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Teacher Mitchell from Satellite Beach FL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Exploring Computer Science Through Circuit Playgrounds

My students need Circuit Playground Express boards to see the connection between the digital programming they do on the computer and the effects it can have on a physical computing device.

  • $596 goal

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My Students

My students are a mixture of ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders who have chosen to take an AP level computer science course as an elective because they want to explore deeply the impacts of computing innovations and the ways in which they can become creators and leaders in a world dominated by computers.

In other words, these students are the future of computer science.

They will benefit immensely from taking an AP Computer Science Principles course. In this class, they will learn problem solving and creativity in ways that were impossible before computers.

My Project

Circuit Playground Express boards allow students to use block-based or text-based Javascript to control lights, sounds, etc. on a board that can easily be attached to the side of a laptop. They do this through web-based free tools.

These playgrounds encourage creative exploration into Javascript and are a joy for students to use.

Having purchased a single unit after an EdTech conference a few months ago, one of my students was able to program the board to do things I had not even imagined. For example, she coded the Star Wars theme song, set to various light schemes.

Physical computing tools such as the Circuit Playground Express encourage problem solving and creativity in computer science by giving students myriad opportunities to inquire and explore.

Teacher Mitchell
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Circuit Playground Express Developer Edition - Base Kit • Amazon Business $33.99 12 $407.88
Circuit Playground Express • Amazon Business $30.74 2 $61.48

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