Middle School STEM Workshop


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The Middle School Computer Science Principles and AP-aligned Coding Concepts Boot Camp is a dynamic 6-week program designed to introduce middle school students to the exciting world of computer science. Through hands-on activities, creative projects, and collaborative problem-solving, participants will develop a foundational understanding of Computer Science Principles and gain exposure to coding concepts aligned with the AP College Board’s standards. This boot camp aims to inspire a lifelong interest in computer science and foster critical thinking skills in young learners.

SMART Goals:
1. Specific: Introduce middle school students to the fundamental concepts and principles of computer science.
2. Measurable: Assess students’ progress through coding exercises, projects, and quizzes.
3. Achievable: Create a supportive and inclusive learning environment that accommodates students with varying levels of prior coding knowledge.
4. Relevant: Align the boot camp with the AP College Board’s standards to provide a framework for continued learning and potential future AP coursework.
5. Time-bound: Complete the boot camp within a 6-week timeframe, ensuring a comprehensive introduction to computer science principles and coding concepts.

Tentative Weekly Schedule:

Week 1: Introduction to Computer Science
– Overview of computer science principles and their real-world applications
– Introduction to computational thinking and problem-solving skills
– Interactive activities to explore algorithmic thinking and logical reasoning

Week 2: Block-Based Programming
– Introduction to block-based programming languages like Scratch or Blockly
– Understanding programming concepts such as sequencing, loops, and conditionals
– Hands-on coding exercises and game development projects

Week 3: Web Design and Development
– Introduction to web design principles, HTML, and CSS
– Building basic web pages and creating interactive elements
– Collaborative web design projects

Week 4: Introduction to Python Programming
– Introduction to Python programming language
– Variables, data types, and basic syntax
– Coding challenges and mini-projects using Python

Week 5: Exploring Data and Visualization
– Introduction to data analysis and visualization
– Manipulating data using Python libraries
– Creating charts and graphs to represent data visually

Week 6: Creative Coding Projects and Showcase
– Collaboration on creative coding projects integrating learned concepts
– Presentation and showcase of student projects
– Reflection on the boot camp experience and future computer science learning opportunities

Note: The weekly schedule is flexible and subject to adjustments based on the progress and needs of the middle school students. The focus will be on providing engaging activities, hands-on coding experiences, and a supportive learning environment to ensure students develop a solid foundation in computer science principles and coding concepts throughout the 6-week boot camp.

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