Our Computer Science Fundamentals courses have about 15 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Students create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games or stories they can share.
If you like teaching CS Fundamentals, invite other teachers by sharing this handout.
Our curriculum aligns to the newly revised 2017 CSTA standards and is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach. For more information about our goals and approach to our courses, please see our curriculum values and our professional learning values.
For students new to computer science, each course begins with a grade-appropriate entry point and structured ramp-up of concepts. The progression of Courses A-F builds upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. This allows you to use the same course at any grade level for all students, regardless of their experience. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive course, the Express Course combines the best of Courses A-F into a single condensed course (with a simpler option for pre-readers). You can download version 2 of the curriculum guide for Courses A-F here.
If you've been teaching Courses 1-4 and want to know how to transition to teaching Courses A-F, check out our Transition Guide.
CS Fundamentals Express combines the best of Courses A-F into a single condensed course (with a simpler option for pre-readers). We recommend Courses A-F for most classrooms, but if your school only offers one computer science course or you want to have your students work through multiple courses in a single year, the Express course is a better choice. By removing the ramp up between years, the express course provides a smoother path and doesn’t repeat concepts for students. This is also our recommended option for students studying computer science on their own, outside of a classroom.
We are working on translating Courses A-F and the Express Course to languages beyond English. In the meantime, we recommend using Courses 1-4 and the Accelerated Course. These courses cover the same basic concepts and have already been translated into 25+ languages.
If you don't have computers in your classroom, these unplugged lessons can either be used alone or with other computer science lessons on related concepts.
Recommended courses from 3rd parties
|Code Monkey||Over 300 story modes & skill mode challenges. Can be taught full year, 1/2 year, or quarterly. $10/student||Free online course, $250/webinar, $3500/onsite PD|
|Code Red Education||150 lessons over 7 modules, $3500/site||Online PD included with site fee|
|Project Lead The Way||6 10-hour computer science modules, $750/school||Face-to-face and online, $700 for school-level lead teacher|
|ScratchEd||A 6-unit intro to Scratch, FREE||In-person educator meet-ups and online MOOC, FREE|
|Tynker||Free tools, tutorials, and a 6-hr introductory lesson plan. 200+ lessons with assessments: $399/class, $2,000/school||2-day PD, $2000/day + travel|