Education World: STEM News Roundup: Computer Science Organizations Collaborate to Create Framework that Outlines What K-12 Students Should Learn

As bringing computer science instruction to all U.S. K–12 schools rapidly becomes a national focus, a group of established computer science organizations have gathered to help schools better understand what they should be teaching. Called the K–12 Computer Science Framework, the guide was developed by the Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative and is supported by big names like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. The extensive framework includes standards, curriculum, course pathways and even professional development suggestions for all K–12 grade levels. The framework recommends that computer science be integrated into early education, as well. Computer science instruction “guides young learners to notice, name, and recognize how computing shapes their world. In this way, pre-K brings computer science to life, preparing kids for the larger K–12 framework,” the framework says. The high-profile individuals, organizations and institutions that have endorsed the framework signed onto a Statement of Support that reads:  “We believe that the K–­12 Computer Science Framework will provide an important foundation for increasing access and opportunity to high-quality computer science in every state, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The framework holds promise to enhance the K­–12 experience of all students while preparing them for a wide variety of postsecondary experiences and careers.” (The framework and accompanying handouts are available for download here.)

STEM Tool Combines Comics, Computational Thinking

The creators of a STEM education tool that has found success in Sweden are seeking funding for an English version that will help U.S. children to “think like a programmer.” Called Curly Bracket – The Hidden Code, the graphic novel combines comics and computational thinking to spark student interest in STEM. (Read more here)

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