computer science

Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

| June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Lillian Mongeau To get a better understanding of how well students can solve complex problems and apply science to real-life scenarios, the National Assessment for Education Progress recently used hands-on experiments as a way to test 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students, and found that this kind of assessment gives a much more accurate […]

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What’s Inside Your Computer? These 6th-Graders Can Tell you

What’s Inside Your Computer? These 6th-Graders Can Tell you

| April 4, 2012 | 7 Comments

By Sheena Vaidyanathan Have you ever looked inside a laptop? Have you ever held a CPU or studied the components on a computer motherboard? Though we use computers everyday, many of us know little about the fascinating world inside. In the spirit of tech innovation that’s defined Silicon Valley, every sixth grader in the Los […]

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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

| February 23, 2012 | 17 Comments

Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that […]

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Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

| December 15, 2011 | 32 Comments

TB Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. While most schools do recognize the importance of helping students learn how to use new technologies, you’ll still find scant opportunities in K-12 classes for students to learn how to actually build those […]

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Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

| July 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

Within the first 60 days of its release, Microsoft sold some eight million Kinects, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (beating out the iPad and the VCR). For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Kinect is a sensor input device for the popular Xbox gaming console that allows gamers to […]

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Why Should Fifth Graders Learn to Program?

Why Should Fifth Graders Learn to Program?

| June 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Sheena Vaidyanathan “I think I fixed it, can I upload my program?” “Can you test my app?” “I just need to add a help menu.” These are not remarks at a Silicon Valley technology startup, but from an animated conversation in a classroom of 10- and 11-year-olds in the Los Altos School District in […]

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