Computer Science Curriculum Initiative
About the Initiative
I am glad to introduce a Computer Science Initiative in partnership with Bootstrap and The University of Texas’ Center for STEM Education, designed to increase middle school students’ access to a quality computer science education. Through this initiative, Bootstrap, a non-profit organization, will train 8th grade math teachers how to incorporate coding and computer science concepts into their math classes, using an easily adoptable curriculum consistent with national and state math standards. Because the curriculum is taught within existing math classes, schools do not need to hire new teachers or offer additional courses, which often is a barrier to incorporating CS into a school’s curriculum. Furthermore, the curriculum is designed to encourage students to pursue CS beyond middle school by using mathematical programming to design videogames in a fun an engaging way.
The training is generously funded by Brocade, Facebook, Intel and Dell.
- Middle school math teachers from schools located in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas or from schools that serve a considerable amount of students who live in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas
In Bootstrap, students will practice and apply:
- Word problems
- Planes and Graphing
- Functions and Variables
- Function Composition
- Inequalities in the Plane
- The Pythagorean Theorem
In this workshop, teachers will:
- Participate in a real classroom demonstration of the curriculum
- Build video games, using the math they already know
- Learn how TEKS Math Standards can be met through a STEM-focused programming curriculum
- Explore cutting-edge research on algebra education
What teachers need to bring:
- A laptop with internet capability
- Power cord for the laptop
- Mouse, if desired
- Type – Face-to-face
- Dates and Times – Thursday-Saturday, March 23-25, 2017
- Application and Registration Deadline – March 16, 2017
- Location – BiblioTech South; 3505 Pleasanton Road; San Antonio, Texas, 78221
- Eligible Attendees – Texas teachers from the 23rd US Congressional District, or who serve students who are constituents of the 23rd Congressional district.
- Cost and Reimbursement – Registration cost is $75.00 total per participant for this 3-day workshop. ($25.00 per day for each participant.) Travel costs will be reimbursed by the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin to participants who attend the entire event.
- Certificates of Participation – Certificates stating 18 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.
Application and Registration
The deadline to apply for the March training workshop is January 31, 2017.
Some registration notes:
- Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
- Payments are due before this event.
- Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
- The event is limited to 40 participants.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION
All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed by the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin to participants who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed, also at the state rate, as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option.
No hotel block arrangements have been made by the Center for STEM Education for this event. Make reservations at an area hotel of your choice, asking for state rate.
A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.
- Accommodations – No hotel block arrangements have been made by the Center for STEM Education. Please make your own reservation, asking for the Texas state rate. When you check-in at your hotel, provide the hotel with a copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate so you will not be charged state tax. The Center for STEM Education will not reimburse state hotel tax.
- Transportation – If you drive, mileage will be reimbursed at the state rate of 54 cents per mile (2016 rate). Use the shortest route on MapQuest to determine the distance. If you fly, please choose the least expensive flight and rental car.
Parking – Parking is free at the BiblioTech South.