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Excellent Free Resources from Google to Teach Kids Coding and Computer Science

February 23, 2015
Google Computer Science First is a free program launched by Google in 2013 to help students enhance their computer science education through a variety of after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and volunteers. The materials provided by Google CS First are free and available online and each of these materials include lesson plans to help you use them with your students.  These materials include:

1- Music and Sound


Play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display. Learn how programming is used to create music. Check out lesson plans.

2- Fashion and Design


Learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like: a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker. Check out lesson plans.

3- Storytelling


Use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity, with club members telling a unique story each day. Check out lesson plans.

4- Art


Create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects. Check out lesson plans.

5- Friends


Create projects for a friend! Students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club! Projects include things like: telling the story of how the friendship started, making a cooperative game and imagining a company together. Check out lesson plans.

6- Game Design


Learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, like: racing, platform, launching and more! Check out lesson plans.

No computer science experience is necessary to host or volunteer. CS First provides all the training and materials you need to successfully run and lead a CS First club. All training and materials are free and available online. If you are hosting a club in the United States, you can also request materials at no cost to you. Click here to get started.


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