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Computer Science Week / Hour of Code

December 5 – 11, 2022
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.

Hour of Code
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 Computer Science 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.

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.

Past Years

2021 Hour of Code Training & Events

Supported by Idaho STEM Action Center

MONDAY – December 6th

Governor Little Declares December 6-12 Computer Science Education Week

Micron’s online Hour of Code Events
There were two online sessions:
10-11:15am MT & 1:15-2:30 MT

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TUESDAY – December 7th

BotO

Need an activity for Hour of Code? Check out Idaho’s own Blocksmith and their Hour of Code activity, Bot is sus?!

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Lasers, traps and marvelous mazes! Help Bot0 escape before she gets ejected! Bot0 is a friendly, harmless helper robot. Or is she? Her teammates believe otherwise. Program Bot0 to make her way through the underbelly of the space ship and escape before they find her.

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FRIDAY – December 10th

Teachers at Potlatch Elementary are coding alongside engineers from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and participating in Hour of Code to celebrate the importance of computer science education. Read about ‘Hour of Code’ for Potlatch Elementary here.

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RESOURCES FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

Great activities to engage younger students in Hour of Code at code.org/learn:

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Have you and your students participated in Hour of Code? Make sure to download and use the Certificate of Completion.

How did you engage in coding this week? Share your story on social media and use #CodingIdaho #STEMAC #CSEdWeek #HourofCode

Social Media Awareness!

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

Follow the Idaho STEM Action Centers social media accounts:
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Certificate of Achievement/Completion

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The Idaho STEM Action Center will recognize students who demonstrate exemplary dedication to computer science learning by awarding them a Certificate of Completion 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 Completion to award to your students.

CS Education Week News

Governor Little Does a Virtual Hour of Code 2020

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 2020

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.
  1. Need more ideas? We have ADDITIONAL CS RESOURCES. Please visit https://stem.idaho.gov/resources for more resources.

Gov. Little, Hour of Code

Hour of Code with Gov. Little and Emmett Middle School Students

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. 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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