Los Altos School District’s CSTEM program for 6th grade teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects through the 3 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration and Computer Science.
The CSTEM program has been funded by generous donations by parents to the
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are considered the most critical academic disciplines for success in a 21st century workforce. President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative has provided a sharp increase in the number of STEM education programs across the country.
Computer science combines the STEM subjects as well as teaches critical 21st century skills of problem solving and algorithmic thinking. In today’s digital age, technology education must go beyond teaching the use of computer applications. It should also teach how to create computer tools, and this can be done through computer science education.
Research in STEM education shows that the middle school years are critical to ignite and retain interest in the STEM subjects. Since sixth grade is the key entry point into middle school, it is the best year to focus on STEM education.
Computer Science education
Bringing creativity with the arts
What is Computational thinking?
Class Schedule for 2013 to 2014
The curriculum is based on ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS.S), the ACM K-12 Computer Science Model Curriculum (Level 1 recommendation for K-8), the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for Grade 6, and the California Content standards in Visual arts for Grade 6 (art through technology section 2.6). The curriculum includes:
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What is computational thinking? More about programming and links to other programming resources
SketchUp : tool used to create room design projects as well as 3D model of computer motherboard
Scratch 2.0 : new version of MIT'S Scratch works in your browser
Some other places to learn and try out programming skills
This page is available ashttp://tinyurl.com/lasdcstem
Building with Code
Article on 6th graders using Processing
(Written for my pledge for CSEd week Dec 9-15, 2012 )
Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School
KQED MindShift, Sept 2012