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CS K8 Resources

(resources listed by “area” in alphabetical order, and by age/grade)

Check out these K8 CS resources (feel free to add things as you see fit):

Board Games:

  • Turtle
  • Robo Rally

Books:    

  • Curriculum:CSTA K-8 Computer Science - Building a Solid Foundation: This document is a comprehensive look at K-8 CS. You will find dozens of articles offering a variety  of perspectives and examples of implementation and engagement for  younger students. Suitable for grades K-8+

  • Computer Science Unplugged: a series of lessons that teach CS concepts without a computer. Suitable for K8+ and includes a teacher’s edition that focuses on K-5.

  • Traveling Circuits: lesson plans for activities that teach computer science concepts without the use of a computer. Suitable for K8+.

  • Computer Science for Fun: Site explores how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles,creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.  Reinforces computer science concepts without the use of a computer.  Suitable for 5-8+

iPad Coding Apps 

  • Bee-Bot - The new Bee-Bot App from TTS Group has been developed based on our well-loved, award-winning Bee-Bot floor robot. The app makes use of Bee-Bot’s keypad functionality and enables children to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns. Cost - FREE

  • Bee-Bot-Pyramid - A fun educational Numeracy game which encourages directional language, sequencing and problem solving. The Bee-Bot app
  • teaches children how to direct and move their Bee-Bot character by giving it a set of sequential commands that they program by pressing the keypad buttons.   Cost $0.99

  • Cato’s Hike Lite or Cato’s Hike - Cato is a little boy who just like every little boy likes to go out and play. One fine day Cato was playing outside when a portal to another world opened up in front of him; a portal to another world! Cato stepped through and discovered that this world unlike his own didn’t follow the same rules. Every time he tried to take a step or an action he’d find himself stuck in place. Stuck that is until he finally discovered the rules in this universe: by writing a program for himself he would be able to overcome all obstacles and learn something new along the way! Cost - Free or $4.99 

  • Coddy Free or Coddy Luck (Free or $1.99) - CODDY FREE is an original educational tool with the MAIN OBJECTIVE of creating a sequence of steps so that the pencil Coddy can draw a pattern you have chosen from the menu or created by yourself. DO YOU THINK IT IS EASY? There are max. 220 rows to be filled in and there are 7 basic commands to be used. NOW, CAN YOU MAKE IT?

  • Codea - great app that is a programming environment for programming in Lua (like processing or python). Rich in resources, examples and programming tools. Lua is also the scripting language in World of Warcraft. For advanced 5/6th graders and above. It is a great intro language when starting text based languages. ($9.99)

  • Daisy The Dinosaur: Daisy the Dinosaur is a great introduction to scratch / logo programming for young learners.  It is available for iPad. Daisy the Dinosaur is made by the people who created Hopscotch. Suitable for grades K-2.

  • i-Logo - LOGO was created in 1967 for educational use, is a computer programming language with functional programming capability. This version of LOGO is an interpreted language, but isn’t a lite version. Functional programming with global and local variables is implemented.

  • Kodable or Kodable Pro (Free or $0.99) - The fuzzFamily crashed their spaceship on Smeeborg and need your help to explore the planet’s Technomazes. Use your finger to drag and drop instructions for your fuzzes to follow. Then hit Play to watch them roll through the maze with curiosity. BEWARE: Fuzzes are very LOGICAL and will follow every command exactly as you tell them! Get rewarded with stars, coins, and even EXTRA members of the fuzzFamily as you successfully complete mazes. Beautifully designed with little ones in mind, Kodable Pro comes with 3 worlds and 90 levels of programmable fun!  

  • Move the Turtle: According to the website, Move The Turtle teaches children (ages 5+) the basics of programming. ($2.99)

  • RoboLogic 2 HD Lite or RoboLogic 2 HD (Free or $1.99) - Robo Logic 2 HD, the successor of the popular iPhone puzzle game “Robo Logic”, redesigned for the iPad. You have to “program” a robot’s movements by dragging commands to the memory of the bot. Your goal is to activate all the marked boxes. Very soon you will realize though that using only the main memory is not enough and you will have to start creating and calling re-usable functions to achieve the goal.

Programming Languages

For starting in kindergarten

  • Blockly: Blockly is a web-based, open source, graphical programming editor that can be embedded into a larger project. Blockly was influenced by App Inventor and Scratch. Users can export their programs as JavaScript or Python code. Suitable for grades  K-8+

  • Kinderlogo: a programming language in which students don’t need to know how to read.  Suitable for preK2. Software and curriculum for purchase.

