An unrolled tweet thread from CSTA 2021, following a really compelling panel discussion about the challenges and victories of getting CS to ‘stick’ in rural and remote schools…
US govt defines "rural" based not on anything about the area itself, but on its distance from the nearest urban area. Y'know, important places. 🤨
–> Slides at http://tinyurl.com/RuralCS2021. #CSTA2021
Current question in #CSTA2021 #rural: "What's the story of getting CS started at your school?" Lots of stories of starting with something tangential, and pivoting to CS: keyboarding class, tech, biz, coaching a sport.
Other strategies coming up, for building visibility & momentum for CS class: @VBHANDS wrangled some 3d printers, and sells prints to the community. Others make web pages for the school and community. Relate Ss to local businesses. #CSTA2021 #rural
@NMValentine to Alaska students (paraphrasing): "CS skills can allow you to stay here in the community you love, and have a great local career doing good." A participant says: lots of robotics on our local dairy farms! #CSTA2021 #rural