The very first TeacherCon workshop was held in Houston, Texas June 19th through 23rd. TeacherCon is part of a hands-on, person-to-person, and rigorous workshop that provides initial fundamental experience and training on computer science. Sponsored by Code.org, the idea behind TeacherCon is to prepare teachers across a wide variety of diverse populations to include computer science in their class plans. The purpose is to help teachers give a high-quality computer science curriculum to students grade 6 and above.
The Code.org’s initiative, Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries), is supported by multiple organizations. It empowers students to authentically create artifacts and engage with computer science as a way to creatively communicate, learn problem-solving, and have fun! All at the same time.
More than 400 teachers attended the conference. They were from many states including the following: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and of course Florida, including Jacksonville, Orlando, and the #BrowardStem team, which included Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach.
The program CS Discoveries was developed from the beginning, “ground up” to be utilized as an engaging and understandable training course for every student, notwithstanding their previous experience or background. Aiming to show students that computer science really is for them, students are able to engage with many personally-relevant and culturaly subjects. CS Discoveries was designed with impartiality in mind.
The attendees were introduced with Code.org’s founder, Hadie Partovie (@hadip). He spoke about his passion for the program and his vision for the future. They were all very inspired by the discussion.
According to Valerie Crawford-Meyer, Ed.S., from Glades Middle School, the Broward STEM group met to have some fun and prep for the trip to Houston.