Engage Students With Computer Science

The importance of computer science cannot be understated. The discipline will inevitably play a vital role in the future careers of students, and the earlier that students are introduced to computer science learning pathways, the better. At mindSpark Learning, we’re driven by making computer science learning as accessible as possible.

Any of the learning offered on this page, aside from the Teach Wonder opportunity through Wonder Workshop, qualifies as computer science professional learning opportunities that can be applied to the CDE Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program.

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Code.org Regional Partner

Code.org Regional Partner

As the Code.org regional partner in Colorado we’re proud to support the initiative of increased awareness around computer science, and the creation of sustainable computer science learning pathways for educators and their students.

We are of course able to do this with support from Code.org, as well as other industry leaders that directly connect computer science education with authentic scenarios based around computer science skills.


 

You can also read more about our offerings through Code.org, and get involved by clicking on any of the buttons below

 
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Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF)

Serves: Elementary Schools

Details: 1-day Workshop; Online Forum & Community

Impacts To-Date: 361 teachers and 51,600 students have been reached by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: This program is FREE; click below to find local workshops.

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Computer Science Discoveries (CSD)

Serves: Middle Schools

Details: 5-day Summer Workshop; 4 Quarterly Workshops (Saturdays); Online Forum & Community

Impacts To-Date: 98 teachers and 2,940 students have been reached by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: $2000 (scholarships/grants available)

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Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Serves: High Schools

Details: 5-day Summer Workshop; 4 Quarterly Workshops (Saturdays); Online Forum & Community.

Impacts To-Date: 64 teachers and 1,920 students have been reached by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: $2000 (scholarships/grants available)

Each learning opportunity is explained in further detail below

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals

This workshop provides an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online code.org curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. The workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.

CSF Webpage

CSF one-page overview

Code.org Computer Science Discoveries

This workshop provides high-quality professional development from an experienced computer science facilitator, and is designed for educators teaching a semester or full-year middle school computer science course. It offers year-round support, and the program kicks off with a 5-day free summer workshop.

CSD Webpage

CSD one-page overview

Code.org Computer Science Principles

This workshop provides high-quality professional development from an experienced computer science facilitator designed for educators teaching a semester or full-year high school computer science course. It offers year-round support, and the program kicks off with a 5-day free summer workshop.

CSP Webpage

CSP one-page overview


mindSpark Learning's Offerings

Our Computer Science Offerings

Although a lot of our computer science work is offered because of our partnership with Code.org, we have also partnered with the Gill Foundation to offer some standalone computer science professional learning for educators. We also offer some of our options. Learn more below.

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Customized Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF)

Serves: Elementary Schools

Details: 1-day Workshop; Online Forum & Community

Impacts To-Date: 361 teachers and 51,600 students have been reached by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: $250 per teacher; these are custom district/school workshops for interested parties not in a Code.org Cohort

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CO Elementary Computer Science Program

Funded by: Gill Foundation & Code.org

Serves: Elementary Schools

Details: 1-day CSF Workshop; 1/2 Robotics Workshop; Robotics Kit Valued at $1000

Impacts To-Date: 361 teachers and 51,600 students have been impacted by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: FREE to 150 elementary schools with a K-12 CS pathway

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mindSpark Learning Robotics Workshop

Serves: Elementary Schools

Details: half day of Robotics; Dash Learn to Code Box Set;

Professional Learning with Sphero, Ozobot and RoboRobo robots as well.

Impacts To-Date: 50 teachers and nearly 15,000 students have been impacted by mindSpark Learning through this program.

Cost: $300 per teacher; every teacher will receive a dash robot

We also offer fully customizable computer science professional learning experiences. Click on the button below if you are interested in something more customizable.


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Interested in a More Customized Solution for Your School or District?

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Why Computer Science

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees.

And computing is used all around us and in virtually every field. In other words, it’s foundational knowledge that all students need. Unfortunately, computer science is marginalized throughout education.

Fewer than half of U.S. schools offer any computer science courses and only 8% of STEM graduates study it. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.

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Wonder Workshop Partnership

We're Excited to Partner with Wonder Workshop

According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, in 2018 the U.S. is  expected to produce only 29% of the required number of graduates to fill the 1.4 million U.S. computer specialty job openings that are forecast. Future jobs outside of computer science are also going to require computational and problem-solving skills that are developed when kids learn to code.

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This is just one of the many reasons mindSpark Learning is excited to partner with Wonder Workshop to bring you the Teach Wonder Professional Learning Program. This online professional development course helps educators establish a working knowledge of computer science with 12-hours of direct instruction, meaningful activities and programmable robots. You can save $325-$350 when you register for the Teach Wonder program using a discount code we provide.


Get Your Discount Code

Click on the button below to get your discount code for either course!

With two courses, Teach Wonder meets the needs of both elementary and middle school teachers looking for the knowledge and skills they need to teach these 21st-century skills.

Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Dash & Dot is designed for elementary school teachers.

Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Cue is designed for middle school teachers.

 

In Partnership with Wonder Workshop

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