- By: Ken Gracey Published: 26 October, 2018 0 comments
The Parallax team is proud to announce that we are official third-party curriculum providers for Code.org. For decades, we have prided ourselves on our open educational resources (OERs) to create more equitable access to computer science (CS) education. Parallax provides quality electronic products, coupled with unmatched customer support, thorough product tutorials, and creative project ideas to encourage the engineer in all of us to shine through. Along with our free Professional Development courses, we have equipped teachers with the tools to bring comprehensive and expansive CS curriculum to their classrooms. Last year, we trained over 500 educators in robotics and provided each one with a $250 ActivityBot 360.
“Students are growing up with STEM education tools all around them and they’re becoming more capable than ever. They’re ready for a microcontroller platform that gives them the unlimited freedom to develop and invent products of tomorrow - that’s what we hope to achieve with our Code.org partnership.”
—Ken Gracey, CEO Parallax Inc.
Similarly, Code.org prioritizes “expanding access to computer science in schools” by providing the “leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.” They have crafted engaging curriculum that captures students’ attention and challenges their skills without being overly complicated or pedantic. In partnering with with some of the most influential international corporations (including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft), they have expanded their influence to reach more students. In providing comprehensive curriculum, they seek to increase “diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.”
“Parallax has taken the time to ensure quality educational materials accompany quality equipment. Their staff has experience as educators and is willing to go to great lengths to give educators of all levels the support they need to have successful experiences for their students."
—Paul, Computer Science Instructor Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA
Parallax and Code.org share similar goals and values—so, it seemed only natural to join forces! While plenty of progress has been made, there remains notable hurdles to improving CS education. As noted by Hadi Partovi, CEO and founder of Code.org, “The biggest hurdle by far is the shortage of teachers in this space, and then the second biggest hurdle is people’s mindset that this is really hard, and I can’t learn it.” Both Parallax and Code.org create powerful tools to overcome these challenges. Through our free Professional Development courses and accessible tutorials, Parallax seeks to improve CS educational equity and demystify computer science.
“My middle school students working with Parallax curriculum and bots are not only coding the lessons, but changing the code to take it to the next level. Student’s faces and excitement speaks volumes to their engagement in their learning.”
—Lois, Math/Technology/Entrepreneurship Teacher CORE Charter School, Marysville, CA
In becoming a certified third-party curriculum partner, Code.org validates the high-quality of Parallax’s supplementary resources. The certification reaffirms our commitment to inspiring students to dig deeper into electronics and programming. We have joined the ranks of UC Berkeley, CodeCombat, Code Monkey, and Project Lead the Way.
Parallax celebrates Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code activities from December 4th - 7th, 2018. Visit our events page to learn more: Hour of Code and CS Education Week Events Hosted at Parallax
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.
About Parallax, Inc.
For over 20 years, Parallax, Inc. has produced popular robotic educational products for middle- and high school curriculum. Parallax's specialty is in microcontroller education with a focus on circuit building, embedded programming and student-oriented projects. The company's tutorials are designed to meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, using multiple languages, like BlocklyProp and C programming. The company designs and manufactures the Propeller Multicore Microcontroller, along with sensors, educational robots, motor controllers, laser and ultrasonic sensors, RFID readers, RF devices and IoT hardware.
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