Welcome to PSUSD’s CakeWalk Coding program. Elementary schools around our district are participating in CakeWalk. Cakewalk inspires students to create code. But what exactly is coding? Your browser, the apps on your phone, Facebook,- they’re all made with code. Cakewalk is an after school program that will introduce students to coding. Students will walk away with the development of a basic understanding of computer programming. Participating teachers are facilitating the coding club after school. Students are using computer science to tell fun and interactive stories using Google CS First.
What is Coding?
Coding or computer programming is writing a set of instructions that a computer understands so it will perform a task.
Why coding in elementary?
Check out the schools participating in the CakeWalk program!
Every December, we celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The purpose of this week is to promote knowledge and interest in computer science education with K-12 students. We celebrate in December in recognition of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computing pioneer, whose birthday is Dec. 9th.
It’s important to teach our students Computer Science, as it is an ever growing field (50% of all jobs in STEM are computing jobs) and is a foundational skill for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. And, did you know that students who study computer science also perform better in math?! That’s a win, win in my book!
Check out this infographic to see more about the importance of teaching computer science:
There is so much you can do during this week to get your students participating in Computer Science!
One thing that you can do is participate in Hour of Code. There are tons of activities, videos, and other resources there. If you’re feeling nervous because you’ve never coded, don’t! There are activities for all levels. Click here if you are interested in more information about Hour of Code.
There are also several activities from other websites that you can check out here:
Hope you enjoy Computer Science week and that you continue coding for the rest of the year. Your students will definitely appreciate it!
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