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Ladybug Leaf & Ladybug Mazes: Virtual manipulative that provides students with an environment similar to the Logo programming environment that allows them to create, try out and revise plans.  Suitable for grades K-5.  Two price points. One free and one charge.

  • ScratchJr: a project led by Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers and her DevTech Research Group at Tufts University and by Prof. Mitch Resnick from the Lifelong Kindergarten at the MIT Media Lab.  It is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The ScratchJr project aims to develop and study the next generation of innovative technologies and curricular materials to support integrated STEM learning in early childhood education.  We are developing, implementing, and evaluating a new version of the Scratch programming language, designed specifically for early childhood education.

  • TurtleArt: Turtle Art lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle like blocks. This kind of programming is inspired by the LOGO programming language. It was designed to be easy enough for children and yet powerful enough for people of all ages. Turtle Art is focused on making images while allowing you to explore geometry and programming. Suitable for grades 1-8+

For starting in 3rd grade

  • Kodu: a visual programming language used to create video games. Contains built in tutorials. Suitable for grades 3-8+.

  • Lego WeDo: a visual programming language used to create simple LEGO robots. Materials and software required; available here. Suitable for grades 3-5+.

  • Microworlds: MicroWorlds JR for Pre-K to Grade 4 puts your child in full control. No reading is necessary. It's easy to learn and use with simple, point & click operations and child friendly symbols. Encourages children to explore mathematical and other "big" ideas such as number, geometry, patterns & movement.  Suitable for grades 3-8”.

  • Processing: a text based programming language focusing on artistic creation. Find teacher created curriculum here. Download Free IDE or use Khan Academy’s online version on their CS platform. Has some introductory videos on the site. Suitable for grades 3-8+.

  • Scratch: a visual programming language to create 2D animations. Suitable for grades 3-8+.  Find scratch curriculum here that is created by teachers.

  • SNAP!: a visual programming language which is an extension of Scratch. Users can create their own blocks in SNAP! Suitable for grades 3-8+

  • Tynker: a visual programming language based on Scratch that include tutorials and classroom management for teachers. Suitable for grades 3-8+.

For starting in middle school

  • Alice: An Educational Software that teaches students computer programming in a 3D environment.  Suitable for grades 6-8+

  • App Inventor: a visual programming language for the creation of mobile apps. Suitable for grades 6-8+. Includes tutorials and curriculum guides.

  • Bootstrap: a text based programming language that uses algebra and geometry concepts to create video games. Comes with curriculum. Suitable for grades 6-8+.

  • Codecademy: Interactive platform for learning to code.  (need additional info)

  • CodeHS: student directed curriculum teaching text based programming. Suitable for grades 6-8+.  Free to try, but schools must purchase license.

  • GameMaker: a text based programming language used to create video games with built-in tutorials. Suitable for grades 6-8+.

  • GameSalad: GameSalad is a visual programming environment that is easy to use, but not as simple as Scratch. The platform is distinct for its large library of graphics (plus the ability to create your own) and the ease-of-use to publish games for PC and Mac computers for free (and mobile devices for a fee). Suitable grades 6-8+

  • Hackety Hack:  Will teach you the absolute basics of programming from the ground up. No previous programming experience is needed! With Hackety Hack, you'll learn the Ruby programming language. Ruby is used for all kinds of programs, including desktop applications and websites (for Windows Environment)

  • LearnStreet: online tutorials for students to learn text based programming languages. Suitable for grades 6-8+.  Built-in teacher dashboard and educator resources.

  • Lua -  there are many tools that use this great first language. One of the best is the iPad app, Codea.

  • Looking Glass: Looking Glass enables user to program 3D animated stories.  Looking uses a drag and drop programming interface to make coding easier to pick up and to reduce potential errors. Using Looking Glass, novice programmers can pick up key programming concepts like parallel actions, iterations, conditionals and object-oriented code.  An Alice derivative.

  • Microsoft Small Basic: With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming. (need additional info)

  • Squeakland EToys: An educational tool for teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways. A media-rich authoring environment and visual programming system. A free software program that works on almost all personal computers (insert age range)

  • Starlogo TNG: StarLogo TNG is a 3D modeling and simulation software that might serve as a follow up programming environment for students proficient with Scratch. It brings a blocks-based programming interface, allowing for importing of sound files and 3D models, that make it a great tool for programming educational video games, simulations, and models of complex systems. Suitable for grades 4-8+

Logic Puzzles

  • Beta - is a game that teaches game design, computer programming and analytical thinking

  • Botlogic - On-line logic game to help teach children (and adults) how to program. Suitable for grades K-8+

  • Kodable - Kodable is an educational iPad game providing a kid friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving to kids 5 and up. Curriculum will be available. Suitable for grades K-5.

