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Upcoming Workshops for Building CS Capacity in NJ

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We are excited to announce our schedule of FREE professional development for 2018 available to K-12 teachers of all experience levels.

Click Here to view past workshops.

Spring 2019 Workshops and Webinars

Computer Science Workshop for Counselors and Administrators

Date: Thurs, March 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
(check in and lunch start at noon, workshop begins at 1:00pm)
Location:  Education Building, Rm. 111 – TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

All New Jersey high schools are now required to offer a computer science class. During this FREE workshop counselors and administrators will learn about highly successful computer science programs in New Jersey and why your school should offer computer science if you do not already do so. You will learn about an affordable one year professional learning program sponsored by Code.org that includes a full week summer workshop and quarterly in-person follow up sessions.  We will confirm your registration and provide additional information including travel and parking directions closer to the time.

Presenter: Henry Harms, Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at The College of New Jersey and Code.org Partner Manager for New Jersey.

 


Advanced Arduino
Date:
Sat, March 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

** Please note: this workshop is designed to follow our Programming with Arduino, basic workshop. It is not designed to be a participants first exposure to Arduino. If you have not attended our basic workshop but do have other experience with Arduinos you are welcome to attend.**

Ready for round two?  This advanced workshop will focus on controlling pretty much anything electrical with an Arduino.  Participants will engage on hands-on practical activities that will include some of the more advanced shields and break out boards that can be added to an Arduino for increased function.  The topics of Bluetooth, RFID, and IR control will be discussed and used in a variety of circuits that control both AC and DC products as well as pneumatic actuators. Participants will also design some homemade sensors that can be shared in the classroom with their students.  For anyone who does not have a Technology Education/Industrial Arts certification, we will be having an introductory, ONE hour safety lesson at the beginning of the workshop.  Sample lessons and activities will be shared with the participants.

Presenter: Michael Cappiello

 


Python Unleashed
Date:
Sat, March 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world and is now used to teach programming at six of the top ten computer science undergraduate programs in the United States. Python has a reputation for being a well-supported computer language that is ideal for education and is also a favorite among scientists. This workshop acts as an introduction to computer programming with the Python programming language. The basics of imperative programming will be covered as well as ideas from selected areas of computer science, data science and education. We will review the basics of the language and discuss how it is used and taught.

Presenter: Lars Sorensen

 


Code.org CS Fundamentals
Date:
 Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:  Spotswood High School, Spotswood, NJ

CS Fundamentals is an introductory computer science course that requires no computer science background. Today’s students need to prepare for tomorrow’s careers. Computer science teaches critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Integrate computer science in your classroom with our 20 hour course for beginners.

This fun, hands on curriculum blends online learning with unplugged, hands on activities. You will learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that’s fun and accessible to the youngest learners.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please create a Code.org account prior to the workshop. Make sure to bring your laptop and charger. All teachers will receive a Code.org swag bag, curriculum guide, and PD certificate. You will leave prepared to teach CS Fundamentals in your classroom. Ongoing Support is provided throughout the academic year.

Presenter: Paige Besthoff

 


Unity: An exciting new game development platform
Date:
Sat, May 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

** Please note: this workshop requires participants to install the Unity software package on their machine PRIOR to the workshop. This is a large, time consuming installation and the workshop will not wait for individuals who are not prepared.**

This workshop proposes to immerse you in a series of activities so that you can learn the value of Unity through direct experience. When you complete this workshop, you will know how to create a fully functioning game in Unity that can be shared with others. Participants will be able to:

  • Set up a Game in Unity
  • Create basic objects in Unity
  • Manipulate the Unity Camera within the game
  • Setting up the Unity work area
  • Coding in C# and using the Unity scripting editor
  • Building a final Unity game to be played on a desktop computer

Presenter: Suzanna McGee

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15!

 


Mindstorm in the Classroom
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is a powerful and engaging tool for teaching engineering, technology, science, and math. Through hands-on constructions and small projects, participants will learn the basic concepts of LEGO hardware & software. We will focus on building a robot that can perform multiple tasks including the challenge of navigating through a maze. Classroom management will be discussed as well as organizing small students groups, storing of materials and effective ways to encourage creativity for both genders. This session is designed for educators with little or no experience with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3.


Facilitator: Graciela Elia

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15!

 


CS Discoveries Training
Dates: June 24, 2019 – June 28 OR July 29, 2019 –Aug, 2, 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Registration is open for Code.org CS Discoveries professional development workshops designed to prepare middle school and high school teachers to teach computer science. CS Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The curriculum is recommended for middle and high school students (grades 6-10) and can be taught either as a semester or full-year offering.

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries. Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a 5-day workshop to be held at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ where we will explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers. With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials. Support continues throughout following academic year as participants attend local, 1-day quarterly workshops hosted by Code.org Regional Partners

 


Code.org CS Fundamentals
Date:
 Wed, June 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:  TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

CS Fundamentals is an introductory computer science course that requires no computer science background. Today’s students need to prepare for tomorrow’s careers. Computer science teaches critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Integrate computer science in your classroom with our 20 hour course for beginners.

This fun, hands on curriculum blends online learning with unplugged, hands on activities. You will learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that’s fun and accessible to the youngest learners.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please create a Code.org account prior to the workshop. Make sure to bring your laptop and charger. All teachers will receive a Code.org swag bag, curriculum guide, and PD certificate. You will leave prepared to teach CS Fundamentals in your classroom. Ongoing Support is provided throughout the academic year.

Presenter: Paige Besthoff

 


CS Principles Training
Dates: July 29, 2019 –Aug, 2, 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Registration is open for Code.org CS Principles development workshops designed to high school teachers to teach computer science. Computer Science Principles (can be taught as an AP​®​ course)​ is also an introductory course that requires no computer science background (from students or teachers). We recommend it for students in grades 9-12 with stronger reading and writing skills. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries. Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a 5-day workshop to be held at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ where we will explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers. With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials. Support continues throughout following academic year as participants attend local, 1-day quarterly workshops hosted by Code.org Regional Partners.

 


NOTE: Teachers who attend an online webinar and complete a brief follow-up survey will receive a certificate for 1 hour of Professional Development. Webinars will be recorded and archived, so if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you may view the recording at any time HERE (but will not receive a PD certificate).

For further questions, please contact John Hajdu, Project Manager, at buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu.

Do you have a workshop or webinar in mind that you’d like to present?  Building CS is always looking to expand with new, highly qualified presenters with creative ideas.  If you are interested in presenting with us, please complete this survey and we’ll be in touch. Click HERE  to complete survey.

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