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About CS First

Overview of CS First

CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials that engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Facilitators use the video content to teach kids coding basics with Scratch, a block-based coding tool. CS First is available online at http://g.co/csfirst and can be used by anyone, in any setting (in school, after school, or outside of school).

What is a CS First club?

  • A club consists of a group of students working on projects related to a specific theme.
  • Each theme contains 8 activities and each activity can take roughly 60-75 minutes to complete (depending on the experience level of your students).
  • Activities include instructional videos that guide students through creating a project in Scratch.
  • Students typically work independently, but they are encouraged to collaborate with one another and share their work.

Process to set up a CS First club

  1. You set up a club online
  2. We provide the content and materials, all for free
  3. You host the club

Minimum requirements to host a CS First club

Anyone can run a club anywhere as long as you have:

  1. Students
  2. Computers
  3. Internet
  4. Headphones (recommended but not required)

While our content targets students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14) you are welcome to try CS First with students outside of that range. We recommend reviewing the student content to see if CS First is a good fit for you and your students.

Benefits of a CS First Club

Setting up a CS First club allows you to:

  • Request physical materials
  • Track student progress
  • Access tools to help you manage your club
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