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Middle School and High School (Grades 6-12) [clear filter]
Monday, June 17
 

10:00am

Building Computational Thinking Classrooms
I want my students to be excited about Computational Thinking and self-starters when tackling programming projects. And I am willing to bet that you feel the same way! Building Thinking Classrooms has been a transformative approach to teaching mathematics and science for years. So why aren’t we doing it in CS?? In this session, we will introduce proven strategies of collaboration and problem solving that will unlock your student’s potential and build engaging classrooms where kids think computationally.

Presenters
avatar for Allen Antoine

Allen Antoine

Associate Director for Math and Computer Science, Rice University Office of STEM Engagement
As Associate Director of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM), Allen provides mathematics and computer science support. In this role, he specializes in providing lesson ideas, professional development, and teacher mentoring in the fields... Read More →
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Matthew Cushing

Executive Director, Office of STEM Engagement at Rice
Executive Director for the Office of STEM Engagement at Rice. Oversee all facets of the department. R-STEM offers teacher professional development, student summer camps, outreach, and broader impacts support for Rice faculty in STEM disciplines.


Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
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10:00am

KIPR Drone Challenge Program - Learning Python Using Autonomous Drones
In this session we will look into the KISS Institute Drone Challenge Curriculum Program. This program at minimum can span one semester and longer. It starts teaching with fundamental programming concepts leading up to more difficult material. Programing taught is in the Python programming language and the program also utilizes the Parrot Mambo MiniDrones and the PyParrot programming library. The session will go over what material is covered in the curriculum and the structure of the program. Some drones will be provided and available during the session so active participants can try their hand at some simple autonomous programming. To actively participate, a laptop (Mac or Windows) is required.

Presenters
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Ashley Borgerding

STEM+C Specialist, KISS Institute for Practical Robotics



Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
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10:00am

WeTeach_CyberSecurity, The New CS Pathway
Cybersecurity is now, more than ever, a critical part of our lives. Bad actors are lurking and preying on the unprepared - we must match and exceed their efforts. Students need to be prepared to join the ranks of cybersecurity professionals to help protect our interconnected world. Come hear from cybersecurity professionals and educators about the state of this critical industry, explore the TEKS for new cyber courses Texas is now offering, and the new pathway your students can join to prepare for the workplace.

Presenters
avatar for Tommy Gober

Tommy Gober

Curr Dev Specialsit, NICERC
I am a former classroom teacher in Texas where I taught Computer Science, Networking, Computer Hardware, and Computer Programming. I have served on several states' standards committees, most recently Texas' Cybersecurity standards committee. I am a doctoral candidate with a research... Read More →
avatar for John F Owen

John F Owen

Practice Manager, Data & Analytics, Set Solutions
John Owen is a Cybersecurity professional with more than 10 years of experience in physical and cybersecurity, network management and support, combined with a strong academic background in Digital Forensics and Mathematics. He currently leads the Data & Analytics practice at Set... Read More →
avatar for John B Owen

John B Owen

CS Professional Development Specialist, UT Austin STEM Center
John B. Owen is a founding member of WeTeach_CS, in partnership with Dr. Carol Fletcher and Amy Carrell, and serves as the chief writer and producer of all computer science related professional development. This includes several projects since 2015, including in-person workshops for... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
C/D

1:15pm

Connecting Inequalities, Motion, and Code
Interpreting and representing compound inequalities on a number line diagram can be difficult for students. What if we could connect the diagram with physical activity and the engagement of robotic vehicles? In this session we will look at connecting number line diagrams for compound inequalities with logic statements for some simple code. The best part is, no coding experience required!

