Fortunately, you don’t need to get a degree in computer science or be an adult to develop your skills! Computer Science Education Week is the perfect time to check out these fun activities, challenges, and resources offered through NASA and its partners.
- Open doors to new worlds with computer science through Code.org’s Hour of Code. Create a solar system with “NASA’s Space Jam,” program intergalactic scenes with out-of-this-world characters and sounds in “Hello World: Space,” and more.
- Learn to code through Microsoft Learn modules that use NASA data, such as images of Moon rocks and lunar sample data sets like those used by NASA scientists.
- Get an up-close, virtual look at the new technology aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft with the Callisto: Space Innovation Tour by Amazon and Lockheed Martin.
- Practice programming or test-driving a lunar rover, analyze the Martian weather, and more with Tynker’s “NASA’s Return to the Moon” Hour of Code activities for a range of skill levels.
- Use coding to solve technical problems and contribute to the Artemis missions through NASA’s App Development Challenge for middle and high school students.
- Take on real-world problems on Earth and in space through NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, an international hackathon using NASA data held virtually and in person each October.
- Check out NASA’s computer science educational resources for fun activities to try in the classroom or at home.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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