We understand that adding computer science into the classroom can be a hard and daunting task, especially when you have so many standards to teach already - who has the time!? Through a recent partnership with Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Adams County, Colorado, we are happy to say that at least some of that burden has now been lifted. The wonderful curriculum team at the Five Star District developed a 14-week curriculum for middle school students based on the micro:bit and they have agreed to share it with you.
Anna Otto, the Computer Science & Online Learning Coordinator at Five Star Schools, was tasked with creating a full K-12 learning progression around computer science in the district. She knew that she wanted to use the micro:bit but needed help with added accessories and aligning them to CSTA standards. So, she recruited SparkFun to aide in her efforts and, together, along with the help of many members of her curriculum team, we are able to share the curriculum and kits with you.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, feel free to check out the video below. You can also read more about our partnership with the district and find the curriculum here.
- ISTE - Bringing Computer Science to Middle School Through Physical Computing and micro:bit - Sunday, June 23, 8:30–10:00 am, Derek Runberg and Anna Otto
- CSTA - Middle School Minds Blown with micro:bit, Sunday, July 7, 1:00-4:00pm - Jeff Branson, Anna Otto and Katie MacLean