Computational Thinking Bins
UNO's computational thinking (CT) bins are a set of unplugged, largely self-guided activities through which students can explore various topics in computer science. Each bin takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and they require no direct instruction prior to use. They cover topics including algorithms, programming, cryptography, and computing history (to name a few). Teacher materials for each bin provide links to content standards and ideas for how to integrate the activity into a larger unit if desired. We've also prepared short video teacher guides that show how each bin works.
Our CT bins are developed in parternship with both pre-service and in-service teachers from around the state. If you have ideas for new bins, we'd love to hear from you!
Borrow a Set of CT Bins
You can borrow a set of bins for your classroom for a specific timeframe in a couple ways. UNO has a set of bins that can be borrowed through our P-12 lending library request form.
There are also copies of the CT Bins for checkout at several ESU's throughout Nebraska:
- ESU 3: Greg Schwanke (email@example.com)
- ESU 8: Loralyn O'Kief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ESU 10/UNK: Sherri Harms (email@example.com)
Want to Make Your Own Set of CT Bins?
Materials to create your own set of Computational Thinking Bins are freely available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. New bins will be added over time, and we will regularly revise the instructions based on teacher and student feedback. Check back regularly to make sure you have the most recent versions.
Download CT Bin 1-11 Materials -- July 2018 Version (as seen at CSTA2018)
If you have questions about how to assemble the bins or would like to share your experiences with them, please contact Dr. Briana Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).