The Government of Canada’s CanCode program has invested in initiatives that provide educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development in Canadian youth. Callysto, a joint project from Cybera and the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), is aimed at training teachers and students from grades 5-12 in the elements of computational thinking by developing open-source and highly interactive Jupyter notebooks to help demonstrate curriculum objectives across all subject areas. The greatest challenge of the Callysto project is developing content which is not only accessible to a highly non-technical audience, but also intuitive and interactive such that our notebooks offer more than a standard lesson plan – all while demonstrating computational thinking to teachers and students. To this end, Cybera and PIMS are working with teachers across western Canada to identify and develop content that will be both useful and universal in grade 5-12 education. This poster will showcase some of our solutions to engage teachers and students while bridging the technical gap required to use Jupyter notebooks effectively in the classroom. In particular, we will be showcasing some of our custom notebook extensions that we have developed in order to make our content more accessible and intuitive to a mostly non-technical classroom audience.
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