Participation Kit - for Computer Science Teachers
Need help organizing an event to celebrate Computer Science Education Week? Check out our tips below.
NOTE: Computer science can be celebrated throughout the year, not just in December. Highlight activities whenever it’s convenient for you, your students, and your school!
How can you promote computer science during CS Ed Week?
1) Host an event
2) Host other CS Ed Week events (instead of, or in addition to, the Hour of Code)
- Make sure to see NCWIT's 10 ways to recruit girls to CS for ideas on activities to grow participation by women.
- Do an open house of your course offerings for parents and explain how CS connects to 21st century jobs.
- Pitch CS education to your local school board, superintendent, or principal. Start with these PowerPoint slides, this video, or these talking points.
- Reach out to your local four year college's CS department chair about having your students visit the campus.
- Reach out to your local chamber of commerce to have students visit a local employer that depends on computing professionals.
3) Recruit broader support for Computer Science
- Send one of these sample emails to your local representatives, city council, or school board and invite them to visit your school for the Hour of Code. It can help build support for computer science in your area beyond one hour.
- Promote the Hour of Code in your community. Recruit a local group — boy/girl scouts club, church, university, veterans group, labor union, or even some friends. You don't have to be in school to learn new skills.
Use these posters, banners, stickers, videos and more for your own event.
4) Recruit other groups in your community
- Any group can host an Hour of Code, whether it is a church, scouts club, local university, library, YMCA, veterans association, or labor union. If you have connections to any such organizations, reach out to them, send them a participation guide, and encourage them to visit https://csedweek.org and participate.