Computer Science Discoveries is a full-year introductory computer science survey course (can be implemented as two standalone semesters or as modules), developed by code.org, targeted at middle school. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.
URI is supporting the implementation of code.org's Computer Science Discoveries course for middle school as part of Rhode Island's CS4RI initiative. With code.org's support, we are providing professional development based on code.org's teacher training materials, and on-going support of trained teachers. This course will be piloted in Rhode Island during the 2017/18 school year.
Code.org offers their curriculum for free and URI is providing free teacher professional development training for middle schools to implement this course.CS Discoveries Course Materials