Presenters
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Judy Hicks

Texas Instruments
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Curtis Brown

Math Specialist, Texas Instruments Inc.
@cb_ltf


Monday June 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
C/D

1:15pm

CS, ELL and ELA: Si! Podemos!
Calculators and robots in a Language Arts classroom? When this English major turned science teacher was presented with the unique challenge of teaching students who have been in the USA for less than one year, a unique solution was required. Come hear about her adventures, and how technology and computer science were used to increase engagement and contribute to student success. Inspiring hands-on activities for administrators, instructional specialists and teachers to use the technology already present on campus in different ways.

Presenters
avatar for Lorelei Cummings

Lorelei Cummings

Science & ELA Teacher, Lufkin High School
English Major turned Science Teacher with 20+ years in the classroom gives Lorelei Cummings a unique perspective that resembles Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief. She strives for fun, engaging, informative presentations that are easily implemented... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
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1:15pm

Using Design Thinking to Develop Video Game Elements
In this hands-on session, computer science teachers will work in teams and use design thinking to create video game elements for specific super-heroes or villains. These elements may range from buildings, gadgets, vehicles, clothing, and inventions. Participants will use the Extraordinaries Design Studio Pro Kit throughout the session and will take away design thinking methods for effective ideation that could be applied to narrative, character, and world or level design in video or analog games. Takeaways will include guiding design thinking principles that can be used independent of the Extraordinaries' kit.

Presenters
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Edgardo Irizarry

Manager of Projects and Products, School of Design and Creative Technologies, UT Austin


Monday June 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TAYLOR

2:30pm

Hands on Python Coding with CodeBots and micro:bits!
Learn Python coding from a real Industry Expert!

David is an exciting and engaging speaker, with lots of interesting stories to tell about coding in Python for the Internet of Things.

How does CODE apply to Solar Fields, Smart Agriculture, Sports, Art, Entertainment??
...your students need to know - and David has coded applications in ALL these fields!

This is a must-see session - you'll gain SO many insights to bring back to your students!!
  • Are you and your students ready to “graduate from blocks” to a real-world programming language?
  • Want to level-up your AP CSP classes with an engaging project-based coding curriculum?

This session will introduce you to CodeSpace, an exciting new way to teach real text-based code using physical computing devices. Bring your Chromebook or laptop – we’ll provide CodeBot robots and micro:bits for you to connect and program during the session.

Presenters
avatar for David Ewing

David Ewing

President, Firia Labs
David thrives at the intersection of Software, Hardware, and Education. An Electrical Engineer by schooling (Auburn University) and a lifelong student of Computer Science, he’s held Chief Software Architect positions at Nokia and ADTRAN, and helped start Internet of Things company... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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2:30pm

Java for Beginners - Tools and Resources
The participants will work through a variety of entry level Java programming problems. The session will also explore various resources including online and printed. Some of these resources are free and others have a fee structure.

Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Wood

Sylvia Wood

Cybersecurity Education - Resources and More!, Leander ISD


Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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2:30pm

Utilizing the NICERC Cyber Range
Have your laptop fired up and ready to go for this hands-on session! Tour the NICERC Cyber Range and take a look at how the Linux operating system can be used to work through a series of “hacking” exercises.

Presenters
avatar for Tommy Gober

Tommy Gober

Curr Dev Specialsit, NICERC
I am a former classroom teacher in Texas where I taught Computer Science, Networking, Computer Hardware, and Computer Programming. I have served on several states' standards committees, most recently Texas' Cybersecurity standards committee. I am a doctoral candidate with a research... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
C/D
 
Tuesday, June 18
 

9:45am

Apply the 5E Model to Computer Science Classes
5E’s, not just for science anymore! Utilizing various unplugged lessons along with their Computer Science curriculum, teachers are able to alter a lesson or unit to follow the 5E model. Student centered, active learning has students engaged in the material and collaborating with their peers is applicable at every level of CS. Examples will use Code.org curriculum; however, the 5E’s can be used with any curriculum.

