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Thursday, June 6
 

7:30am

Registration & Networking
Thursday June 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am
TBA

8:00am

Welcome & Keynote
Presenters
avatar for Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin

Executive Director, CSTA
Jake is the Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, the world’s leading association for K-12 computer science teachers.He is a former high school computer science teacher, department chair, and professional development provider with the Chicago Public Schools... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Aspen 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Crawl, Walk, then Run to Computer Science
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Does every student in your district get the chance to experience the joy of computing?  Developing in district-wide, PK-12 Computer Science Program for every student takes patience, planning, and perseverance.  Participants will leave the session with specific goals, strategies, and next steps for embarking on this exciting train to the future!

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session. Access to Google Docs, Sheets, Drive and Slides would be helpful for creating their own plans and saving resources.  Access to Padlet via devicewill also allow for full engagement.

Implementation Continuum
Presentation Slides

Standards:
ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators 1.a.i, b.i, b.iii, 2.a.i, a.v, and 3.a.i

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Weber

Jackie Weber

Director of Math & Computer Science, Boulder Valley School District
After 22 years in Education, Computer Science Curriculum and strategic planning has reignited my passion! I am a total geek when talking about integrating Computer Science into content areas, providing opportunities for full engagement for all students and creating professional learning... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 10:50am
Snowmass 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Educate Robot-proof Kids through Robot Building and Coding
Limited Capacity filling up

Students with mental resilience and combined technical and transferable life skills are hardest to be replaced by AI and robots. We will share our experience of teaching computational thinking and social emotional skills through student-centered robot constructing and coding. Attendees will have 90 minutes of hands-on robot building time.  

Please bring a Chromebook, Mac, or Windows computer and add extension Rogic on Chrome.

Standards:


Presenters
QH

Qing Hua

Co-Founder of Build-A-Robot@Kids2GLOW


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 10:50am
Miner's Creek 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Inspire Your Students to be Creators of Interactive Projects!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Challenge yourself and your students to move beyond display projects and add interactivity to academic projects. Using Scratch programming and a Makey Makey circuit board students can elevate the exposition of their learning. During this interactive session participants will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of student created projects and then build a program and controller of their own.  

Please bring a device: Chromebook, Mac Computer, Windows Computer, any computer will do!

Conference Materials: https://techiemaule.blogspot.com/

Presenters
avatar for Stacey Maule

Stacey Maule

Technology Coordinator & STEM Teacher, Glenwood Springs Middle School
I am Mrs. Maule. I teach STEM at Glenwood Springs Middle School. I have been teaching since the dark ages (not really, but 25+ years is a long time). I have taught elementary, middle, and high school both in technology and math in a variety of schools and several different countries... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 10:50am
Flatirons 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Computational Thinking: Robotics and Physical Computing Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

Through hands-on activities, participants will learn practical ways to apply Computational Thinking and Computer Science principles across the curriculum using physical computing devices (Micro:bits, Makey, Makey) and robotics with the Sphero. Please be sure to bring a device (Mac, PC, or Chromebook). If you have a smart phone or tablet, you may to bring that as well.

Standards:
ISTE: 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b

Presenters
avatar for Chris Pontillo

Chris Pontillo

Digital Literacy Coach, Adams 12 Five Star Schools


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Group Work that Actually Works: How to Manage 21st Century Projects using Agile
Limited Capacity seats available

Group projects are the worst... but they don't have to be. Agile brings learning to life and develops skills that mirror those used in software development. Learn how Agile enables authentic collaboration, promotes student ownership, and makes assessment easy. Leave with the tools needed to implement in your own classroom.

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session. Trello App / trello.com  would be useful and will be referenced, but not necessary to get the most out of this session.

Standards:
CSTA: 2-AP-12, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-15, 3A-AP-16, 3A-AP-19, 3A-AP-22
ISTE for Students: 5c, 7c
ISTE for Educators: 5b

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Manly

Jennifer Manly

Teacher: Computer Science
Jen Gilbert Manly teaches Computing,  Automation, and Robotics at Old Mill Middle School in Millersville, MD in the STEM magnet program. She is a skilled facilitator, with experience facilitating company-wide employee orientations and leadership programming for college students prior... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 12:00pm
Blue Spruce 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

STEM Modeling is as Easy and Fun as Game Design
Limited Capacity filling up

Game design is a common way to attract students into technology. Here’s a way to make STEM even more engaging: science modeling with game design techniques.

