curriculum

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
  • Focus on interleaving of concepts and hands-on programming in Python, Java, Html, Javascript and be prepared for emerging languages and frameworks
  • Focus on changemaker skills embracing empathy, flexibility, and life-long learning.

Tynkerer

For Tynkerers (typically grade 5, 6, 7), the class content develops understanding around how computers work, nurturing logical and flow-based instructions using pseudo code and then develop this foundation further by designing interactive games in Python. The learning continues with design skills and creating a mobile app and a web site, and enhanced learning and tinkering through Arduino projects that use hardware and sensors.

Explorer

For Intermediate learners (typically grades 6, 7 & 8), we dive deeper into Internet, data, and design concepts. Kids develop their own website in HTML/Javascript, use styling using a templating framework, develop visualizations and games in Python. We then go deeper in the concepts of programming and problem solving using Python. The curriculum also includes learning sensors and camera using Raspberry Pi, which the kids control through the internet using their own hosted website.

Innovator

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 develop AI/ML understanding using advanced python packages amd encourage students to build portfolio engineering and code projects. The projects combine design (web, mobile), advanced coding, maker and entrepreneurship skills for science fairs, internships, hackathons, or building one's own dream project.

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