"CodeNC is a teacher-empowered program that promotes Computational Thinking activities into current instructional practices across the public schools of North Carolina. We believe that every student has a fundamental right to computational thinking skills and computer science literacy."
Toward Broadening COMPUTING EDUCATION in North Carolina
One effective way to Broadening Participation in Computer Science is to integrate computational thinking into the current high school curriculum effectively. Currently, most high school teachers do not have much background in computing nor are they comfortable with Computational Thinking concepts, which limits their ability to influence students on the same. Many teachers are willing to learn, but finds themselves lack of relevant materials, systematic training, and a supportive community. This is where CodeNC comes in!
We aim to increase the general understanding of computational thinking among high school students and to increase the number of underrepresented students who would traditionally not have considered computing major. CodeNC considers which strategies and emphases would provide solid foundations to computing and how to think like a computer scientist. Together we can make a statewide impact on the educational future of North Carolina.
We work with motivated high school teachers to brainstorm on some activities related to a subject in the curriculum.
We identify and bridge the gap between the current curricular areas and the target computational thinking content.
We design and create animated videos to explain the precise, modular instructional activities in a fun and engaging way.
We share the activities under the codeNC platform to any teacher who believes every student should learn computational thinking.