Want to learn more about coding and computer science? Google’s CS First program provides easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials that target and engage a diverse student population. Its objective is to increase student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school and vacation care programs.
Run by teachers and/or community volunteers, each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests.
All materials are targeted at students aged 9-14 in years 4-8 and are free and easy to use. With all training and materials provided, no computer science experience is necessary to host or volunteer to lead a CS First club.
Among the programs goals are to:
- Increase confidence when using computers
- Instill courage to try new things
- Grow perseverance when tackling difficult problems
- Provide a sense of belonging in technology for underrepresented students
- Demonstrate the impact that CS has in careers and communities.
Why get better at Computer Science?
Computer science is a 21st Century skill that will give you the theory and practice to program a computer to do what you want it to. It’s a tool that helps you tell a story or make something happen with technology and a discipline that emphasises persistence in problem solving.
It’s also a skill that is applicable across disciplines, driving job growth and innovation across all sectors of the workforce and one that teaches students how to use computers to create, not just consume.
All the information you need to get started with CS First is available at http://www.cs-first.com/
About the author
Sally-Ann Williams is the ANZ Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google.