CSTA 2013 Presentation Resources and Handouts

1. About CSTEM, Los Altos School District's program that teaches every sixth grader to code
Los Altos School District in Los Altos, San Francisco Bay Area, California offers all 6th graders a weekly CSTEM program. CSTEM  teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects through the 3 C’s – CreativityCollaboration and Computer Science. 
Approximately 500 sixth graders across 7 schools attend the weekly program.   More on the CSTEM program
Program highlights
  • Pair Programming
  • Focus on design, art, creativity
  • Extensive use of Edmodo to engage and assign work, post finished projects, comment on posts, ask questions after class, homework/quizzes, class discussions
  • Student showcase and competition

2. Introduction to programming through art and math. Use of Processing.js on Khan Academy's CS platform. 

3. Other Art-Math-programming projects
Use of Processing in the Math class, sample project : https://www.khanacademy.org/cs/areas-and-perimeters/1302354812
(If you are interested in my 6+ week lesson plan for 'Programming through Art' using Scratch 2.0?  Please email me)

4. CS Advocacy
Sample parent newsletter: May 2013 issue

Sheena Vaidyanathan,
Jul 11, 2013, 12:13 PM