Released just three years ago, The Big Fat Notebooks revolutionized the study guide for middle schoolers, and students, parents, and teachers responded—the series has nearly 4 million copies in print with sales escalating every year. Now introducing Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding, an essential new title with the potential to run hand-in-hand with—or even outrun—Math (over 1.3 million copies in print) and Science (925,000 copies in print) as the next critical STEM companion. Instruction is presented in the simple but powerful format of the previous Big Fat Notebooks. The key concepts of coding and computer science easily digested and summarized, with critical ideas clearly explained, doodles that illuminate tricky concepts, and quizzes to recap it all. Kids will explore the concepts of computer science, learn how websites are designed and created, and understand the fundamentals of coding with Scratch, Python, HTML, and CSS. Written by Grant Smith, a computer science education expert—and vetted by an award-winning computer-science teacher—this Big Fat Notebook is for every student who is either taking computer science in school or is a passionate code warrior.
About the Author
Grant Smith is an educator, author, and expert in the field of computer science education. He has taught computer science at the elementary and middle school levels and has served as a school district administrator. As a consultant, Grant has served on national computer science education panels and is one of the authors of the 2017 CSTA Computer Science Standards. Grant has trained hundreds of teachers in almost all 50 states and 41 countries on how they can teach computer science to middle and elementary school students. He has developed computer science curricula and standards for leading curriculum providers including code.org, codeSpark, Kodable, and more. In 2015, he won the Digital Promise/EdSurge Digital Innovation in Learning Award. Grant has a B.S. degree in Information Systems from Brigham Young University - Hawaii, a Master of Education Technology degree from Boise State University, and began his Doctor of Education degree at Johns Hopkins University.