11-14 yrs (middle school) 14-18 yrs (high school) 5-6 yrs (kindergarten) 6-8 yrs (primary) 9-11 yrs (elementary) Activities Birth-36 months (infant/toddler) PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool)

Computer Science Week

December 7 through December 13 is Computer Science Week, and it’s also when the Hour of Code global movement is held. We are saturated with on-demand content, and it’s important our children are not just technology tourists. We want to encourage our children to create, innovate, and problem-solve with technology. 

The purpose of Computer Science Week and the Hour of Code is for children to learn new skills, open doors to new possibilities, and enjoy the experiences. Increasing everyone’s access to coding skills and resources helps to break down barriers and stereotypes associated with computer technology.

The Connection Spot Team wanted to share coding activities for both “plugged-in” and “unplugged” experiences without screens to engage our children. 

Code.Org – Coding activities are broken down by grade-level for families. There are also “unplugged” activities to complete your child to take a break from screen time. 

CS Unplugged – Coding activities without using devices.

STEM Education Guide – A fantastic resource for unplugged activities. 

Coding provides an opportunity to foster a love of learning with your child. Both you and your child can learn how the devices work that we use every day. Be sure to share in the comments about your favorite activities for coding. 


PreK 3-5 Years (Preschool)

5 to 6 Years (Kindergarten)

6 to 8 (Primary)

9 to 11 Years (Elementary)

11 to 14 Years (Middle School)

14-18 years (High School)




Kevin Bower


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Credit: on 11/25/2020

By Mr. Bower

As Robert Louis Stevenson would have it, finding treasure is swashbucklingly exciting. X Marks the Spot was the place where the treasure was located on maps often leading to exciting adventures. and experiences. Welcome to our treasure of resources, the Connection Spot, where exciting adventures and experiences await your family. Just don’t click the “X” or you’ll close out the site!

I have 17 years of elementary teaching experience, and I have been a part-time instructor at my alma mater for over 10 years where I teach instructional technology to pre-service and practicing teachers. I am also an educational consultant for the Source for Learning where I facilitate OK2Ask and MySciLife professional development.

I have presented nationally, and various publications have cited my teaching practices. Most recently I published a collaborative article on using social learning to make real-world connections in science for Science Scope magazine.

I live in Lancaster, PA with my wife, six children, and our dog, Nittany. Working on my family’s farm, reading, and spending time with family are a few things I enjoy outside of work.

- BSE Elementary Education, Millersville University
- M. Ed. Language and Literacy Education, Millersville University
- M. Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology, Penn State University

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