  • Lightbot: a visual programming language with built-in levels for users to advance through. Suitable for grades 3-8+. Light Bot:   (light, online, flash version), there is also a version available for the iPad or Android

  • Robozzle -  (two versions, one on-line and one IPad app)

Physical Computing

  • Arduino: Use the IDE (similar to Processing) or Modkit (similar to Scratch) to program this open source hardware. Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language(based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).
  • Beaglebone:  Beaglebone is an $89 MSRP, credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects to the Internet and runs software such as an Android 4.0 and Ubuntu.  With plenty of I/O and processing power for real-time analysis provided by an AM335x 720MHz ARM® processor, BeagleBone can be complemented with cape plug-in boards to augment functionality.

  • Leap Motion:  The Leap Motion Controller senses how you move your hands the way you naturally move them. So you can point, wave, reach, and grab. Even pick something up and put it down. Just like in real life. It’s an amazing device for the things you do every day and for things you never thought you could do.  Suitable for grades 3-8+ $$

  • Kinect2Scratch  - Kinect2Scratch allows data from the Microsoft Kinect controller be sent to Scratch, the programming language for kids from the MIT Media Laboratory.   This means that anyone can write programs with motion control, use gestures, make kinetic games and generally leap about having fun.  All you need is a Kinect with its own power supply (Kinects bundled with an XBox will need a separate cable).  Suitable for grades 3-8+. Free

  • MakeyMakey: MakeyMakey provides learners with the opportunity to control the keyboard by completing circuits. Anything that is a conductor of electricity can be used by clipping the alligator clips and completing the circuit.  Great for use with Scratch, creating game controllers, etc.  Suitable grades 3-8.

  • Modkit: Visual programming environment for microcontrollers (Arduino, Lilypad, etc.) Similar to Scratch and great for kids. (need additional info)

  • PicoBoards: Using the Scratch programming language, you can easily create simple interactive programs based on the input from sensors. Designed for educators and beginners, the PicoBoard is a good way to get into the very basics of programming and reading sensors.  Suitable for grades 3-8+. Check website for cost.

  • Raspberry Pi:   The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
  • Sonic Pi:  A video describing the software app that runs on Pi that teaches kids programming concepts like loops while letting them create MIDI music.

Robotics

  • Bee-Bot: Bee-Bot is a good physical robot that K-2 students can control. Can connect to a related iPad app or web software/Kinderlogo. Software and curriculum for purchase.  Suitable for grades K-6

  • Cubelets: A Robot construction kit.  By combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex behavior. Suitable for K-6+  Educator discounts and curriculum.

  • Finch Robot: The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab.  The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old.

  • Hummingbird Robotics: Hummingbird is designed to enable engineering and robotics activities for ages 10 and up that involve the making of robots, kinetic sculptures, and animatronics built out of a combination of kit parts and crafting materials. (need additional info)

  • I-Play: Robotics for ages 5+.  Perfect introduction to beginning

  • LEGO NXT Robotics: a visual programming language used to build LEGO robots. Must purchase materials and software. Suitable for grades 3-8+. Free curriculum for grades 6-8  that relate programming to STEM subjects.

Unplugged:

  • Computer Science Unplugged: a series of lessons that teach CS concepts without a computer. Suitable for K8+ and includes a teacher’s edition that focuses on K-5.

  • Traveling Circuits: lesson plans for activities that teach computer science concepts without the use of a computer. Suitable for K8+.

  • Computer Science for Fun: Site explores how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles,creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.  Reinforces computer science concepts without the use of a computer.  Suitable for 5-8+

Web Development:

  • Go Berserk -  A book (and website) plus a IPad App to teach children to build websites.  Curriculum also available to purchase. Check website for current cost. $$ Suitable for grades 3-8+.

  • Mozilla Thimble: Thimble makes it ridiculously simple for students create their own web pages. Write and edit HTML and CSS right in the browser. Students can Instantly preview their work. There are also ready made projects for students to use to introduce them to the basics of HTML. Suitable for grades 4-8+

  • Mozilla Hackasaurus: Hackasaurus allows kids to remix/change/mod their favorite web sites via a visual toolset. It's based on the idea of revealing the structure of web programming to move students from passive consumers of the digital media to active producers. Suitable for grades 5+


Maker Movement:

Mission:

The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement. We are building community networks of families, leaders, educators, mentors, and organizations to nurture young makers.

Maker Resources (added by Adrienne Gifford)

All resources are suitable for K-8