What do kids need to be successful CEOs, scientists, hackers & leaders in 2030?
This was the question we posed to ourselves as we developed Techlab’s curriculum.
We leaned on several years of experience teaching students. We conducted in-depth research with experts in
education and reviewed the K-12 Computer Science Framework, which is endorsed by teachers, states and
leading companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple & more.
Kids today need to have an end to end exposure to technology & computers and how it impacts our world.
The Techlab curriculum has been developed with these guiding principles:
- Providing a comprehensive understanding of computing including systems, Internet, data,
programming and how it is applied to solve problems and drive innovation
- Emphasis on analytical, design, and collaborative skills
be prepared for emerging languages and frameworks
- Focus on changemaker skills embracing empathy, flexibility, and life-long learning.
For Tynkerers (grade 5, 6), the curriculum develops understanding around how computers work, nurturing logical and flow-based instructions using Scratch and then develop this foundation further by designing interactive games in Python. The learning continues with design skills and creating a web site designed in HTML and learning sensors and hardware through Arduino projects.
Finally, for the Advanced learners (grades 8 and above) we help interested students get ready to take APCS (Advanced Placement Computer Science) in their high school years and deep dives into object-oriented programming in Java.
We also encourage design (web, mobile), advanced data analysis, robotics and maker projects, entrepreneurship skills for kids interested in
science fairs, hackathons, or seeding their own dream venture.