In this Algorithm course, we teach educators how to engage their students in introductory computer science concepts by harnessing the power of youth culture, original hip hop music, videos, and creative projects. Our curriculum helps educators engage their students by tapping into the viral dance challenge phenomena on TikTok and Instagram to operationalize abstract concepts. Students develop their own algorithm for solving a real-world problem from their everyday life experiences.
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The CodeScty Learning Experience (LX)CodeScty is an interactive learning experience (LX) designed to introduce young people to computational thinking and coding concepts through a cultural lens they are familiar with. We recognize young people as experts in new technology, with access to new tools, platforms and applications at their fingertips that changes each day. As a result, the CodeScty learning experience is kinetic and dynamic, where students are moving, out of their seats, and creating art, with art and youth culture as an entry point for CS education.
CodeScty curriculum is aligned with the CS4ALL Blueprint and Common Core ELA standards, and shares a 1-1 relationship with the blueprint for common core computer science education. The CS4ALL Blueprint identifies five key concepts for CS Education: algorithms, abstraction, programming, data and networks, and skills such as analyzing, prototyping, and communicating. Using these key concepts and skills as a foundation, we write music and create media that serves as an entry point for understanding each concept, and follow up with supplemental classroom activities that test student’s skills in each content area. In addition to engaging with the music, the classroom comes alive with case studies, design challenges, and games to deepen student’s knowledge, analyze and embody key concepts, and check for understanding.