Poster Lesson

Students will expand their knowledge of the relationship that computer science has with different industries by exploring the CS Heroes, how their work integrates with other industries, and the positive impact the CS Heroes' contributions have on the lives of others.


The following activities are based on a 1-day (about 45-minute) class session. Further below on this webpage, you will find suggestions and additional activities to extend this lesson. Other ways to continue celebrating CSEdWeek include My CS Hero Poster, Future Me Poster, and CS Connections on the Teach webpage.


Introduce CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to inspiring all students to learn computer science, making sure that all students have opportunities to explore a future in computer science, and celebrating the work of students, teachers, and partners each December. This week is held in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906), who helped create the first commercial electronic computer and made popular the term “bug” (an error in a program) after removing an actual moth from a computer in 1947.


Introduce 2021 Theme - #CSEverywhere

CSEdWeek 2021 Theme - “CS is everywhere.”


  • Lesson Opener/Reflection

  • What does “CS is everywhere” mean to you?

  • Think-Pair-Share: Give students 3 minutes to reflect on the theme. With a partner, students each have 1 minute to share their reflection. As a whole group, have a few groups share their thoughts.


  • About #CSEverywhere

  • This year’s theme highlights the impact that computer science is making everywhere and the relationship that computer science has to different subjects, industries, career paths, and our everyday lives.

  • CS has helped unlock mysteries in math and medicine, it’s been used to create art. CS built your phone, the internet, your favorite games, movies, and tv shows. CS helped us eradicate diseases and continues to enable us to explore the depth of space. CS helps us imagine ancient civilizations and build the cities of the future. CS is everywhere, and we’re discovering new uses for it every day.


Introduce 2021 CS Heroes

Meet the 2021 CS Heroes!


Michael Donnelly

Data Scientist


Anielle Guedes

Entrepreneur


Kyla Guru

Student & Curriculum Developer


Josiah Hester

Professor & Engineer


Amy Ko

Professor & Activist


Sofia Ongele

Student & Mobile App Developer


Meeno Rami

Program Manager


Germar Reed

Data Scientist


Michael Running Wolf

Professor & Software Engineer


Cynthia Yeung

Roboticist


Michael Yra

Laser Designer

2021 CS Heroes Scavenger Hunt

Provide students an opportunity to skim through each CS Hero’s webpage by completing the 2021 CS Heroes Scavenger Hunt


Directions: Review the information at CSEdWeek.org/Teach. Write the name of the 2021 CS Hero in the right column next to the fact that matches that person in the table provided. Click here for the printer-friendly version.


Fact

2021 CS Hero

​Loves storytime with his daughter

​Used to be a high school English teacher

​Is a correspondent for Mission Unstoppable on CBS

​Sang in a high school jazz choir with Lady Gaga

​Is a project manager for an Artificial Intelligence book

​Bakes gluten-free and vegan goodies with sister

​Loves gaming, art, technology and music

​Has a cat named Boomy

​Built battery-free game consoles

​Created cybersecurity education materials at 15

​Is a published poet who considered being a writer

​Attended Universidade de São Paulo


ANSWER KEY

Fact

2021 CS Hero

​​Loves storytime with his daughter

​Germar Reed

​Used to be a high school English teacher

​Meenoo Rami

​Is a correspondent for Mission Unstoppable on CBS

​Fig O’Reilly

​Sang in a high school jazz choir with Lady Gaga

​Michael Donnelly

​Is a project manager for an Artificial Intelligence book

​Cynthia Yeung

​Bakes gluten-free and vegan goodies with sister

​Sofia Ongele

​Loves gaming, art, technology and music

​Michael Yra

​Has a cat named Boomy

​Amy Ko

​Has a cat named Boomy

​Josiah Hester

​Created cybersecurity education materials at 15

​Kyla Guru

​Is a published poet who considered being a writer

​Michael Running Wolf

​Attended Universidade de São Paulo

​Anielle Guedes

3-2-1 CS Hero Reflections

Select a 2021 CS Hero to learn more about and explore the resources that are listed on that CS Hero’s CSEdWeek page. Complete the 3-2-1 prompts:

  • List 3 things you learned about the CS Hero.

  • List 2 things you’re interested in.

  • What is 1 question about this CS Hero you still have?


Optimistic Closure

After learning more about your select CS Hero, answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you select this CS Hero?

  2. What do you have in common with the CS Hero?


Lesson Plan Breakdown - 45 minutes

# mins

Description

​1

​CSEdWeek Introduction & Theme Introduction

​5

​Theme Reflection: Think-Pair-Share

​1

​CSEdWeek Theme Description

​10

​2021 CS Heroes Preview & Scavenger Hunt Instructions

​3

​Scavenger Hunt Review & Instructions for Learning More about a CS Hero

​20

​Explore a 2021 CS Hero of Choice & Complete 3-2-1 Reflection

​3

​Optimistic Closure

Extension Ideas

  • On a 2nd day, have students select another CS Hero to learn more about.

  • Split the CS Heroes into two groups and have students select one from Group A and on the next day from Group B. For example:

  • Group A: Michael Donnelly, Anielle Guedes, Kyla Guru, Josiah Hester, Amy Ko, Sofia Ongele

  • Group B: Fig O’Reilly, Meenoo Rami, Germar Reed, Michael Running Wolf, Cynthia Yeung, Michael Yra


Extension Activities

  • Give One-Get One-Move On

  • In partners that did not select the same CS Hero, student A tells student B about a CS Hero (give one). Then, student B tells student A about a CS Hero (get one). Finally, they switch partners (move on).

  • Have as many rounds as time allows so that students can learn about as many CS Heroes from their peers as possible.

  • Have students create a presentation of a CS Hero of choice.

  • Present their CS Hero to a small group.

  • Present their CS Hero to the entire class.

  • Have students create a Scratch animation or other CS project to share information about their CS Hero.

  • Show the panel discussion from the CSEdWeek kickoff event featuring three CS Heroes: Sofia Ongele, Josiah Hester, and Cynthia Yeung.



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