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Intro to CS

A 14 week Introduction to Computer Science course.

This course is targeted to middle school grades 6-8 (ages 11-14 years). It is also written for teachers who may not have a Computer Science background, or who may be teaching an "Intro to Computer Science" course for the first time.

This course takes approximately 14 weeks to complete, spending about 1 week on each of the first 11 lessons, and 3 weeks for students to complete the final project at the end. Of course, teachers should feel free to customize the curriculum to meet individual school or district resources and timeframe.

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Download it

The entire course is also available as a download or as a book. Choose any of these formats:

- HTML - The entire course in a single HTML page that you can print to PDF or paper
- OneNote - Intro to CS with MakeCode for micro:bit
- PDF - Intro to CS with MakeCode for micro:bit
- iBooks - Making with micro:bit
- Paperback - Making with MakeCode and Micro:bit

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Lesson structure

Each of the 12 lessons is structured in this format:

  • Topic Introduction
  • Unplugged Activity (30 min) - An offline game or activity that demonstrates the concept/topic
  • micro:bit Activity (45-60 min) - An activity that everyone makes on their micro:bit that teaches the skills learned in this lesson.
  • Project (60-120 min) - A prompt for an original project that each student will create to demonstrate their understanding of the skills and concepts covered in this lesson.
  • Project Mods - Examples of additional things students can do to extend the project.
  • Assessment - A project rubric and guidance for grading the project.
  • Standards - A list of CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards and/or concepts covered by this lesson.

Course contents

Lessons

  1. Making
  2. Algorithms
  3. Variables
  4. Conditionals
  5. Iteration
  6. Review/Mini-Project
  7. Coordinate grid system
  8. Booleans
  9. Bits, bytes, and binary
  10. Radio
  11. Arrays
  12. Independent final project