These kids can be computer scientists.
They just don't know it yet.

Spark passion for computer science by volunteering in your community

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How does it work?

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Team up
Gather a group of undergraduates and find a community partner.
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Sign up
One delegate from each teams signs up through this site.
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Access resources
Sign in to your volunteer portal to access lesson plans and request a free kit of materials.
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Volunteer
Begin working with kids in your community to help them experience CS!

How do I sign up?

If your team satisfies all the below requirements, you are ready to sign up.
American Association of University Women
Association for Computing Machinery-Women
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Association for Women in Computing
National Society of Black Engineers
National Center for Women in Information Technology
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science

Available content

We provide five CS lesson kits that you can use. You're also welcome to come up with your own!

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Computational Thinking with K-3rd Graders

Use indoor and outdoor activities to introduce basic Computer Science and Computational Thinking concepts to Kindergarteners through 3rd graders. You’ll use pen and paper and a few other simple supplies — no computers necessary!

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Computational Thinking with 4th-8th Graders

Introduce 4th-8th graders to Computer Science and Computational Thinking concepts with only pen, paper, and a few other simple supplies — no computers necessary! You’ll touch on all the CT elements as you cover algorithms, binary digits, ciphers, and mobile app design.

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Computational Thinking with 9th-12th Graders

Introduce high schoolers to Computer Science and Computational Thinking concepts with only pen, paper, and a few other simple supplies -- no computers necessary! You’ll touch on all the CT elements as you cover algorithms, cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and a conceptual introduction to AI and machine learning.

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Project and Games with CS First for 4th-8th Graders

CS First (www.cs-first.com) provides volunteers with all they need to run theme-based CS clubs for 4th-8th graders to create games and projects in the block-based programming platform Scratch. Volunteers pick from one of many themes and learners create a project within that theme. Each student needs a computer with internet access and a pair of headphones.

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Pencil Code for High School

High schoolers with little to no knowledge of Computer Science will get a fun introduction to coding by creating art, games, and interactive stories with Pencil Code (pencilcode.net). Learners will program in CoffeeScript (an abbreviated version of JavaScript) and learn functions, loops, conditionals, and variables to create Pencil Code projects they can proudly show off at igniteCS Friends & Family Day. Each student needs a computer with internet access.

Bring igniteCS to your community

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CS professor or university faculty

Know students who are passionate about Computer Science and eager to share that passion? Encourage them to form a team and sign up for igniteCS! The experience will foster a stronger sense of community on campus too, and allow students to practice valuable skills that can be helpful in future careers.

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School, community center, library, or other site for volunteering

If you would like to see undergraduate CS student volunteers at your school or learning center, sign up here to be potentially matched with available igniteCS teams.

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Parent or pre-college student

Interested in finding a local computer science mentor? Advocate for your school, library, or other community learning center to sign up as an igniteCS partner to be eligible for undergraduate CS student volunteer teams to engage with you!

More CS at Google

igniteCS is one of many Google initiatives focused on computer science education. Visit our website to learn about other programs that may be of interest to you.