Free, easy-to-use activities and curriculum introduce students ages 9-14 to computer science through themed projects that attract students with varied interests. Instructional videos guide students through each activity, so no coding experience is needed to teach!
CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials that target and engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). The video-based content teaches kids the basics of coding using the block-based coding tool Scratch, that connects to themes such as storytelling or music. CS First is available online and can be used by anyone (librarian, teacher, volunteer, parent), in any setting. Instructional videos guide youth through each activity, allowing you to work with students individually. Going through the curriculum with a continuous set of students will allow a facilitator to use the assessments and outcome measurement tools built in to the curriculum, but new students will be able to jump in at any point in the course and learn from where the course is at. CS First includes everything you need (such as solution sheets, scripts for what to say, and even an agenda timer) but is also flexible enough that you can add your own launch points based on your own expertise as a library facilitator. It makes it really easy for anyone, regardless of experience, to run a successful coding program with very little prep.