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Friday, June 3 • 1:40pm - 3:50pm
Reaching Science Standards by Coding a Micro:bit (in-person)

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It can be challenging to fully cover the Colorado Academic Standards in Science in an upper elementary and middle school classroom in engaging and innovative ways. Participants will discover how to engage students through phenomenon-based learning that incorporates age-appropriate cyber components, programming, and the science standards.

Participants will experience sample lessons and learn how to use the BBC micro:bit to motivate and engage students. Participants will use the free online Microsoft MakeCode simulator and view demonstrations of programs running on actual micro:bits. No previous experience with coding is required, but participants are asked to bring a laptop or tablet.

The lessons that will be shared include much more than just coding. The lessons have students working in teams, engaging in critical reflection, developing models, and sharing their ideas in speaking and writing. Engineering Design is also used to make ideas more concrete as students apply what they have learned to solve real-world problems and design solutions.

CYBER.ORG will provide each participant with access to their many resources which are always free to teachers in the United States.

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Benjamin Williamson

Curriculum Development Specialist, CYBER.ORG
With a background in sociology and STEM education programs, Benjamin brings a creative perspective to CYBER.ORG’s elementary and middle school curriculum. Benjamin is active in community theatre and is always busy writing, filming, creating, and learning.https://www.l... Read More →
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Tommy Gober

Curriculum Development Specialist, CYBER.ORG
Tommy Gober is a curriculum development specialist for CYBER.ORG and lives in the Houston area. Tommy taught computer science, computer hardware, networking and other technology classes in northeast Texas.He is a doctoral candidate researching cyber education with UTRGV in Brownsville... Read More →

Friday June 3, 2022 1:40pm - 3:50pm MDT

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