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

10:00am CDT

Sphero Your Escape by Solving Equations!
Can you figure out the math to help your Jedi escape the Death Star? Wanting to try out some STEM with computer science and math together in your classroom? Here you will see some ideas for integrating math and Sphero to engage and motivate students to learn and apply the important concept of multi-step equations. Participants will get to experience a galactic adventure with a Star Wars themed Sphero math maze and receive copies of all activities to use in their classroom. Activities can be easily built upon to increase coding and computer science in your STEM classroom with Sphero. Come prepared to learn, have fun, and escape from the Galactic Empire’s most revered space station. Download the Sphero Edu app from Google Play or the App Store prior to the session to be able to use your own device to aid in your escape (optional).


Valerie Blackburn

Outreach Assistant Director, UTMB Office of Educational Outreach
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Lisa Richardson

Math Teacher, Clear Brook High School in Clear Creek ISD

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

1:15pm CDT

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.

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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 CDT

2:30pm CDT

Coding, Camps, and Clubs
A strong afterschool program in computer science can generate interest in STEM and build a pipeline of students into your school’s computer science coursework. But how do you create a high quality, sustainable coding club or summer camp without breaking your back or busting the bank? In this Deep Dive, we’ll connect with the experts to provide best practices, tips and tricks from the front lines and activities you can use right away to generate excitement and energy around your program.

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Debi Pfitzenmaier

Executive Director, Youth Code Jam

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

9:45am CDT

You're Certified. Now What? Team Teaching with TEALS Volunteers! (Panel)
There is an increasing demand for computer science courses yet a shortage of teachers with the subject matter expertise required to teach these classes. TEALS provides a short-term solution to the teacher shortage and helps schools build a long-term and sustainable computer science program by partnering teachers new to computer science with industry volunteers who have computer science content expertise. Teachers in these partnerships learn computer science while team-teaching with volunteers until they are comfortable teaching independently. In this session, participants will hear about the TEALS approach and discuss how to use industry volunteers to support their own teachers.


Kris Maniscalco

CS Teacher, Bowie HS
I taught math for 12 years before switching to Computer Science. I hadn't done much programming since college, but I jumped right in with teaching SNAP!, Python and Swift, as well as Robotics. I have the support of TEALS in my Fundamentals of Computer Science class and it has been... Read More →
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Becky McCully

Austin Regional Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS
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Tonya Davis

TEALS program, Houston Regional Manager
Tonya graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Computer Science and started her career as a Marketing Representative for IBM selling computers, software, and services to the Education Industry when classroom computers and technology were first being installed... Read More →

Robert Carmichael

Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS

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

11:00am CDT

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


James Jobe

District Robotics Facilitator, Texas City ISD

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

1:30pm CDT

Ignite My Future & goIT: Computational & Design Thinking Resources
Explore a comprehensive set of resources seamlessly integrating the principles of both design thinking and computational thinking across core curriculum to give students the 21st century skills they need for future success. Engaging lessons and activities tie in exciting, real-world scenarios.

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Serene Gallegos

Program Manager, Tata Consultancy Services
As Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility, Serene Gallegos leads the Ignite My Future in School program, TCS’ collaborative education initiative with Discovery Education which has reached over 5,000+ educators and nearly 300,000 since... Read More →

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

2:45pm CDT

Conquering CS with Autonomous Robots!
Hands on robots! Participants will program robots in c programing language. See how easy it is to meet district standards and implement in a classroom or after school environment. No experience needed.


Ashley Borgerding

STEM+C Specialist, KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

Carol Goodgame

STEM + C Specialist, Kiss Institute For Practical Robotics
Carol Goodgame is a STEM Coordinator at the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. Mrs. Goodgame transitioned from teaching to a STEM Specialist at OU where she helped design and provide professional development for teachers. She volunteered for 7 years in the 6-12th grade Botball... Read More →

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

9:15am CDT

Cybersecurity Capture-The-Flag Competitions: The How-To's, Getting Started, and Resources
Cybersecurity is the hottest topic in computer science education. We see the term "cybersecurity," but we do really know what it takes? How does one get started with cybersecurity? How do we get our students engaged and motivated? What does it involve? This session will cover capture-the-flag cybersecurity contests and resources for high school students. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with internet access.

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Aaron Schmidlkofer

Richardson High School
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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 →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
  High School, Student programs (camps/after school/competitions)

10:30am CDT

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.

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John B Owen

Computer Science Project Manager, WeTeach_CS, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
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 →
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Tommy Gober

Curriculum Development Specialist, CYBER.ORG
Tommy Gober is a curriculum development specialist for CYBER.ORG and lives in the Houston area. Tommy taught computer science, computer hardware, networking and other technology classes in northeast Texas.He is a doctoral candidate researching cyber education with UTRGV in Brownsville... Read More →
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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 CDT

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