CS Journeys is back with virtual field trips, class chats, and more!

Register for new events, including some from exciting partners like Spotify, Snapchat, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

4 min readJan 25, 2022

After a fall semester spent bringing computer science to life for students of all ages, CS Journeys is back! Our program is designed to help students explore how computer science impacts their world and envision their own future possibilities within the field. In the coming months, classrooms will be able to register for exciting class chats, virtual field trips, and more, including events from partners like Spotify, Snapchat, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

See this semester’s events and register now!

The CS Journeys program is designed around three primary objectives:

  • excite and inspire students to learn CS,
  • encourage students to continue learning by engaging parents and diverse role models,
  • and eventually, empower students to take control of their CS journeys with a variety of resources.

CS Journeys extends what students learn in their classroom computer science curriculum to uncover CS in unexpected places, fueling curiosity and imagination. The program offers a variety of learning opportunities from our partners, including unique virtual field trips as well as live class chats with professionals whose jobs are touched by CS in a wide range of ways.

For this upcoming semester, CS Journeys has awesome opportunities lined up, including a virtual field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn how coding, playing video games, and storytelling can deepen our understanding of the deep sea. There will also be a class chat available with two engineers from Spotify: Hear about their career paths and how they play a role in bringing music to our lives!

Here’s what teachers had to say about some of last semester’s CS Journeys’ programming:

“I believe this was spot on for my 7th and 8th graders… I would love to be able to show this presentation to future classes so I am hopeful there will be a repository established for all of these chats to be able to go back and view them. My students loved the chat!”

“Because of technology, we were live chatting, in real time, with astrophysics scientists in New York. Most have never had an opportunity like that before.”

“I loved the real world applications of coding. It was good for my students to see these female scientists, as many of my female students were interested in coding. I also thought that 30 minutes was perfect for my students. Thank you very much.”

“IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I watched this with my 7/8 grade exploratory science class and they thought it was AWESOME. …My students loved it.”

“My students commented on enjoying seeing how computer science is used in different fields. For myself, that was eye-opening because I just assumed that students understood that computer science is everywhere, and now I know that I must share and illustrate that more directly. I look forward to more of these virtual field trips.”

In addition to live experiences, CS Journeys provides teachers with a collection of resources for students of all ages to help them imagine a journey pursuing CS, from the youngest K-5 students, to older teens who are starting to think about college and beyond. And because parent/guardian encouragement is is so important to student success, resources are available to teachers to keep parents engaged in their children’s CS journeys.

For older students, CS Journeys also serves as a hub for resources and information that they can explore on their own. A curated suite of internships, online courses, mentorships, after-school opportunities, and scholarships are available to students exploring what’s next for them.

We’re thrilled to continue this program into the new year and hope these unique experiences will excite, encourage, and empower students to continue their CS journey, both in the classroom and beyond.

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