If you didn’t get enough student coding camps and teacher professional development this summer, don’t worry the UT Dallas Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach has you covered.
It’s been a busy summer for our WeTeach_CS teachers. We started off with the 2017 WeTeach_CS Summit and Deep Dives, then sent our Certification Prep workshop team on a Tour of Texas. Helped teachers bring Math and CS together through Bootstrap, learn to print in 3D, and even attend APSI workshops, not to mention all the training our WeTeach_CS Collaboratives accomplished this summer.
Karen North, Texas’ own Computer Science Champion of Change, along with Pamela Ossorio (Pin Oak MS, Houston ISD) will be presenting Coding in the Arts at the 2017 Houston Arts Partners Conference on Friday, September 15 at 10:30 AM. This STEAM focused session, combining computer science thinking with creative skills, pairs well with the HAP conference which seeks to integrate arts education with other subjects.
Too often the thing standing between a teacher having a great idea and bringing that idea to life in the classroom is funding. Sometimes all that’s needed is just a little seed money to for materials or equipment to get a project off the ground. WeTeach_CS understands this, which is why we instituted the Mini-Grant award program with our first WeTeach_CS Summit in 2016 and expanding the program in 2017. Of course there are lots of grant and mini-grant type programs out there that teachers can apply to, but learning about them and tracking their various deadlines can be difficult. The folks at seem to understand this too, as they have created K-12 Grants Central. This online resource includes an updated calendar of upcoming grant deadlines, as well as a list of ongoing grants and related resources.