The Computer Science K-12 Express

Issue #7, December 22, 2017

Your weekly resource to discover what is happening in K-12 computer science around the district and the world. Feel free to use any of the ideas or resources in these newsletters as you prepare your computer science lessons that will be shared at the end of the Computer Science: Building a Foundation for Student-Choice course on February 7, 2018.

News You Can Use

Since we have some snow on the ground, we thought it would be fun to play with some code that will create a snowflake. To make the program run, click the '▶︎ Run' button. Here are the challenges:

  1. Change the color of the snowflake
  2. Change the size of the snowflake
  3. Make more that one snowflake

Need some help? Look here.

If you successfully complete all three challenges (even if you look at help), take a screenshot of each of the three and email me at to have your name entered into a drawing for a prize! Names will be drawn on Monday, January 8, 2018.

(This challenge was created by using, writing the code, and then linking for others to use. The code can also be embedded into most websites and learning management systems, like Canvas.)

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Connected Coding

The Makey Makey kits are in and available for check-out from the Weld RE-4 Computer Science Resources website. Find them on the appropriate grade level page and click on the Check-out button.

A Makey Makey is a small device that allows students to connect with a computer and create interactive experiences for others. For more information on what a Makey Makey is, click here. It might be what you are looking for to connect coding in your classes.

The video below has some more great ideas as to how Makey Makey's can be used in the classroom. More great resources are the Educator's Guide, Lesson Plans page, and the Sparkfun page which also has a link to a cool interactive blackout poetry lesson. There are so many resources on the web for Makey Makey's that it would take a very, very long time to list them all here, but here is one more (instructables) just for fun. Ok, two more (Makerspace for Education)!

This week in Computer Science

The Hour of Code might have ended, but once again it generated momentum around the world and in our schools for teaching students about computer science. According to the Computer Science Education Week website, The Hour of Code participation was 520,589,422 students and they wrote 21,552,763,516 lines of code. Wow! Thank you to everyone in the Weld RE-4 School District that participated. Below are some of the pictures from our twitter feeds @weldre4edtech that were posted by our teachers and principals.

Happy Holiday Wishes!

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