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[COMPUTER SCIENCE] INNOVATE

OUR IMPACT

63%

OF STUDENTS IMPROVED THEIR CS SKILLS

85%

OF STUDENTS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN FUTURE CS OPPORTUNITIES

The [Computer Science] Innovate program ([CS]I) was established in 2019 to introduce the basics of computer sciences to the San Mateo and Santa Clara County school districts—communities that are furthest from such opportunities.

“[CS]I is a good combination of head, hand, and heart knowledge. Students are able to apply their knowledge of computer science directly to a physical product while being given opportunities to create projects of their own passion”
- [CS]I SUMMER PROGRAM TEACHER
“I’ve really enjoyed every second I've spent in this class and hope to join again. I loved all the projects you gave and had a wonderful time coding with the tools you gave us. In the future I will try my hardest to become an engineer and maybe even teach other kids.”
- 7TH GRADE STUDENT

PROGRAM APPROACH

DIVERSE STUDENTS

MAKING + THINKING DESIGN

PHYSICAL COMPUTING

CODING

CURRICULUM

The [CS]I program is offered to students identified by participating school districts. We invite 6th–10th grade students who are selected to enroll in our Summer 2024 [CS]I Program. [CS]I classes typically start in mid-June and run through mid-July with each district having its respective program dates, times, and locations.

6th - 8th GRADE CURRICULUM

19 PROGRAM DAYS

  • Utilizes Micro:bit for the seamless integration of programming and physical computing.

  • Centered on the four pillars of computational thinking: algorithm, decomposition, patterns, and abstraction.

  • Digital resources and individually packed students material kits for distance learning.

  • Research validated evaluation instruments.

9th - 10th GRADE CURRICULUM

24 PROGRAM DAYS

  • Engages students in comprehensive Python programming, offering a robust understanding of fundamental concepts and real-world applications.

  • Incorporates hands-on learning with Circuit Playground Express (CPX), enabling students to connect programming skills with physical computing and Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Includes integrated modules from Cisco Networking Academy, allowing students the opportunity to earn a Cisco Academy Digital Badge.

COMPUTER SCIENCE INNOVATE PARTNERS

CODE.ORG

Code.org is a leader and computer science outreach and an official sponsor of the nationwide Hour of Code. Through SV[e]F's partnership with Code.org, [CS]I organizes Hour of Code and Code Night events in schools across the Bay Area.

WELLS FARGO CHANGE THE FUTURE GRANT

Wells Fargo and SV[e]F have partnered together to offer mid-size grants to schools with 50% or above free and/or reduced lunch in Santa Clara County. Schools can apply for up to $5000 to start or continue a computer science program in their school.

Grant Winners School Year 2019–20

(Announced February 2020)​

Thomas Ryan Elementary (Alum Rock Unified)

Horace Cureton Elementary (Alum Rock Unified School District)

 James Lick High School (East Side Union School District)

LeyVa Middle School (Evergreen School District)

Sunrise Middle School (SCCOE)

Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School (Alum Rock Unified School District)

Downtown College Prep El Primero High School (San Jose Unified School District)

Orchard Elementary (Orchard School District)

 Eliot Elementary (Gilroy Unified School District)

For any questions, please contact Seung Lee at seung@svef.com.

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