Computer Science

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    Student-Built Robots to Tackle Energy Efficiency in International Competition

    During the game, two "village alliances," each including teams from three different countries, will compete to generate more energy than the other village.

  • LA Unified Promotes CS Education; Conflicted on 1-to-1 Devices

    At the same time that Los Angeles Unified School District voted to promote computer science education and reduce the "digital divide," the country's largest school system also is trying to bring back 1-to-1 computing devices in a big way almost four years after it canceled its last major attempt. However, the latest effort has hit a funding obstacle.

  • Minecraft EDU Takes Coding, STEAM Lessons Underwater

    Minecraft EDU Takes Coding, STEAM Lessons Underwater

    A new update for Minecraft: Education Edition, called Update Aquatic, is adding underwater science to the educational version of the popular world-building game.

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    STEM: At the Crossroads of Traditional and Online Learning

    In this guest viewpoint, FIRST President Donald E. Bossi argues that online and blended learning offer tremendous potential for enhancing STEM education and hands-on learning opportunities for all students.

  • VR Interface Lets Students Explore Civil Engineering

    VR Interface Lets Students Explore Civil Engineering

    An open immersive virtual reality interface for pre-university and first-year students allows them to explore engineering disciplines, such as structural or hydraulics, as part of engaging their interest in STEM careers.

  • How the Library Helps Integrate Making Across the Curriculum

    A Title I STEAM-focused school connects students to new ideas with tech tools that help construct their problem-solving skills all in one place. 

  • Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

    Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

    For all the talk of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics doing away with the human element in corporate life, well trained human beings are still an essential ingredient. In fact, if the current skills gap remains unplugged, by 2030 the world will see "tens of millions of unfilled jobs and trillions of dollars in unrealized revenue," according to a new study.

  • At Skill Station 4, students unbox and set up a Makey Makey. Students then experiment with this tool testing conductive and non-conductive materials. Next, students are presented with a challenge for Days 2 and 3 to create a game controller utilizing the Makey Makey using craft supplies and found objects to the game that they developed using Scratch at Skill Station 3. The Makey Makey controller emulated the controller found in their game — up, down, right and left arrows, space and click.

    Making Space for Makerspaces

    Pop-up makerspaces have allowed project-based learning to grow and blossom. Using higher-order thinking skills, students are given the opportunity to problem-solve, ask questions, think, create, innovate, fix and revise. A new set of learning theories have popped up as well. Innovation and design theory have become a way of learning, with entrepreneurship at the helm.

  • Sketch Kit Brings Visual Arts to Robotics

    Wonder Workshop has launched Sketch Kit, a new visual arts system for its Dash and Cue robots designed to link programming with drawing.

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    How to Introduce Students to Coding with Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles

    Learn how Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles browser extension can make learning to code more engaging.

  • Study: How Extra CS Lessons Boosted ELA and Science Test Scores for One District

    Study: How Extra CS Lessons Boosted ELA and Science Test Scores for One District

    Students who did extra computer science activities in transdisciplinary modules scored higher on reading comprehension exams, as well as Florida standardized tests in science and English and language arts (ELA), according to preliminary results from a new study.

  • Amazon Pumping $50 Million into CS Education

    Amazon Pumping $50 Million into CS Education

    Amazon is committing $50 million to computer science education in the United States with new programs supporting high school and early undergraduate students, including financial aid to help schools bring AP CS courses to their students.