This is my first year teaching coding. I was wondering if the Express Course (2021) is age/academic appropriate for 7th graders. If not, any recommendations? I see there are courses designed for MS, such as CS Discoveries, but I just don’t want to overwhelmed my students. Any advice?
I think you can use either (and I have used both). I think it depends on what you want to accomplish. They do pick up on the Express Course a little faster, but I really like all of the unplugged activities in CS Discoveries units 1 & 2. If you have an entire semester or year, I think CS Discoveries does work for 7th graders and I have colleagues who have used it even with 6th graders.
If you only have a short period of time, the Express course is a good one. The biggest difference is that the Express course is mostly just coding while the CS Discoveries is a full course on Computer Science.