Project Spark

  • Location
    Manalapan, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years

The Problem

Women make up only about 18% of computer science degrees in the United States.

Our Plan

To get more girls interesting in coding, I will conduct a program in a local library to introduce and teach the basics of coding.

Themes Addressed

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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

The students that participated in my program were very engaged and asked many questions, which meant that they were paying attention and learning. Once the program was completed, most of the students were confident in their ability to use block code from Scratch.

Through this project I/we learned:

I understood how much patience teachers need to teach students in 4-6 grade. I learned that when working with younger kids, you must be adaptable because if a student doesn't understand something, you must wait and help them understand. This means that I might fall behind schedule so I might not get everything I planned completed.

What I/we might change:

If I do repeat this project, I would make my lesson plane more flexible so I am able to allot more time to helping the students understand the code and how it works.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of this project was when the student understood how the code worked and was able to code their own game. They were always delighted when their code finally worked.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

When teaching students, I realized that it is important to understand how to get a specific group of students interested in what you are teaching. Some students prefer visuals, whereas others just want it explained out loud. It is important to try and incorporate both styles of teaching in the program.

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