This workshop will demonstrate the use of an online 3D drag-and-drop programming environment, commonly used in game design, to model questions in science curricula, such as disease transmission, environment modeling, et al. Students learn to describe a problem in precise natural language terms, then translate that to an easy to use programming environment. Data collection, an integral part of science investigation, is built into the environment, so that students can control simulations as well as collect data for exporting and statistical analysis. Example models to be described include models for disease transmission, predator-prey environments, and wildfire simulation.

Please bring a compatible device to the session (Chromebook, Mac or Windows PC)

Standards Addressed: 
This workshop will address the following Colorado Academic Standards for CS Education: 1.1.1 , 1.1.3 , 1.2.4, 1.3.8. 

Presenters
FG

Fred Gluck

presenter
avatar for David Webb

David Webb

Assoc Professor


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 12:00pm
Gray's & Torrey's 1500 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Teaching Kids Cryptography with Python
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Teach Your Students Cryptography By Using the Python Programming Language

The Python programming language is extensively used in cybersecurity. Cryptography is a distinct and important role in the (quite large) cybersecurity arena of positions. By helping kids program a cipher (encrypted message) in Python, the teacher is accomplishing two things: Introducing students to Python, and teaching them a bit about crypto. Crypto is a **huge** topic, so secondary teachers cannot expect students to run away with it. But teachers can be successful in teaching basic cryptographic ideas with Python programming.

Attendees should have their favorite Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE) installed on their computer. I would recommend PyCharm Edu if teachers do not have a preference. https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm-edu/

Standards:
CSTA (CP) 5.3.B.4 and 9, (CL) 5.3.B.1 and 5, and (CPP) 5.3.B.3, and 4

Presenters
avatar for Bill Heldman

Bill Heldman

Computer Science and Cybersecurity Instructor, Warren Tech
After a 20-year long career in Information Technology (IT), I am finishing up my 13th teaching computer science and cybersecurity at Warren Tech (WT), which is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school in the Jeffco School District. WT's central campus is based in Lakewood... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 12:00pm
Silverton 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:40am

Using the Allegro Game Library to Code PONG in C++
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentation Slideshow Link

Allegro is an open source game library with an easy learning curve and an active online community. In this this session, we'll guide participants through coding PONG in C++ using Allegro, emphasizing the mathematics needed along the way.

Participants should bring their own laptops for this session, preferably with a development environment (Visual Studio, CodeBlocks, Eclipse, etc) pre-installed.

This session would be best for participants with basic knowledge of procedural programming (conditional statements, loops, functions, etc), and familiarity with navigating Integrated Development Environments, like Visual Studio.

Standards:
CTSA: 3B-AP-09 , 3B-AP-14, CTSA 3B-AP-22

Presenters
avatar for Jen Moriarty

Jen Moriarty

CTE Instructor, CEC Early College
Hi! I love video games- I think they're the perfect springboard to help kids learn about everything from math and computer science to history and literacy!


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:40am - 12:00pm
Crestone Peak 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

11:00am

Birds of a Feather - Computer Science Education Advocacy in Schools, Districts, and the State
Limited Capacity filling up

Birds of a Feather (Flock together). If you are interested in bringing computer science education to more schools in your district or even your school, join us to discuss how CSTA and a new CS4All coalition can help support these initiatives. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by sharing your own experiences, gaining insight into computer science advocacy from districts to the state, and how you can gain the support of your administration, parents and students to make computer science education a foundational part of our education system.

Attendees should have a Google account.

Standards:
N/A

Presenters
KB

Kristina Brown

Instructor


Thursday June 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Snowmass 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

11:00am

CS with Jake
Join Jake Baskin for a discussion on how schools and districts across the nation (and world!) are implementing CS education in P-12. Hear about the successful and sustainable programs Jake has seen and share the innovations your own school or district has implemented. Let’s learn together!  

Presenters
avatar for Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin

Executive Director, CSTA
Jake is the Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, the world’s leading association for K-12 computer science teachers.He is a former high school computer science teacher, department chair, and professional development provider with the Chicago Public Schools... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Aspen 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

11:00am

Middle School CS & Design Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on the Colorado Academy 7th grade CS curriculum, which uses Snap, Makey Makey and Hummingbird Electronics to engage students in learning key hardware and software concepts. We will provide access to the presentations, lesson plans, templates, rubrics and resources for teachers to implement the course. 

