The leading Computer Science K-12 professional development event in the nation is sponsored by TRC and coordinated by the UT at Austin Center for STEM Education
(May 11, 2016) – As computer science (CS) aligns as an integral aspect of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction, Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) offers its inaugural WeTeach_CS Summit bringing coding, programming and computational thinking classroom resources to K-12 educators. TRC sponsors the Summit June 7-9 at the Pickle Campus of The University of Texas at Austin in coordination with its Center for STEM Education.
The Summit’s three-day schedule offers teachers and administrators the opportunity to learn from expert national speakers in six general sessions, panel discussions, 56 breakout sessions, as well as participate in a student expo, vendor exhibits, and many networking opportunities.
Through support of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), every Texas educator who attends the full three-day Summit is eligible for reimbursement of their travel and lodging costs. Plus attendees will receive 18 professional development credits. The registration cost of $180 covers the 3-day event, daytime meals and training materials, or $60 per day. Register prior to June 7 at http://www.thetrc.org/cs-summit-2016/
The highlight of our Opening Session will be High School CS teacher Joy Schwartz whose students used CAD software to 3D print a prosthetic arm for seven-year-old Izzy Miller. Best of all, the students and Izzy will join us to share their experience.
“The inaugural We Teach_CS Summit brings educators together furthering coding and programming knowledge to K-12 students in Texas,” said UT STEM Center Deputy Director Carol Fletcher, Ph.D. “The time is overdue to expand computer science education to more classrooms. This Summit will equip teachers to lead students beyond being just computer users to becoming computer programmers since today’s students are the technology leaders of tomorrow.”
TRC appreciates the generosity of sponsors and speakers bringing their expertise and support to launch the inaugural We Teach _CS Summit: Google, Oracle, IBM, AT&T, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, College Board, The University of Texas, Duke University, Trinity College, GitHub, Rice University, Code.org, NCWIT, EdTech Austin, Round Rock ISD, Pflugerville ISD, TEALS, Project GUTS, Bootstrap, Exploring Computer Science, UT Dallas, UT Tyler, TACC, Hardin-Jefferson ISD, DonorsChoose, Harmony Schools, Lancaster ISD, Houston ISD, Whitesboro ISD, Aldine ISD, Region 18 ESC, Iraan-Sheffield ISD, Changing Expectations, TACSE, Valdosta State, Uteach, Sheldon ISD, Republic Schools, Milwaukee Public Schools, Muhlenberg College, Harvey Mudd College, Future of Privacy Forum, PRIVO, Lakehill Preparatory School, Towns County Schools, and 100Kin10.
WeTeach_CS Summit – Summary
- When: June 7-9, 2016
- Where: Pickle Campus of The University of Texas at Austin
- What: Six general sessions, panel discussions, 56 breakout sessions, student expo, vendor exhibits, and networking events.
The UT Center for STEM Education is a research, teaching, and service unit located in the College of Education. Its mission is to improve the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Interviews, photos or high-resolution logos available upon request.
Contact: M. Yvonne Taylor, 512.471.3916, Yvonne.Taylor@austin.utexas.edu