Jan 22 2013

TASCasaurus Curriculum Now Available: STEM + Remixing the Web

Guest Post, Mozilla, Teaching Resources

This post was written by Julia Vallera, an artist and educator working with Hive NYC on TASCasaurus and other youth-serving projects.

We are proud to announce the recent publication of the TASCasaurus curriculum! This curriculum began in April 2012 when Hive NYC, The After School Corporation (TASC) and MOUSE embarked on a four-month workshop series at six different middle schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx.  From April – June, newly-trained after school coordinators joined us in facilitating these workshops for youth between the ages of 11 – 14. Together, students, teachers and facilitators learned about the benefits of hacking, webmaking, and collaborating in the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

The resulting curriculum is an in-depth description of the activities, lesson plans, tools, outcomes and discussions from the workshop series. It is meant to be shared and adapted by anyone hoping to facilitate similar workshops within their community. The curriculum is broken down into three parts. Each has unique lessons, which include background, preparation and process. Each lesson comes with a materials list and supporting guide sheets. It breaks down more or less like this:

Introduction for Educators
– What is Hackasaurus?
Section 1: Introduction to Hacking (45 min.)
– Objective
– Materials
– Background/Preparation
– Lesson Outline
– Lesson Procedure
Section 2: Introduction to HTML (45 min.)
– Objective
– Background/Preparation
– Lesson Outline
– Lesson Procedure
– Guide Sheets
Section 3: Incorporating STEM (45 min.)
– Objective
– Background/Preparation
– Lesson Outline
– Lesson Procedure
– Resources

The timing and breakdown can be adjusted according to your teaching needs and/or student needs. The lessons can also be adapted to different topics that may not fit into the STEM categories. We encourage you to share the TASCasaurus curriculum and use it as needed. Please send us feedback and comments when you do!

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