Q: What is Idaho Codes?
A: Idaho Codes is a summer program that offers various computer science courses for junior high and high school students. The program is a collaborative initiative between the Idaho Technology Council, the Idaho STEM Action Center, the Success in Education Foundation, and many other organizations and government entities.
Q: What do students learn in the program?
Q: Do students need to have prior coding experience?
A: No! Students who have never coded before thrive in this program.
Q: What grade does a student need to be in to participate?
A: We encourage current 7th through 12th-grade students to register.
Q: Students can participate in an On-Campus or Online option. What is the difference?
A: Idaho will have six "campuses" throughout the state in which students can attend June 14th-July 23rd, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm. The regions that will have a campus include Twin Falls, Boise-area, Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello, and Moscow. The campus locations have not been solidified, but once they are the sites will be included on our registration form.
Q: Is Idaho Codes free?
A: Yes! Both the On-Campus and Online summer programs are free for students thanks to wonderful donors and sponsors.
Q: After completing Idaho Codes, is there a certificate or credit students can earn?
A: Students who completed the program will receive a digital Certificate of Completion to recognize their achievements. Every school district in Idaho has the option to offer high school credit for those students who complete Idaho Codes. However, it is up to the discretion of the school district to award credit. Our team is currently connecting with colleges and universities in Idaho to offer a college credit pathway - those conversations are currently taking place and will have pathways available by the end of the 2021 summer program. Our team will let students and families know at the end of program what college credit options are available. Idaho Codes is a launch point for students on a pathway into the digital economy, and we encourage students to look at various degrees and certificates in Computer Science.
Q: Where can students register?
A: Registration can found at www.idahocodes.org/register.
Q: As a student, will I receive high school credit for taking the Coding Foundations course through Idaho Codes?
A: Yes, once you have completed the course you will have a portfolio of work as well as a proficiency score and/or grade based on course completion. Please check with your local high school principal on the process of obtaining credit.
Q: What State standards are in place to grant credit for this course?
A: A school can grant credit to high school students for completing the program through the mastery language in IDAPA 08.02.03.105.01.b. A student may also achieve credit by demonstrating mastery of a subject’s content standards as defined and approved by their local school district or charter school.
Q: What is the policy for teachers relative to online courses?
A: Content can be taught virtually by a teacher who holds an Idaho certificate (either a standard instructional certificate or an interim certificate held by someone completing a non-traditional program, alternate authorization, or through the multi-state reciprocity agreement). In other words, the teacher needs to be a licensed Idaho educator.
Q: What is the policy for overall instruction for online courses?
A: The content can be taught by an individual who does not have Idaho certification, however, the course must be supervised by someone with the applicable Idaho certification. The supervising teacher is entered as the teacher of record when reporting the course to the state. IDAPA 08.02.02 references an educator of record.
SET UP FAQ
Q: What happens after a student registers for Idaho Codes?
A: Students will receive an automated confirmation to the "Student Email" they listed on their registration. Within 24 hours, two more emails will be sent. One email will be from "No-Reply-DevCamp" that has an activation link to access the curriculum platform called DevCamp. The other will come from with a computer set-up checklist to run the curriculum as well as next steps.
Q: What happens if the DevCamp and/or Next Steps email have not been received?
A: Email with your full name and let them know the email(s) have not been received.
Q: What does the student need to run the curriculum on their computer?
A: The curriculum can run on both PCs and Macs as well as desktops and laptops. The curriculum cannot run on a Chromebook. Students will need a few downloads and to access a few websites, all of which can be found in the Computer Set Up Checklist at www.idahocodes.org.
Have more questions about setting up? Check out the Idaho Codes Computer Set Up guide.