December 3rd to December 9th is Computer Science Week, and schools all across the country will be doing all sorts of coding and computer science activities! Learning Blade is joining in on the CS mania by offering Hour of Learning Blade, which puts a particular focus on computer science careers.
Anthony Owen, Chief State STEM Officer of Arkansas, recently invited all AR schools and others nationally to include Hour of Learning Blade as one of the activities for 2018 Computer Science Week! Along with Arkansas, Putnam County Schools in Florida will integrate an Hour of Learning Blade into their Middle Schools. Will your school join the Hour of Learning Blade movement?
To make a permanent and lasting impact in the quality of the computer science workforce, we must start in the years when students decide on their interests, general education and career pathway. The Learning Blade Hack Attack Mission, one of 12 Learning Blade Missions, introduces student to careers in computer science industries, creating awareness of the variety of occupations available while contextualizing and illustrating the impact of these careers and industries on society. By demonstrating the benefits to both students and society of computer science careers, Learning Blade is proven to build students’ interest in these career paths.
Learning Blade’s Hack Attack Mission, developed in cooperation with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and TATA Consultancy Services (TCS), focuses on computer science careers. While Computer Science Week focuses on coding skills, it is important to also highlight careers that use these skills. The Hack Attack mission has math, science, English and social studies lessons about the careers of Information Security Analyst, Software Engineer, UI/UX Designer, Data Scientist, and Web Developer, in addition there are lesson on Cyber Security, Cloud Computer, Mobile Applications and more.
The Hack Attack mission contains 40 exciting CS related activities aligned to state standards. Exciting lesson titles such as Creating a Visual Interface, If I Were a Hacker, IQ vs. AI, Who is Watching You, DIY APP Math, Hot Spot or Not, Protecting the Cloud and The Math of Security allow students to better understand the impact of CS careers and skills on society.
STEMconnector® is a proud supporter of the Hour of Learning Blade and joins their support with the Arkansas Department of Education, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) , STEMx, Million Women Mentors®, Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, ID STEM Action Center, National Rural Education Association, Ohio Small Rural Schools Collaborative, Berea Educational Partners, and Florida STEM2Hub.
To participate in the Hour of Learning Blade schools can use their current license OR visit www.learningblade.com/HOUR for a free express version of the activity!