2021 Computer Science Education Week – APS Hour of Code

APS encourages and supports the integration of computer science throughout the entire school year, and we dedicate the month of December to celebrating the fun of coding!

Join us for our 2021 Computer Science Education Week which provides an opportunity to participate in the worldwide celebration of the “Hour of Code!” (more info: www.hourofcode.com) Our week of activities will offer a variety of coding and programming activities for students in grades PreK-8th grade and their families.

APS 2021 Hour of Code- Let’s Code Activities

Presenter Description MS Teams Links
Tara Linney

Equity in Computer Science Grades: 1st-5th grade students, teachers, and parents

Description: When we look at the field of technology, we see that it’s not nearly as diverse as it could or should be. To change this, we must start in education. Come learn how you can create equitable coding experiences for your students. Regardless of their racial, gender, cultural, or socio-economic background, ALL students can be empowered in learning how to code! In this session, participants will discover easy-to-implement strategies for making computer science more inclusive in their schools.

Suggested Materials: Khan Academy, Code.org, browser: Chrome or Edge


Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Let’s Code! Survey

David Lockett

Create with Raspberry Pi and LEGO SPIKE Prime Grades: 6th-12th grade students, teachers, and parents

Expand your creative digital skills and discover hands-on learning experiences with LEGO SPIKE Prime and Raspberry Pi.

Description: This session will enable fun and creative learning experiences for students, teachers, and makers. Learn how to use a Raspberry Pi to process sensor readings, run and manage motors, and query sensors.

Suggested Materials: Lego Spike Prime Kit, Raspberry Pi 4 Model B



Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Let’s Code! Survey

Wilfredo Padilla Melendez

Creative Coding

Grades: K-5th grade students, teachers, and parents

Description:¿Quieres aprender cómo puedes codificar utilizando BrainPOP? Acompaña al Sr. Padilla para ver cómo podemos crear una conversación y añadir sonidos en una escena. ||Do you want to learn how you can code using BrainPOP? Join Mr. Padilla to see how we can create a conversation and add sounds to a scene.

Suggested Materials: APS Issued iPad or laptop/desktop


Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Let’s Code! Survey

Pre Recorded Sessions
Robert Dudek

VEX Programming with Python Grades: 6th-8th grade students

Description: VEX Robotics has a cloud based programming environment to do block based and text based programming. Join me in a journey of both modes to see that you can be programming in a virtual environment in just minutes.

Suggested Materials: APS Issued iPad or laptop/desktop

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Let’s Code! Survey

Sandra Valentin

“Unplugged” Coding Activity (Session in Spanish) Grades: PK-2nd grade students

Description:  The students from primary grades can create a maze where they learn and discover a pattern that is used in coding: an “algorithm”. They will be using a paper grid and a blank pumpkin to draw/trace the grid squares on it. Students will create the pattern by providing their own instructions on how to start and exit the harvest maze, helping a ‘lost little girl’ find her family at the end of the maze.

Suggested Materials: scissors, pencil or marker, worksheets, glue

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Let’s Code! Survey

Dr. Sharon Gaston

Learn to Code Unplugged with Humpty Dumpty Who Always had a Great Fall Grades: PK-2nd grade students, teachers, and parents

Description: Participants will listen to a read-aloud of Humpty Dumpty Always Had a Great Fall written by Dr. Sharon Gaston. Next, they will play grid based, unplugged, coding game to get Humpty Dumpty to Grandma’s farm during the season of fall while trying to avoid the seasons of winter, spring, and summer.

Suggested Materials:  • A large piece of butcher paper • Humpty Dumpty Cut-Outs • 1 toilet paper tube • Scissors/tape or glue • Markers/crayons • Coding Cards (Printable) • Seasonal cut-outs • Start & Finish cut-outs

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Let’s Code! Survey

MS Teams Live Captions & Subtitles *Caption language: Arabic, Spanish, and English* To turn on live captions and subtitles:

  • On Closed captions button in your video controls
    • Select Caption/Subtitles
  • To change the caption language
    • Select settings Button. Captions/Subtitles, and
    • Choose the language you want

Search the hashtag #APScodes2020 on Twitter to see last school year activities.

#APScodes2021 Canvas Resource Course

We would like to thank all of the 2021 volunteers for making this yearly event possible: David Lockett, Tara Linney, Dr. Sharon Gaston, Robert Dudek, Wilfredo Padilla, and many APS staff members and student mentors. For ways to get involved with this annual event in Arlington Public Schools, please contact the STEM Specialist: rosalita.santiago@apsva.us