ISTE 2012 presentation
ISTE Presentation
STEM through Creative Computer Science and Collaborative Game Design 
[Concurrent Session : Lecture]
Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 1:15pm–2:15pm, SDCC 23AB 

Learn to teach programming and game design with MIT's free Scratch software. Lesson plans from a successful STEM program that benefited approximately 500 students.  Recommended by ISTE's SIGGS, SIGCT

Los Altos School District in Los Altos, San Francisco Bay Area, California offers all 6th graders a weekly C-STEM program. cSTEM  teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects through the 3 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration and Computer Science. 

Students learn the critical digital age skill of computational thinking through computer programming using MIT’s Scratch programming language.

Approximately 500 sixth graders across 7 schools attend the weekly program.


Based on ISTE’s NETS.S and ACM K-12 Computer Science Model 

  • Computer hardware 
  • Binary numbers 
  • Programming using Scratch
  • Creating art through programming
  • Designing and building Math/Science games
  • Using Google sites as ePortfolios 
ISTE Presentation Handouts

Twitter #isteScratch (discussion of ISTE12 session)

Articles on creativity and programming
Sheena Vaidyanathan