Scratch Day is a global network of events that celebrates Scratch — and the young people who code and create with it. During Scratch Day, kids and adults gather to share projects and learn from one another. This year’s Scratch Day is May 9, 2015 — but you can organize a Scratch Day any day. Consider hosting a Scratch Day in your community! The new site lets you post events and search/browse for events in your community and also includes new resources for hosts (sample agendas, activity ideas, etc.).
Northrop Grumman Foundation announced it is launching an online contest to encourage today's students to become tomorrow's innovators by creating classrooms and science labs that inspire. The Fab School Labs contest is open to public middle schools and will make five grants of up to $100,000 available to five winning schools to fund a school lab makeover.
Code.org K-5 Workshops
Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing - at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.
Codesters Teacher Meetups!
Codesters meet monthly to discuss ideas, projects, and pedagogy for teaching coding (in Python) to students using Codesters. Codesters is a platform designed specifically for teaching coding in middle schools and high schools. The monthly meetups are a space for teachers to learn and share ideas for teaching their students.
March Meetup - Special Guest Speaker! Michael Kölling talks about Greenfoot
We are incredibly excited and honored to have Professor Michael Kölling join us for the March meetup! He is the lead developer of BlueJ (http://www.bluej.org/) and Greenfoot (http://www.greenfoot.org/door), two educational programming environments for Java.