Let UT Dallas’ WeTeach_CS Collaborative show you how to run a CS summer institute for your own Collaborative.

Program Overview

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.

Presenters 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 trinket.io or repl.it. You’ll be given instructions on how to get everyone up and running in a BYOD situation. In addition, the academy incorporates a variety of “unplugged” activities to learn computational thinking and computer science without the use of computers at all!

Learn more about the agenda and presenters on the UT Dallas WeTeach_CS Collaborative academy page.


  • When – April 24-28, 2017
  • Where – UT Dallas, Richardson, TX
  • Cost – $300 per participant
  • Accommodations and Travel Reimbursement – Attendees may be eligible for reimbursement of travel andaccommodations expenses. See event page for details.
  • Registration Deadline – April 17, 2017
  • Downloadable Flyer

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