By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki
Curriki is offering new workshops from our partner Oracle Academy to make your students’ experiences with Computer Science fun and engaging. They will even get to design computer games and interface with robots!
Oracle Academy Workshops leverage best academic curriculum practices like project-based learning and offer educators methods for assessment. They are best used by educators in one of three ways:
- to introduce students to computer science in a fun and engaging way
- to incorporate exposure to computer science into the teaching of other academic disciplines
- to offer a limited introduction to computer science to students via extracurricular programs and/or workshop experiences.
STEM education is so important in today’s global marketplace, and Oracle Academy is an invaluable partner to Curriki because its workshops make computer science fun and accessible. What could inspire more passion for STEM in students than Oracle’s interactive approach, which gives them the opportunity to create animated stories and games, learn to program finch robots, and roleplay superheroes and so much more?
Members of Curriki can engage with Oracle Academy Workshops by becoming an Oracle Academy Individual or Institutional member.
Oracle Academy Workshops, which are designed to make first experiences with computing fun and engaging, include:
- Getting Started with Java Using Alice– designed for students with little or no programming experience and teaches basic Java programming concepts through developing 3-D Animations in Alice 3.1, a free, educational, introductory Java development environment.
- Solve It With SQL– challenges students to play the role of a superhero and solve a series of crimes using a cloud-based database development environment to learn the basics of SQL.
- Programming the Finch Robot in Java– engages to program an interface to a small robot designed to inspire and delight.
- Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot– This workshop engages students who understand basic programming concepts to create 2D Games in Java.
- Programming the Finch Robot in Greenfoot– engages students who have completed Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot to program an interface to a small robot.
Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Each year, Oracle Academy reaches more than 3.5 million students in 120 countries. In its most recent fiscal year, it delivered nearly US$3.75 billion in resources to help prepare students for life and work in the technology-driven global economy.
Oracle Academy leverages Oracle’s global technology leadership to offer a complete portfolio of computer science education resources to secondary schools; technical, vocational, and two-year colleges; and 4-year colleges and universities, with the goal of helping students become college and career ready. Learn more at academy.oracle.com.
Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at Curriki.org.