Presenters
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Laura Harlow

Instructional Assistant Professor, teachHOUSTON/University of Houston


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
BELFORT

9:45am

Bootstrap! Video Game Design for Success in Algebra
Many people naively assume that "Programming = Math", and expect magically higher grades from students who've taken a class in Java, Scratch or Python. In this talk, we will discuss the popular Bootstrap curriculum now in use in many schools across Texas. Bootstrap teaches students to program their own video games using purely algebraic and geometric concepts, and is closely aligned with the State Standards for Mathematics. Find out how teachers are getting involved with Bootstrap, and bringing real Computer Science and rigorous math content to middle and high school students!

Presenters
avatar for Allen Antoine

Allen Antoine

Associate Director for Math and Computer Science, Rice University Office of STEM Engagement
As Associate Director of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM), Allen provides mathematics and computer science support. In this role, he specializes in providing lesson ideas, professional development, and teacher mentoring in the fields... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
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9:45am

Introduction to Python
Join this interactive session for a crash course in the basics of the programming language Python. Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more efficiently. It is a widely used general-purpose, high level programming language.

Presenters
avatar for David Ruf

David Ruf

Teacher and Code.org CS Discoveries Facilitator, South Summit School District in Kamas, Utah.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
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9:45am

NICERC Cyber Pathways
See how different schools, districts, and states are building pathways (STEM-based or CTE-based) to prepare their students for the jobs and careers of tomorrow.


Presenters
avatar for Tommy Gober

Tommy Gober

Curr Dev Specialsit, NICERC
I am a former classroom teacher in Texas where I taught Computer Science, Networking, Computer Hardware, and Computer Programming. I have served on several states' standards committees, most recently Texas' Cybersecurity standards committee. I am a doctoral candidate with a research... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
AMES

9:45am

PLTW Cybersecurity
Project Lead The Way, a non-profit organization, is committed to providing students and teachers with inspiring and relevant learning and teaching experiences in Computer Science and Cybersecurity. Attendees will learn of the fully comprehensive Cybersecurity pathway that includes the AP courses Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A, along with the Cybersecurity course that is now part of the Cybersecurity pathway. Exceptional teacher training is provided for this curriculum that takes teachers to the sites of Computer Science/Cybersecurity Industries so they can see, first hand, the impact of CS and Cybersecurity on a company like Toyota, Lockheed-Martin or Cerner.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Jones

Susan Jones

DEBATE, HIGH SCHOOL
Midway ISD
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Tina Dellinger

Senior Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way
Tina Dellinger serves as the Texas Senior Director of School Engagement for Project Lead The Way. Tina provides planning and implementation support, technical assistance, works with Post-Secondary and Business Partners and all organizations that support coherent and sustainable STEM... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
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11:00am

A Guide to Robotics Competition Success
This session will cover three important aspects to robotics competition success: Building the right size robotics team for your program. The Engineering Notebook, Game Analysis, and Strategic Design. Game Day Planning

Presenters
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James Jobe

District Robotics Facilitator, Texas City ISD


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
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11:00am

COMPUTER SCIENCE IN THE REAL WORLD: What Skills do Employers Really Want? (Panel)
This session led by Tom Kyle will explore what skills are required of technology professionals to be successful, and what skills are looked for by hiring managers. We will dig deeper into the broader world of computer programming and technology. We will learn how to help your students differentiate between the skills required to pass a test or a class, and the skills required to be successful in the real world!

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Sedberry

Michelle Sedberry

STEM Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

Presenters
avatar for John F Owen

John F Owen

Practice Manager, Data & Analytics, Set Solutions
John Owen is a Cybersecurity professional with more than 10 years of experience in physical and cybersecurity, network management and support, combined with a strong academic background in Digital Forensics and Mathematics. He currently leads the Data & Analytics practice at Set... Read More →
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Anna Swinney

Business Relationship Senior Manager, Information Technology, PepsiCo
avatar for Tom Kyle

Tom Kyle

Cyber Security, Networking & PC Tech Support Teacher, Melissa ISD
This will be my 7th year as a public school teacher. I also have 10 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and an MBA. Prior to teaching I worked primarily as a computer programmer/analyst and project manager. I've... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
AMES

11:00am

Making Games and Learning CS with GameSalad
GameSalad for Education is a game development platform combined with a curriculum that teaches students the computer science concepts used while they create video games. In this session participants will be building a video game while getting a tour of the educator features of GameSalad.

