Harvard’s Digital Literacy Project teaches computing science in middle schools

Students from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are teaching computer science to middle schoolers through the Digital Literacy Project(DLP). The program consists in providing a 10-week computer science curriculum in seven local middle schools during the school day.

Currently, there are around 30 DLP volunteers supporting 12 middle school classes per week. The curriculum includes introductory concepts to programming using Scratch (an open source code learning tool) and further JavaScript skills. Additionally, the volunteers have created tools and coding examples to make the class fun and interactive for the children.

Although the main purpose of the program is to encourage middle schoolers to get engaged in STEM fields during their future careers, volunteers have also benefited from the program. The DLP provides its members with the opportunity to understand programming concepts through teaching and to appreciate an instructor’s perspective on education.

In the nearby future, the DLP will continue to expand to more schools and will introduce additional workshops for teaching educators basic computer science materials to incorporate into their classes.

Sources: SEAS