Elementary-level Computer Science​ Program

Prepare young learners for the future

Teaching computer science in early grades develops critical computational thinking skills in young learners. OSLN’s K-5 Computer Science Program provides the tailored solutions elementary teachers need.

This collaborative, year-long professional learning experiences focuses on key questions including: 

  • How to combine computer science with content standards across all the core disciplines
  • Finding the time to bring in computer science standards and computational thinking skills
  • Leveraging computer science experiences to increase classroom engagement

Upcoming computer science events

Have questions about how to bring these resources to your school? Looking to advocate for computer science or connect teachers at your school? Join these upcoming, free events.

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OSLN K-5 Computer Science Program

Program sections include:

  • Computational thinking integration
  • Digital citizenship
  • Computer science in literature
  • Computer science in mathematics
  • Standards crosswalk
  • Physical computing
  • Integrating modern technology
  • Computer science for all

Technology package:

Participants will also be provided with a technology package to enable classroom implementation.

K-5 Program Details and Expectations

Priority application deadline is May 1, 2024


Teachers who apply and are accepted in the OSLN Computer Science K-5 Program are expected to:

  • Complete the five-day, in-person summer workshop
  • Attend four Saturday workshops throughout the school year (typically from 9a – 3p)
    • Workshop dates to be announced February 2024
    • Integrate computer science standards in your instruction during the school year

5-day summer workshop

The five-day summer workshop will include the following topics and learning experiences:

  • Experiencing plugged and unplugged computer science activities for K-5
  • Integrating computer science standards in math, ELA, and science instruction
  • Learning strategies for engaging students in core instruction using computer science
  • Exploring Code.org curriculum for your grade level
  • Collaborating with colleagues on creating an implementation plan for integration of computer science in math, ELA, and science instruction

Priority application deadline is May 1, 2024

Program cost

The facilitation, materials, and supports cost $2,000 per participant, across all four programs.

Scholarships are available to Ohio teachers who meet the following conditions:

  • Complete the program’s requirements
  • Plan to teach the course content to students in the 2024-2025 school year
  • For middle school and high school: Teachers are interested in pursuing a license to teach computer science.
    • Note: The Ohio STEM Learning Network will offer support for teachers interested in pursuing the Supplemental Licensure Pathway.

Interested educators should apply as soon as possible to receive maximum potential financial aid.

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