At this year’s 11th Annual Texas STEM Conference, WeTeach_CS is presenting five sessions covering topics ranging building a K-12 CS program and Cybersecurity to computational thinking and combining CS with STEAM for both prospective/new and experienced CS teachers. Take a look at the sessions listed below or view the full online schedule for more information, so you can fill your personal schedule with WeTeach_CS.

 

Attending #TexasSTEM? Come by booth 107 and say, “Hello!”

Staff from the UT Center for STEM Education and WeTeach_CS will be on hand in booth #107 provide information, answer questions, and talk all things STEM education, Computer Science, and the Texas Teacher Externships Program.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

 

WeTeach_CS so We Can Ride the Epic STEM Wave

8:30-10:00 AM, Floral Hall A1

In this session, attendees will be exposed to various resources that will allow for explorations on how to incorporate the different Computer Science and Computer Programming platforms used both in high and middle school classrooms. Some of the resources that participants will learn about are from The University of Texas at Austin, based WeTeach_CS.org, Harvard University’s CS50, Oracle Academy, Webex, EdX, and BootstrapWorld.org just to name a few.

Presenter

Christi Coplin, Career and Technology Educator, Commerce ISD

 

Cyber Security Resources from WeTeach_CS

11:00-12:00, Floral Hall A1

Cyber safety is one of the largest challenges affecting everyone. Regardless of the current grade level of a student, they should all know how to keep safe online. This session will showcase several resources that are free to educators and provide effective classroom activities.

Presenter

Sylvia Wood, Computer Science Teacher, WeTeach_CS UT Austin/Leander ISD

 

WeTeach_CS and You Can Too!

1:40-3:10 PM, Floral Hall A1

Is your school looking to build a K-12 CS program? While STEM has received a great deal of attention recently, the reality is that only 3% of Texas high school graduates take a computer science course. You will experience hands-on resources for improving the CS pipeline in your school and professional development opportunities that will help your school train and certify more CS teachers through the WeTeach_CS program at UT Austin. Door prizes included!

Presenter

Carol Fletcher, Ph.D., Deputy Director, UT Center for STEM Education

 

STEAM into Computer Science for All with WeTeach_CS

1:40-3:10 PM, Floral Hall A2

STEM builds the roots and stems, but Art adds the flowers. Today with apps using block programming, coding graphics is easy. Participate in activities to create Mondrian art, digital flowers, binary jewelry and a Bee-Bot line dance. With limited time, combining CS skills, math and art can save both time and money, and create a lucrative creative career path; 60% of STEM jobs are computing jobs. We must prepare the every child’s mindset to communicate with computing devices. WeTeachCS can help.

Presenters

  • Pamela Ossorio
  • Karen North, Computer Science Educator, WeTeach_CS

 

WeTeach_CS Computational Thinking Everywhere

2:30-3:30 PM, Floral Hall A1

Computational thinking (CT) is ingrained in nearly all areas today. For our students, we need to incorporate some or all of the CT knowledge, skills and dispositions into all of our subject areas. You’re already using some of these skills in your lessons – let’s include others to enhance these lessons.

Presenters

  • Kimberly Lane Clark, Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD
  • Karen North, Computer Science Educator, WeTeach_CS

 

About the 11th Annual Texas STEM Conference

The Texas STEM Coalition invites you to Galveston to join in on the largest gathering of STEM educators in the state of Texas. Be part of over 1,100 STEM supporters as we learn about the most cutting-edge STEM Technologies and STEM Best Practices, maximize STEM Leadership Capacity, and learn about developing Successful Partnerships.

 

All supporters of STEM education are welcome to attend the conference. Join us in a collaborative environment as we propel one another up to be the best STEM educators possible.

More information / Registration

For more informations on the Texas STEM Coalition, visit: TXSTEM.org.

 

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