In Storytelling, students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
In Friends, students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
In Fashion & Design, students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
In Art, students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
In Social Media, students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
In Music & Sound, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Students create fun and complex animated projects. This is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes.
In this sample activity students animate an ocean wave to create a setting, then tell a story that takes place on the high seas.
In this sample activity students tell a story using the characters from Cartoon Network’s "The Amazing World of Gumball."
Be a designer and programmer – bring the Google logo to life using code.
In this activity, you created a cool extreme sports game in which a racer has to avoid obstacles. In this club, you’ve learned a lot of ways computers and computer scientists help athletes and coaches gain a competitive edge. That’s just a start to what you can do with computers. Computer science is used in many fields to help people in different ways. Computer science is used in fashion to create clothing that responds to its surroundings. In medicine, computer science helps diagnose diseases, perform more accurate surgeries, and keep track of data. Computer scientists create cool animations and fun toys and video games that entertain people. Computer science is also used in politics to connect people and encourage communication and in environmental conservation to keep track of endangered species and their habitats.
After this club, continue expanding your knowledge of computer science. Access Scratch from any computer with an internet connection, and find ways to learn more coding at cs-first.com/domore.
In addition, check if your school offers other computer science clubs or classes like “AP CS,” “Exploring Computer Science,” or “Computer Science Principles.”
Many colleges offer majors in computer science as well.
Computer science majors often earn some of the highest salaries of any major.
Most computer scientists aren’t just motivated by the money, though. They like working with others to solve problems and help people. While you’re waiting for your clubmates to finish the wrap-up, take a moment to write a shout-out.
The sports world is full of people who show the same qualities you’re finding inside yourself to complete activities in this club. Stuart Scott, nicknamed Stu, was a famous SportsCenter anchor for ESPN. He was known for his tenacious hard work, dedication, innovation, and pushing his sports coverage to new heights in the face of criticism. When covering sports, Scott described athletes in unique and innovative ways, such as when he said “as cool as the other side of the pillow” and “just call him butter, because he’s on a roll.” Stu climbed to the stage at the ESPYs in mid-2014 to deliver a powerful speech about his battle with cancer and the importance of having courage and perseverance. He was, and continues to be, a shining example of what can be accomplished in the face of challenges. You too will face obstacles and difficulties in computer science and in life, but with hard work and a positive attitude like Scott’s, you will overcome them and thrive.