The WeTeach_CS facilitators academy at UT Dallas will give you the tools to run a one to two-week summer institute with your WeTeach_CS collaborative. The theme of the Facilitators Academy is “Computational Thinking” and contains explorations of computational thinking across the curriculum throughout the week. Our program is designed in Scratch and Python, but the computer science and computational thinking activities and concepts can be easily translated to other languages if you would like to use something else with your Collaborative.

At the facilitators academy, you will participate in all the activities of the summer institute, with added consideration on how to replicate the program for your teachers. You will receive a facilitator’s guide in addition to digital participant packs. The facilitator’s guide leads you through how to prepare for and execute each activity, along with an overview of the subject matter. The participant packs contain extension lesson plans for each activity suitable for a K-12 classroom, concept information, and completed python programs as well as accompanying skeleton templates.

We will demonstrate a variety of technologies that the institute can incorporate, depending on what you have available. All the provided activities can either be done offline on traditional computers running Windows, macOS, or Linux; or online on Chromebooks using the free online services or You’ll be given instructions on how to get everyone up and running in a BYOD situation. In addition, we have incorporated a variety of “unplugged” activities to learn computational thinking and computer science without the use of computers at all!


  • When – Monday, March 26, 2018 – Friday, March 30, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Where – UT Dallas,Richardson, TX (Building and Room TBD)
  • Cost – $500
  • Accommodations and Travel Reimbursement – Attendees may be eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses. See registration page for details.

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