Computer Science Essentials

with KUBO

Grade Band: 3-5

About

Computer Science Essentials teaches block-based programming, cyber safety, and core digital citizenship principles so students can learn the essential introductory computer science knowledge they need to be successful and safe in today’s changing world.

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Topic Coverage

  • Cyber safety
  • Digital citizenship
  • How computers work
  • Careers in technology
  • Introductory computer science topics (block based programming)

About KUBO

KUBO is an award-winning and fun educational coding solution that is designed specifically to help students as young as four learn coding and computational thinking in order to encourage a whole new generation of learners to develop 21st-century skills.

Course Format

STEAM connections
Teacher lesson plans
Remote, live, or hybrid delivery
Incorporates 5 SEL competencies
Utilizes block based programming
Worksheets for students

More than Introductory Computer Science

All of the materials are “turn-key” so that they require no previous instructional experience from the teacher in the realm of coding, programming or computer science in order to be effectively taught. This course goes beyond being an introductory computer science course and includes units on topics including:

  • Cyber Safety
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Hardware and Software
  • Careers in Technology
  • Computational Thinking
  • Algorithms
  • The Internet
  • App Design
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STEAM Connections

S

Students will learn about the functions and foundational principles of sequencing, algorithms, loops, and if- statements.

T

Students will be taught the rules of safe digital interaction, and the core principles of cybersecurity, online safety, and digital citizenship.

E

Students will learn about the basic hardware and software makeup of computers and the impact of each component on the larger system.

A

Students will understand the concepts 'copyright’ and ‘plagiarism’ to not only protect their content online but to also give credit to artists and creators when credit is due.

M

The program will have students apply core math concepts including pattern recognition, estimation, and calculating percentages.

SEL Connections

This course is built with the 5 SEL competencies in mind.

Self-Awareness: Students will be given the chance to recognize where they can begin setting goals in order to successfully organize and reach objectives.

Self-Management: Students will develop their time management skills by having a mixture of “explore time” and “assignment time” where they will be required to learn and practice along with the instructor.

Social Awareness: Students will develop their social skills by working together with their teammates as they learn the core principles of teamwork and effective communication.

Responsible Decision Making: An exceptionally important skill in school, the workplace, and at home students will see and learn the value teamwork brings to their lives.

Relationship Skills: Students build and maintain healthy relationships with other players through community, cooperation, trade, and peacefully resolving conflict.