Kids Can Code: Computer Science for Early Learners

October 1st, 2014 - September 30th, 2015 | PROJECT

In partnership with Future Makers and several Maryland public libraries, the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) will teach children ages 4 to 7 the basic principles of programming through the use of Primo, an open-source robotics platform. With Primo, children use blocks to create algorithms that guide a robot through a maze. This will establish a foundation for learning more advanced programming skills later on, set early learners on the path to fluency in computer science, and establish a stronger mindset in computational thinking through play and experimentation. As Primo does not rely on a computer screen, the program will be replicable in a variety of environments; the curriculum will also be inclusive to young children with varying degrees of ability.

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Team Members

Liz Sundermann, Principal Investigator, Maryland Department of Education


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Award Number: SP-02-14-0066-14
Funding Amount: $23,410


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Computing and information science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Library Programs | Public Programs