Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center – Georgetown, TX
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Monday, June 17

10:00am CDT

Coding in Grades K through 2 with Scratch Jr.
NOTE: Please bring an iPad tablet, android tablet or chromebook to this session. Scratch Jr. does is currently an app and does NOT work with laptops.
Are you curious about integrating coding into your lower elementary classroom? Scratch, one of the world’s most popular drag-and-drop coding languages, has a little cousin - Scratch Jr. Perfect for students in grades K through 2, Scratch Jr. allows young children to tell stories and create simple games through coding. In this hour-long introductory course, we’ll start at the beginning by examining existing resources and crafting simple programs. By the end, you will have the skills to effectively bring coding back to your kids!

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Ryan Torbey

Project Specialist, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
rtorbey@tacc.utexas.eduRyan Torbey is a computer science education advocate and former technology teacher. He is employed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) as a Project Specialist as he pursues his PhD in STEM Education at the University of Texas. His research focuses... Read More →

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

1:15pm CDT

Resourcepalooza - Engaging K-5 with Computational Thinking and Computer Science
Attendees with be exposed to a Resourcepalooza during this session that will help introduce their K-5 students to computational thinking and computer science. Exposing students at an elementary age to computational thinking helps pave the pathway into computer science in middle and high school. Come learn about a Palooza of great resources that are out there for elementary teachers and get some hands-on exposure to as many as possible in a 1 hr session. You won't want to miss this Resourcepalooza! Please bring a device to this session.

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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

Project Staff, Rice University
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 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT

2:30pm CDT

Stepping into Block Programming: Using micro:bits for Math Class
Turn tough abstract concepts into a math lab your students will love. In this session, we will program a micro:bit step counter to use in estimation and graphing learning activities. This lesson is aligned with 3-5th grade math TEKS.

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Sarah Horvath

Curriculum Coordinator, Youth Code Jam

Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Tuesday, June 18

9:45am CDT

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.


Laura Harlow

Instructional Assistant Professor, teachHOUSTON/University of Houston

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

11:00am CDT

Brain-Based Computer Science Pedagogy Limits Screen Time to Maximize Learning in Grades K-8
How should computer science educators approach the significant body of brain-based research that argues for limited use of tablets and screens for young children? This session explores a blended approach to teaching engineering and computer programming in grades K-8 that employs a broad mix of hands-on work, physical/kinesthetic activities, small group discussion, peer mentorship and (yes) individual screen-based work. This approach was pioneered by Dr. Allen Selis, a former K-8 Headmaster from Palo Alto and the founder of STEM Crafters.

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Allen Selis

Director, WGF/DS 15
CEO of STEM Crafters

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

1:30pm CDT

Integrating Computational Thinking into ELA, Science, and Math
This session will provide an introduction to what computational thinking is and how you can be embed it into content area lessons. Appropriate for grades 3-5 and middle school.

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Chuck Gardner

Sr. Director of Government and Non-Profit Engagement, cyber.org
Chuck Gardner serves as the Senior Director for the Cyber Innovation Center and its academic initiative, CYBER.ORG. He has over 10 years of classroom experience and holds an EdD (Educational Leadership) and an MBA (Marketing) from the University of Phoenix and a BS (Marine Transportation... Read More →
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Sheryl Roehl

EPIC Partnership Coordinator, WeTeach_CS

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

2:45pm CDT

Folding is a 2nd Grade TEKS: Integrating Core Content and CS Concepts
Come experience the cross-curricular core content magic of origami. Leave with a fun unplugged activity to teach CS vocabulary. This lesson is aligned with 2nd- 4th grade math, science and ELA TEKS.

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Sarah Horvath

Curriculum Coordinator, Youth Code Jam

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

9:15am CDT

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.

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David Ruf

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

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

10:30am CDT

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.

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David Ruf

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

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

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