There are so many opportunities for kids to experiment and play with technology, but preparing students to be creators instead of consumers doesn’t only happen in front of a computer! Tiny Techies will help students build computational thinking and problem-solving skills, be creative, and practice working together. In an increasingly technology-driven world, these are all skills that will help them as they grow and prepare for jobs that don’t yet exist. The best part is that we’ll do this through hands-on activities that will get them moving, building, and thinking!
- Funding through the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund and can be used for all of our computer science professional development options.
- 1 hr of teacher relicensure or grad credit available through the AEA
Our Tiny Techies professional development supports PreK–2nd grade teachers with training on foundational computer science concepts and how they relate to some of our youngest learners. You will experience engaging lessons that can tie into other content areas and help students become creative problem solvers. The one day workshop includes many of the materials that are used in lessons:
- Hello Ruby books
- Cubetto robot base set
- Additional Cubetto mats + books
- Learning Beautiful materials
- Tangrams set
- Squishy Circuit materials
- Snap Circuits Jr. set
Examples of activities we will be doing:
- Discover and ask, “Where are the computers around us?”
- Pattern recognition and breaking down problems into smaller parts
- Explore electricity using conductive playdough, Snap Circuits, and more
- Integrating computer science and literacy
- Explore programming concepts (functions, loops, decisions) through movement and food
- Thursday, August 5th; 8:30am-3pm CST; Cedar Rapids, IA
- Registration will close on July 20th
- Saturday, October 2nd; 8:30-3pm; Virtual
- Registration will close on September 14th
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NewBoCo is the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. Our role includes providing quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships and acting as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement. NewBoCo will work with schools and provide networking and collaboration events for computer science teachers.
Learn about our partnership with Code.org and our impact on Osage Community Schools through our computer science curriculum. Both teachers and students have learned coding skills to build better futures.
Interested in more resources to encourage your students along? Check out our Resources page!