CRR Program for School

Welcome to CRRAFT

CRRAFT stands for Culturally Relevant Robotics A Family & Teacher Partnership

The partnership includes Knox County Schools, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and administrators, teachers, educational assistants and families. We are working together to help preschoolers learn about computer science in a culturally relevant way. That means children in your classroom will have a chance to use kid-friendly computing tools (like robots!) to do activities that connect to their cultural, community, and family experiences. We hope these activities will help you & your students see that computer science is for everyone!

Each phase is designed to last around 6 weeks and includes a focal experience to emphasize powerful ideas in computer science. You can do the focal experience any time during the phase, and you choose the lead up activities to get you and your students ready for the experience!

What to expect

The CRR program is designed to help you engage children in computer science activities during class. There are six phases of activities. For each phase, we provide details for a focal experience that highlights one powerful idea in computer science. We hope that you’ll find a way to include the focal experience as you move through each phase.

There are also a number of lead up activities designed to reinforce the powerful idea and engage children with other computer science ideas. Those lead up activities can be completed in large group, small group, and during learning centers. You choose which lead up activities to do and how to do them. This way the program can be used flexibly and integrated into things you’re already doing in your classroom.

This website will help you know what to expect and how to try these activities with your students.

The Big So What?

Research shows that young children benefit from learning how technology works. Kid-friendly activities help children understand the powerful ideas about computer science.

Learning about computer science prepares children to be users and creators of technology. Computer science is making a big impact on our daily lives, industries (like technology, health care, government, etc.), and society!

Children will need computer science. AND computer science needs more diverse voices to help in reducing racial/ethnic and gender inequalities. Women and Black and Latinx individuals have been excluded from computer science. Sense of belonging in computing starts at an early age!

To cite this website

Harper, F. K., Caudle, L., Quinn, M. (2021). Culturally relevant robotics: A family and teacher (CRRAFT) partnership for computational thinking for early childhood. Retrieved from: http://crraft.org.