Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC)

EPIC Newsletter

1/24/20 Newsletter

Published on 1/24/20 by EPIC Staff


Inside this week's newsletter are amazing opportunities for girls in computer science and an exciting announcement concerning techology course legislative changes.

While we do our best to comb the corners of the computer science world to share opportunities with you, we are always looking for more. If you would like to share your professional development opportunites, jobs, scholarships, or events with the WeTeach_CS community, please submit them to epic@consult.tacc.utexas.edu.



The 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, passed House Bill 963, which requires the SBOE, not later than March 1, 2020, to conduct a review of the TEKS for CTE and technology applications courses for Grades 9-12 and amend the board's rules to consolidate courses and eliminate duplicative courses. Below is a brief summary of the recommended actions discussed at the November meeting:

  • Move Computer Science I (Tech Apps) to Ch. 130, STEM, and repeal Computer Programming I (CTE)
  • Move Computer Science II (Tech Apps) to Ch. 130, STEM, and repeal Computer Programming II (CTE)
  • Repeal Robotics Programming and Design (Tech Apps) and maintain Robotics I & II (CTE)
  • Repeal Digital Video and Audio Design (Tech Apps) and maintain Digital Audio I & II (CTE)
  • Move Web Communication (Tech Apps) to Ch. 130, Information Technology, and repeal Web Technologies (CTE)
  • Move Web Design (Tech Apps) to Ch. 130, Information Technology, and repeal Web Technologies (CTE)
  • Web Game Development and Video Game Design: keep both courses; move Web Game Development (Tech Apps) to Ch 130, Arts and A/V Technology, and Communication.



Registration for the 2020 DFW CSTA Collaborative Conference is now open. This conference is targeted at K-12 teachers and educators who teach and/or support computer science. Come collaborate with your colleagues and network to make connections with teachers who teach the same content. The conference is free for CSTA+ members and $10 for CSTA Basic Members.

Contact dan.blier@pisd.edu with any questions.

Digital Divas


CSTA is looking forward to a great conference (details above) with workshops, guest speakers, and a girls programming competition. CSTA will offer three-team divisions for the competition and individual workshops for those not competing. The winning team in the advanced division will be awarded a paid summer internship at Kalkomey! Teams can bring their own laptops or use our PCs (limited availability).

CSTA is also offering a special workshop called AI Bot Camp that is open to all middle school girls! There is limited space for the first 60 student registrations. This is a great way to learn about the basics of programming and artificial intelligence.

Contact Jared Stites at stitesj@lisd.net with any questions.

Deep Dives


WeTeach_CS is partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to girls across our community and would love for your [school/library/location] to host a Club! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programs for 3rd-12th grade students to learn computer science with a girls-first perspective.

  • Clubs can be hosted at any nonprofit space by a volunteer, teacher, or parent with NO technical experience.
  • Every Club receives $300 in Clubs Funds (per semester) and an additional $100 Community Partner Fund.
  • Free coding curriculum including Scratch, Python, Javascript, Swift and more!

Want to learn more about Girls Who Code programs? Sign up for a Girls Who Code webinar here or take a look at our step-by-step guide on how to start a Girls Who Code Club.

Apply to start a club here: It is important that you indicate the WeTeach_CS partnership affiliation on the Clubs Application in order to receive partnership benefits!



Do you know a passionate educator who would make a great computer science teacher? Now's your chance to recognize their impact!

Eligible middle and high school teachers can receive full scholarships for Code.org workshops and all nominated teachers will learn about free resources to support their students.