Presenters
avatar for Tan Tran

Tan Tran

CEO & Co-founder, GameSalad, Inc.
Tan Tran is co-founder of GameSalad, Inc. Through it's Creator game creation tool and GameSalad for Education platform, GameSalad's mission is to enable anyone to engage with STEAM and Computer Science through video game creation.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
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1:30pm

Creating Robust CS Programs to Attract Students
How can we encourage middle and high school students to choose Computer Science as a career? What kind of CS course tracks will help us overcome our nationwide shortage of software engineers? How can we overcome common obstacles to offering robust CS programs in your school? Join us for discussion and perspective from Chris Yust, President of CompuScholar and a 20-year veteran of the software engineering industry.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Yust

Chris Yust

President, CompuScholar Inc.
I have 18+ years of experience as a software engineer and 10+ years in education as a curriculum author and president of CompuScholar, Inc. I have observed many state-wide adoption cycles, seen a variety of alignments and state requirements, and spoken to many school districts about... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AMES

1:30pm

Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers
Learn foundational computer science concepts and content to challenge the Texas CS 8-12 (TExES 241) and Praxis exams.

Presenters
avatar for John B Owen

John B Owen

CS Professional Development Specialist, UT Austin STEM Center
John B. Owen is a founding member of WeTeach_CS, in partnership with Dr. Carol Fletcher and Amy Carrell, and serves as the chief writer and producer of all computer science related professional development. This includes several projects since 2015, including in-person workshops for... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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1:30pm

Texas Funding, Strategic Planning and an Equity Focus to Grow CS in your School or District
Learn to build a K12 CS program for your school or district by combining new funding sources, strategic planning and an equity focus. Combine new Texas legislative funds and existing operational funds for the program, without needing new grants. Explore implementation examples and consider processes to customize a solution for student and teacher CS learning sequences. Identify key elements of the program that support greater participation and equity. Take part in interactive activities throughout to integrate these ideas and your school or district’s challenges and priorities. Leave the session with concrete next steps to grow CS in your school or district.

Presenters
avatar for Carol Ramsey

Carol Ramsey

UTeach Computer Science Manager, UTeach Computer Science
Work with states and districts to bring equity-focused and inquiry-based computer science experiences to high schools.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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2:45pm

A learning Platform for Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence Career Development
joyce@autoauto.ai

Mini self-driving cars and hands-on content. Teach Python Programming and on-demand STEM content with our ready-made project-based curricula and fun cars.
Please come to our hands-on session or booth to learn how to get started with our cars in your classroom, and for a chance to win one of our cars!

AutoAuto enables teachers to address the STEM education gap using an innovative project-based learning platform. This platform combines an adaptive learning management system with small robotic cars, giving teachers the tools they need to motivate and teach the youth to learn Python Programming, Artificial Intelligence and other on-demand STEM content. Moreover, it equips teachers by delivering programming and technology lessons in various formats (including videos), therefore making their jobs easier yet more effective. Each lesson has a check for understanding (CFU) system to track progress leading up to assessments to ensure mastery of skills learned.

 More at: https://www.autoauto.ai.

Presenters
avatar for Joyce Rigelo

Joyce Rigelo

COO, AutoAuto
EdTech educator and product developer, Co-Founder and COO of AutoAuto. I have a great passion for motivating the youth into STEM. On my free time I enjoy rock climbing and cooking.



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
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2:45pm

CS Toys and CS Tools
In this session we will discuss methods for initializing student engagement with your computer science program, with an emphasis on honest content previews and equity. We will examine some activities that can be used to give students an experience with computational thinking, as well as some common pitfalls that engagement based recruiting can fall to.

