Hood College, Frederick, has been awarded $43,000 from the Maryland Center for Computing Education to lead a Computational Thinking Partnership with Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick Community College and Maryland Codes.

Twenty-five participants from Hood, FCPS and FCC will receive professional development addressing the K-12 Computer Science Framework and Maryland’s K-12 Computer Science Standards through a 37.5-hour, six-day educational experience. Designed and delivered by Hood computer science and education faculty, FCPS specialists and Maryland Codes partners, this training will help students learn how to integrate computer science into K-8 STEM curriculum and teaching.

The training will be tailored to students who have no prior knowledge of computer science, and it will cover topics such as networks and the internet, system relationships, human-computer interaction, and privacy and security. Participants will engage in basic computer science activities first as students and then look at the same activities as teachers. They will envision implementing these activities in the K-8 classroom, and they will think about challenges they could face, how to support students who are learning computational thinking and computer science, and how to incorporate these ideas into the already full curriculum.

Hood’s support and collaborations with FCPS, FCC, and Maryland Codes make this a unique program in the region. The 25 participant slots will be filled from the applicant pool of Hood and FCC education students and FCPS mentors.

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