – two online sessions: 10-11:15am MT & 1:15-2:30 MT

Join one of Micron’s online Hour of Code events from your home, or school. Breakout rooms will be used to support smaller group interactions. Teachers can sign up their classes to participate OR Individual students can sign up to join.

WHERE: Micron’s Secure Zoom Platform

Students & teachers can register here!

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December 8, 2021 @ 5pm MST

  • After-school bilingual Virtual Event offered by Skill Struck in partnership with Micron, whose employees will code along with the students.
  • REGISTER: Go to Students & Families under Special Events.

 

Multiple Events to be Scheduled – Coding with Idaho Celebrities from around the state (coming soon!)

Resources

The Hour of Code Website, in addition to hundreds of age appropriate coding activities, also has lots of information on planning and promoting your event whether it’s in-person or virtual. Be sure to check the How-to Guides which have help for public officials and companies as well as schools and districts.  https://hourofcode.com/us/how-to

Find a volunteer for your event.

How to prepare if you are the volunteer. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Find more Computer Science activities and platforms inside our Resource Portal. Scroll down the page to Access the Computer Science Resources.

Governor Little Does a Virtual Hour of Code 2020

Past Years

Thank you for entering our social media contest during #CSEdWeek! Here are our prize winners:

• Alaniss Pierre
• Becca Stroebel Kabasa
• Cody Call (Syringa Middle)
• Kelsey Wells
• Keri Rae Boyle
• Lisa Vertrees
• Mandi May
• Molly Mills
• Wade Dorrell
• Yvonne Stace

Each winner will receive a Raspberry Pi to help their coding journey! For more information visit Raspberry Pi.

Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) was Dec. 7-13. The event is an annual, global program dedicated to inspiring students to take interest in computer science often by coding. Idaho Gov. Brad Little proclaims Dec. 7-13 Idaho Computer Science Education Week here in the Gem State (video).

It is a great time for anyone age 4 to 104 to try at least one hour of computer science activities, and we want you and your students to participate in Hour of Code (HOC) or some type of CS activity!

PARTICIPATE in CS Education Week by:

  1. CODE ALONG with STEMazing guests across our state, such as IDAHO GOV. BRAD LITTLE, former NASA Astronaut STEVE SWANSON, and our new interim executive director, DR. KAITLIN MAGUIRE!
    Governor Little, Astronaut Steve Swanson, STEM Director Dr. Kaitlin Maguire
    Idaho Gov. Brad Little, former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, STEM A.C. interim executive director Dr. Kaitlin Maguire
  2. CODE WITH A GAME DESIGNER! CODE WITH A GAME DESIGNER! Idaho-based Blocksmith created “Don’t Yeet the Yeti,” a fun Hour of Code activity for beginners. BlocksmithStudents learn how to edit and create conditional statements, and then they complete an unfinished game by adding JavaScript code to rescue a yeti and their friends! If the code doesn’t work, the yeti will be yeeted, i.e., tossed from the game. Game creators will lead an hour-long session of “Don’t Yeet the Yeti” with students. Visit https://www.blocksmithxr.com/blog/hourofcode to check out their game.
  1. JOIN OUR CONTEST! Hour of Code, which coincides with CS Ed Week, is a super-easy way to spend just one hour learning how fun and easy coding can be. Reach out to your friends and family and spend an hour coding together.

Here’s how:

    1. Like or follow us on Facebook (@IdahoSTEMAC) or Instagram (IdahoSTEMAC)
    2. Participate in Hour of Code by doing some type of CS activity of your choice.
    3. Snap a picture of your Certification of Completion (if you complete a module at org) or a picture of how you participated in Hour of Code (if it is another way, such as Idaho Codes, CS Unplugged activities, etc.)
    4. Post it to Facebook or Instagram with the three hashtags; #CodingIdaho, #IdahoSTEMAC and #CSEdWeek to be entered into our drawings for cool prizes!

* You will automatically be entered for our drawings for various prizes if you follow steps a-d. At the end of CS Ed Week, we will pick several winners.

  1. HOST AN HOUR OF CODE with your students! Participate by trying one of the many, many modules on Code.org’s website. There are modules for beginners, intermediate and advanced users!
  1. Want more CS instruction? Register for our Idaho Codes program. Idaho students in grades 7-12 can learn Web development at home. Idaho Codes is an online, self-paced, 120-hour computer science program that teaches students the foundational skills of building websites and developing apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Visit STEM.idaho.gov/apply/idahocodes for more information.
  1. Need more ideas? We have ADDITIONAL CS RESOURCES. Please visit https://stem.idaho.gov/resources for more resources.

Gov. Little, Hour of Code

Bearden Award for Women in Computer Science

The Idaho STEM Action Center and Ms. Betsy Bearden awarded the Bearden Award for Women in Computer Science to four student coders who completed outstanding Idaho Codes projects (For more information visit our Idaho Codes page). These young women coders spanned the state, attending this virtual award presentation from Jerome, Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Meridian where Ms. Betsy Bearden recognized the students with a cash award of $250 each and encouraged them to continue their pursuit of critical computer science skills.  What’s next for these young women? They will be leading younger students in their early coding engagements for Hour of Code in December during Computer Science Education Week as classroom mentors.

Congratulations to MaeLynne (Jerome), Grace (Coeur d’Alene), Kailyssa (Boise), and Tori (Meridian), you all have a bright future in STEM!

Bearden Award

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

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