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Take a little time to have some holiday fun with these sites. Holiday cards, snow line and decorating cookies are on the agenda.


Watch this Chat with Deb to see some great sites to share with your students for a little holiday fun.

Sites shared in this video:

Free printable cards


Cookie Decorating

Build a Snowman

Another Build a Snowman

Hopefully you and your students find some time to enjoy a little fun and play before or during your holiday break.


STEM Snacks: Coding successes

Posted by glen_w Dec 15, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 8.47.46 PM.pngParticipating in this year’s Hour of Code led to unexpected  results. Students participated during our school's “FLEX” time. During FLEX, most students watch a movie or get help from a teacher. Overall 60% of those who did coding in my classroom were young women. I pondered why I saw more young ladies participating. I reflected on how I promoted coding.
      1. I shared the story of a Utah young lady who set a goal to have her app available for download by May of this year. She was successful (though it was launched under her father’s name because of her age.) The story was popular with both young man and women at my school.
        • Her app is called "Hue App" and is a free download.
      2. I told students how people who learn coding skills find it benefits other jobs.
      3. I mentioned the fun and good pay associated with coding.

Students were  surprised when I directed them to and did not lecture on what they were to do. I explained the variety of coding “games” available and said, “Please select what you wish to do. If you get stuck, you may ask me for help. I, however, am not here to teach you coding. Often the best coders are able to solve problems on their own.” I enjoyed seeing students leading their own learning.

My middle school plans to add a coding course next year. Our computer science teachers are excited about the new course. Our math teachers learned that being “endorsed to teach math” means they are endorsed to teach this “coding course."

STEM Snack questions: Please respond to these questions in a comment below:
  • Describe your experiences with Hour of Code? (This might include a photograph.)
  • How did you or your school promote Hour of Code?
  • How would you like your school’s classes to change based on this event?



To complete this STEM Snacks mission and earn the December STEM Snacks badge and 100 points, complete the following tasks:

  1. Bookmark this post
  2. Like this post
  3. Rate this post based on how it might help students understand STEM better
  4. Post a comment with your answers to the three bulleted STEM Snack questions
  5. Engage with another Intel Engage community member in this discussion by responding to their comment

Explained in Just 10 Minutes


This week we celebrate Computer Science Education Week and along with that Hour of Code.

For many educators, committing to doing an hour of code with our students can take us a bit out of our comfort zone because we haven't experienced coding before. Well, fear not, this Chat with Deb video will take you through an hour of code activity and help you to feel knowledgeable about what to expect. And it will only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Here is the URL to the website with all of the Hour of Code activities -


For more information on Hour of Code check out -


Let me know if this video was helpful and if you decide to support the Hour of Code with your students.

Thank you for watching this video and for all you do in the classroom.


I found an 2015 Advent Calendar this morning. Only 5 days have been unlocked so far (which surprises me based on today's date.) While not every link seems to work, the idea is fun and engaged me as a teacher. I thought other Intel Engage community members might enjoy this resource as well.


Please share what your favorite pedagogy idea is after viewing the calendar.



Larry Corey and Fred Hutchinson of the Cancer Research center shared the significance of computer programming in the medical field with the following quote: “Knowledge of computer programming is as important as knowledge of anatomy when it comes to medical research or clinical care”.  So, how can learning to code help you to change the world?

Coding is a creative process that builds higher order thinking skills and provides the opportunity to level the playing field.  Coding can be used to build social good, develop nations, extend global reach, transform play, create global competitions, fight climate change and send a man to the moon.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections, there are 1.4 million computing jobs but only 400,000 computer science students qualified to fill the positions. Pursuing a career in computer science can prepare students to learn the Poetry of Code and a chance to change the world!


This month’s challenge will explore coding and how it can be used to Master the language of the digital World.  Click on the images below to visit the url for the resources provided.  Explore the resources and complete the task as outlined below, and be sure to scroll to the right in the table below to see all the video tutorials.  May the Code be with you!



Master the Language of the Digital World







Code Monkey




Made with Code



OverviewChallenges designed to teach non-experienced programmers the basics of computer science.Projects designed to teach STEM and reach students of all backgrounds.Projects designed to increase diversity in computer science and provide an introduction to coding.Activities designed to personalize interactive stories, games, and animations.


  • Create and share Code Monkey challenges for others to solve.
  • Track student progress and examine solutions
  • 3-star rating
  • If registered as a teacher, solutions to all challenges are provided in dashboard.


  • Unplugged activities to use without technology.
  • Lesson Plans.
  • Tutorials for grades K-8.
  • Tutorials that teach JavaScript.
  • Make your own apps or games for phones or tablets.
  • University courses online


  • Code projects to reflect personality
  • Projects designed to support creativity and to engage girls.
  • Coding projects based on Blockly, a webbed-based graphical programming editor.
  • Party kit provided for advice and resources.


  • Designed for ages 8 to 16.
  • Used in more than 150 countries and in 40 languages.
  • Work individually or collaboratively to complete projects.
  • Scratch help guides, cards and video tutorials available.




Benefits of Coding


1 Improves problem solving and analytical reasoning skills

2. Helps to improve education equity

3Improves neuroplasticity

4. Enhances motivation to learn with engaging resources

5. Offers a broad range of meta-cognitive skills (i.e. creation, collaboration, problem solving, logical thinking)

Lesson Ideas

1.  Use coding programs to teach computer coding, algorithms and programming

2.  Teach directions and following instructions

3. Have students work as a team to solve problems

4.  Research facts about jobs in computer science, programming and other STEM careers

5.  Collaborate with peers to complete projects, presentations or other assignments


Your Challenge

How can you change the world?  It is simple; learn to code!  Use code to design bridges, reach out to global partners, compete through games, collaborate to grow academically, etc.  You can start by completing this month’s challenge.


1. Bookmark this challenge and share it with 3 of your colleagues.

2. Take the diversity pledge at

3. Register to use Code Monkey and complete the first ten challenges. 

4. Click the picture of your icon on the top right of the Code Monkey site to view your profile and  stats

5. Take a screen shot of your progress, click comment to post your progress and share how you can use code monkey and or other coding resources in your classroom to engage learners, encourage higher order thinking.

6.   From the statistics shared in the diversity pledge, what did you find most alarming?



Every December as the year winds down, things pick up in Engage. This December is no different. Two things drive this flurry of activity as the calendar year draws to a close: our Roadmap focus on coding and computer science education, and the Engage annual birthday celebration. The match is quite serendipitous - Engage launched in 2009 with the broad goal of pushing the limits of technology's impact in classrooms, and right now one of the strongest forces in this area  is the idea that computer science in some shape or form is for all students.


The three big events that stand out in December for Engage are:


This month, we want to know:

  • Are you participating in CS Ed Week or the Hour of Code? If so, what are you doing? If not, what would you do to participate?
  • What key skills do students pick up when they learn to code beyond just programming?
  • What did you learn in Engage this year? Pick one learning point that stands out to you and share it.


codebadge.pngAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of December you'll earn the Community Roadmap Code for Impact badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to the bold-faced question in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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