They have the hour of code and many additional pieces, including a curriculum for the CS Principles course.
Exploring Computer Science
Exploring Computer Science was developed to get more women and minorities into CS. Designed for a 7-9 audience this has all the curriculum standards you may need to get started.
Side note, Joanna Goode will be in Omaha this April, she was one of the creators of this course and is an advocate for CS in the schools. Her talk would be a great one to get an "on the fence" administrator to see the value of these courses for all students.
This text is the one Kristeen uses with her middle schoolers at Westside. Though there are many tutorials and resources online it is often nice to have a text for students to utilize.
The Beauty and Joy of Computing
A course designed to cover the content of the CS Principles course, this uses the SNAP! programming language. The first few units are great resources for a middle school classroom or unit on CS.
Mobile CSP teaches the CS Principles course using Android App Inventor. There are many tutorials on App Inventor but this packages everything as a course. They have a program that will pay teachers to go through the summer PD and to implement the course the following year.
Gadgets and Toys:
Getting started with merge cube: https://miniverse.io/cube-start/en
A robot that follows a line on paper, colors can be used to "code" for the bot to make it perform different tasks.
Dash and Dot Robots
The dash and dot robots can be controlled by a phone or tablet. The robots are controlled through different apps that get more in-depth depending on the child's ability.
Another controllable gadget that can use block language to move or can be controlled through more user friendly methods.
The finch is a popular robot for teaching coding skills. It works well with the ECS curriculum.
Contests & Activities:
UNO CS ED Week
UNO is hosting several events during CS Ed Week including a Middle School Exploring Computing Day.
Code Crush is an event focused on Women in IT. Girls in 8-9th grade can be nominated for a spot in the 3-day immersive event. This is a great experience for students and one I would highly recommend.
Cyberpatriot offers elementary, middle and high school contests to get students more excited and experienced in the world of information security.
PicoCTF is a capture the flag security competition. The questions start easy and encourage students to explore concepts in security.
National Center for Women & Information Technology. They have an annual award for women in IT and are a great resource for CS activities that help to encouage women in IT.
Important Organizations and Contacts:
CSTA - National Chapter
Offers support and resources for all teachers of Computer Science. This is a fantastic resource and advocate for CS in schools. Membership is free!
CSTA - Omaha
We meet on the second Monday of the month in PKI from 6:30 - 7:30. Otherwise we use our e-mail list to send out info on upcoming contests, awards or news about CS in Omaha or Nebraska.
Community Chair of Computer Science Education
Director of Cybersecurity Studies -Bellevue University, Champion of Security Education
Digital designs for Physical obljects! It's a universe of things where you can download files and build them with a 3-D printer or laswercutter. Check it out!