Computer Science Standards Through Animation
September 1, 2019.
In September of 2018, the State Board of Education approved California’s first-ever computer science standards. “As a forward-leaning state and home to Silicon Valley, California’s new standards will not only enable students to understand how their digital world works but will encourage critical thinking and discussion about the broader ethical and social implications and questions related to the growing capabilities of technology,” said State Board Member Trish Williams. However, before implementation begins it is crucial that educators are able to understand the focus and purpose of each standard. This past summer I worked on developing graphic tools to help provide visualizations and examples of each k-12 standard. I used an online Java Script library called P5.JS that emphasizes on making coding accessible to artists, designers, educators, and beginners. In the end, I was able to construct two interactive tools for two different 6th grade standards.
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly SLO)
The 2019 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Program under Grant #1836335 and 1340110, the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.