Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in K-6

Educators are increasingly being tasked with teaching the skills of coding and computational thinking to young students. This hands-on, interactive workshop aims to develop an understanding of computational thinking and the related skills and competencies through the exploration of relevant, ready-to-use activities that connect to a variety of curriculum areas.


Through participation in this workshop, educators will:

  • Engage in unplugged activities that focus on developing students’ skills of decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking and logic;
  • Gain access to the activities that are explored, along with materials lists and supporting resources, so they can complete the activities with their students;
  • Discover how to build upon what they already do in their classrooms to develop the foundational knowledge students need to become computational thinkers; and,
  • Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions related to digital literacy and computational thinking

Target Audience

K-6 Educators


12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Room 102

No prior registration required.


  • Let's Talk Science
    Candace Beaton

    Candace Beaton has her Bachelor of Education and is currently an Education Program Consultant for Let's Talk Science. Prior to her role with this national, charitable organization, Candace was an elementary classroom teacher as well as an Education Consultant with SMART Technologies where she spent much of her time helping teachers effectively integrate technology into their teaching. In her role with Let's Talk Science, Candace is responsible for creating and delivering hands-on/minds-on professional development sessions that aim to provide strategies for teachers to engage students in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).