Presentation link

Presenters
avatar for Henry Vo

Henry Vo

Director of the Richardson High School Computer Science Magnet, Richardson ISD
I've been teaching for 13 years (11 years in computer science). Along with my students (past and present) and fellow computer science teachers, we've developed a successful, award-winning, state-recognized computer science program at Richardson High School. Some of the things we do... Read More →
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Aaron Schmidlkofer

Richardson High School


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C/D

2:45pm

Cybersecurity Education - Resources and More!
How can Cybersecurity be integrated into the classroom or the current curriculum? What is the current state of cyber education in Texas? What are the national norms for cyber education? Why does it matter? Let's take a look at this thought provoking questions and view some valuable resources that can be used in addition to or independently from your current curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Wood

Sylvia Wood

Cybersecurity Education - Resources and More!, Leander ISD


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
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Wednesday, June 19
 

9:15am

Algorithms—Using Simple Manipulatives to Teach Complex Concepts
This interactive session gives teachers some valuable lesson ideas on using logic puzzles to teach critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, as well as helping students better understand the concept of algorithms. Be prepared to move around and interact with other participants in a simulated classroom experience.

Presenters
avatar for David Ruf

David Ruf

Teacher and Code.org CS Discoveries Facilitator, South Summit School District in Kamas, Utah.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
BELFORT

9:15am

Summer Camps to Build Your Budget and Your club
Summer camps that cost almost nothing but raise thousands to build leadership in your Students as they host. Students teaching students and raising money doing what they love: Robotics.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Jumper

Angela Jumper

Teacher, Granbury High School
I have a passion for programming and security and love to prepare youth for the cyber careers of tomorrow. I coach Cyber Patriot for 4 yrs, CS Programming for 3 yrs and Robotics for 1 year. I love teaching Game development and instilling a love for technology in future generation... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
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10:30am

3D Printing—Unlocking Student Creativity with Easy and Applicable Lessons
Teachers will be introduced to individual and group lessons that allow students to create and collaborate as they design, model and 3D print their own logic puzzles. Both experienced and novice 3D modelers will gain valuable insights on ways to introduce and reinforce students within the increasingly important world of 3D printing.

Presenters
avatar for David Ruf

David Ruf

Teacher and Code.org CS Discoveries Facilitator, South Summit School District in Kamas, Utah.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
BELFORT

10:30am

WeTeach_CyberSecurity, The New CS Pathway
Cybersecurity is now, more than ever, a critical part of our lives. Bad actors are lurking and preying on the unprepared - we must match and exceed their efforts. Students need to be prepared to join the ranks of cybersecurity professionals to help protect our interconnected world. Come hear from cybersecurity professionals and educators about the state of this critical industry, explore the TEKS for new cyber courses Texas is now offering, and the new pathway your students can join to prepare for the workplace.

Presenters
avatar for John B Owen

John B Owen

CS Professional Development Specialist, UT Austin STEM Center
John B. Owen is a founding member of WeTeach_CS, in partnership with Dr. Carol Fletcher and Amy Carrell, and serves as the chief writer and producer of all computer science related professional development. This includes several projects since 2015, including in-person workshops for... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Gober

Tommy Gober

Curr Dev Specialsit, NICERC
I am a former classroom teacher in Texas where I taught Computer Science, Networking, Computer Hardware, and Computer Programming. I have served on several states' standards committees, most recently Texas' Cybersecurity standards committee. I am a doctoral candidate with a research... Read More →
avatar for John F Owen

John F Owen

Practice Manager, Data & Analytics, Set Solutions
John Owen is a Cybersecurity professional with more than 10 years of experience in physical and cybersecurity, network management and support, combined with a strong academic background in Digital Forensics and Mathematics. He currently leads the Data & Analytics practice at Set... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
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