Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC)

EPIC Newsletter
 

11/1 Newsletter

Published on November 1, 2019 by EPIC Team



WeTeach_CS

The WeTeach_CS program is amping up for the coming calendar year! We currently have over 15 in-person workshops, 5 online courses, and 2 curricula available for registration. Many of our in-person events are offered for free through our partner organizations and we offer previews for some online courses and curricula. Check out our full list of professional development on the UTakeIt website today.


Bootstrap

BOOTSTRAP ALGEBRA - FEBRUARY 2020

Bootstrap teaches students to program their own video games in an algebraic programming language, exposing them to key math concepts. Middle and high school teachers around the country have implemented the curriculum as a one-month module, a weekly activity or an after school program. In Bootstrap, your students will practice and apply:

  • Solving word problems
  • Coordinate planes and Graphing
  • Functions and Variables
  • Function Composition
  • Inequalities in the Plane
  • The Pythagorean Theorem

In this workshop, you will participate in real classroom demonstration of the curriculum, build your own video game, and learn how TEKS math standards can be met through a STEM-focused programming curriculum. Register to attend here!


WTCS Cert Prep

WETEACH_CS CERT PREP

WeTeach_CS Certification Prep will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, or AP Computer Science A and can be used to teach Fundamentals of Computer Science and Computer Science Principles. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test.


Cyber Encounters Training

UT STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

Join the programs and departments from across The University of Texas at Austin for the 2nd Annual UT Austin STEM Professional Development Day on Saturday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mix and match your workshops throughout the day. STEM educators and all who are interested in the workshops and sessions are invited to join in. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/UTSTEMPDDay2019.

This event is hosted at the conclusion of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906), and is one of the many events or programs joining in the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem's CSEdWeek amplification.


Mindspark

CLAIM OUR FUTURE MINDSPARK WORKSHOP

Join us for two days of interactive content on AI in the classroom. In this highly-engaging FREE two-day institute, attendees will learn about what AI is, how AI can support classroom teaching and how it can impact student learning. Attendees will dive deep into AI content in a problem-based learning model, while learning from expert PD facilitators from MindSpark Learning and IBM subject-matter experts.

You can see additional details and register for this November 7-8, 2019 institute here: https://www.mymindsparklearning.org/claim-our-future-ai.


IDEA SCHOOLS

IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS JOB POSTING

IDEA Public Schools has an immediate opening for a Computer Science Curriculum Manager. Details and application are here.