Welcome Activities

Check out three different ways to utilize the CS Heroes Posters as opening activities during CSEdWeek 2021 (Class Opener/Warm-Up) or throughout the school year (Unit/Lesson Opener and Heritage/Awareness Month).

CLASS OPENER/WARM-UP

Suggested Time: 10 minutes


Select a CS Hero to feature as an opening activity. Have students view the poster and more details on the CS Hero’s webpage and answer the following prompt.

  • What about this CS Hero stands out to you? Why?

​# mins

​Description

​1

​Introduce activity: CS Heroes Think-Pair-Share

​3

​Think: Students independently read and respond.

​3

​Pair: Students discuss the prompt with a partner.

​3

​Share: Whole-class discussion

UNIT/LESSON OPENER

Suggested Time: 5-10 minutes (depending on video/article feature)


Introduce a CS Hero whose work relates to a unit you're covering. Here are a few examples from the 2021 selection:

CS Hero

​Curriculum Topic

​Michael Running Wolf

​Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

​Michael Donnelly

​Computing & Data Analysis

​Kyla Guru

​Cybersecurity

​Sofia Ongele

​Programming

​Cynthia Yeung

​Robotics

​Michael Yra

​E-Textiles

Select a CS Hero to feature as an opening activity. Have students view the poster and more details on the CS Hero’s webpage and answer the following prompt:

  • What about this CS Hero stands out to you? Why?

​# mins

​Description

​1

​Introduce the CS Hero

​3-8

​View the featured video OR read a featured article.

​1

​Explain how the CS Hero connects to the new unit.

HERITAGE/AWARENESS MONTH OPENER

Suggested Time: 10-15 minutes (dependent on depth of coverage)


Feature a CS Hero that identifies with the heritage or awareness month that you are celebrating. Here are a few examples from the 2021 selection:


​Heritage/Awareness Event

​Date/Month

CS Heroes

​Hispanic/Latinx Heritage

​Sep 15 - Oct 15

​Anielle Guedes

​Cybersecurity Awareness

​October

​Kyla Guru

​Filipino American History

​October

​Michael Yra

​Native American/Alaska Native Heritage

​November

​Michael Running Wolf

​Black History

​February

​Fig O’Reilly

Germar Reed

​Women’s History

​March

​Sofia Ongele Amy Ko

​Asian Pacific American Heritage

​May

​Josiah Hester Cynthia Yeung

​LGBTQ Pride

​June

​Michael Donnelly Meenoo Rami


Introduce the CS Hero by playing the CS Hero’s feature video to the class. Students can independently read more about the CS Hero by viewing the resources on the CSEdWeek website or students can research more online. Students answer the following prompts:

  • What do you and the CS Hero have in common?

  • What about this CS Hero inspires you?


​# mins

​Description

​1

​Introduce the CS Hero OR have students select one of the CS Heroes that identify with the heritage.

​3

​Students independently read about the CS Hero or teacher plays the feature video to the entire class.

​3

​Students respond to the prompts.

​3

​Students share with a partner/group/whole class.

5-Minute Version: Teacher introduces the CS Hero and students respond to the whole class.