Presentation and curriculum documents available here: bit.ly/7CSCA  

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session: Chromebook, Mac Computer, Windows Computer

Standards:
CSTA: 2-CS-01, 2-CS-02, 2-CS-03, 2-NI-05, 2-AP-10, 2-AP-11, 2-AP-12, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-14, 2-AP-15, 2-AP-18
 

Presenters
AB

Allie Bronston

Middle School Librarian, Colorado Academy
avatar for Jennie Kies

Jennie Kies

Teacher and Technology Specialist


Thursday June 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Flatirons 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

11:00am

Robot Dance Party with micro:bit
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn to build and program a robot using micro:bit, SparkFun moto:bit and the MakeCode programming platform. At the end of the session, participants will be able to show off their creativity and programming skills by using recyclable materials to build their own robot and join their peers in a robot dance party.  

Please bring a laptop/Chromebook to the session.

Standards:


Presenters
JB

Jeff Branson

Human-Cyborg Relations, SparkFun


Thursday June 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Miner's Creek 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

12:00pm

Free Lunch, Networking & Keynote
FREE Lunch, with a surprise giveaway from Sphero!
Need Gluten Free? Please complete this form by May 24: tinyurl.com/RockGlutenFree
  • Network  with like-minded colleagues
  • Explore paper circuits with Sparkfun Electronics
  • Hear Ruthe Farmer's keynote: Inclusion Strategies to Truly Get to CSforALL 

Presenters
avatar for Ruthe Farmer

Ruthe Farmer

Chief Evangelist, CSforAll
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for CSforALL. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on Preside... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Aspen 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Coding in Action
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide information regarding how Widefield School District has engaged students in learning to code and application of coding at the elementary schools in district. The presentation will include how an after-school program has developed into a coding competition and technology expo for the community as well as created a culture for innovation, problem solving, and computer science. Examples, outcomes, struggles, and successes will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and leave the session with ideas on how to integrate opportunities in their own school district.  

sites.google.com/wsd3.org/codinginaction

Standards:
ISTE 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d

Presenters
KD

Kevin Duren

Executive Director, Widefield School District 3
KS

Kelley Stone

Instructional Technology Specialist


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Miner's Creek 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

District-wide CSforAll Initiatives
Limited Capacity seats available

Providing district-wide CSforAll ensures ALL students have equitable access to this important 21st-century skill. Join me to discuss district-wide elementary coding programs from across the country. We’ll end with an insightful questionnaire to help guide your district’s implementation plan. Explore case studies and learn how your district can implement CSforALL!

Standards:
CSTA
Colorado CS Standards

Presenters
avatar for Abby Funabiki

Abby Funabiki

Associate Executive Director, BootUp PD
Abby Funabiki has worked with school districts across the country to implement district-wide computer science for all initiatives. She has facilitated workshops for the CSforAll Consortium to help district leadership understand what is needed to support computer science for all. Abby... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Crestone Peak 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Group Work that Actually Works: Agile for Authentic Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Group projects are the worst... but they don't have to be. Agile methods bring learning to life for students and develop skills that mirror those used in software development and start ups. Learn how Agile enables authentic collaboration, promotes student ownership, and makes assessment easy.

Standards:
CSTA: 2-AP-15, 2-AP-18, 3A-AP-16, 3A-AP-19, 3A-AP-22
ISTE Standards for Students: 5c, 7c
ISTE Standards for Educators: 5b

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Manly

Jennifer Manly

Teacher: Computer Science
Jen Gilbert Manly teaches Computing,  Automation, and Robotics at Old Mill Middle School in Millersville, MD in the STEM magnet program. She is a skilled facilitator, with experience facilitating company-wide employee orientations and leadership programming for college students prior... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Blue Spruce 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Integrating CS with Other Disciplines: How to write a program for almost anything
Limited Capacity filling up

Computer Science can be used for any kind of application. How do we take a topic and create a program? Learn how to use any topic, use the ideas and data, and questions about the data to create a  program.  

Create opportunities for students to learn simple data design, simple processes and turn this into a very creative programming assignment for you and your class!

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session.

Standards:


Presenters
SJ

Sue Johnson

CS Teacher, BVSD


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Cottonwood 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

MAKE IT HAPPEN - CS Brought to Life through Microsoft MakeCode!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This hands-on session encourages everyone to bring their favorite laptop to experience FREE, virtualized opportunities for students everywhere to get their code on. Microsoft MakeCode is a web-based application that brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels. Walk away with a multitude of project ideas that meet CS and Colorado Academic Standards while giving students the ability to truly make their CS dreams a (virtual) reality!

Standards:
Each MakeCode activity is tied to specific CS standards. During the presentation we'll walk through a variety of the activities and show how teachers can identify which standards are being met individually. The variety of activities work to meet almost the entire gamut of standards.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Petersen

Brandon Petersen

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft in Education


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Snowmass 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Coding In Context: Bringing Real-World Coding Fundamentals To Elementary & Middle School Instruction
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you teaching students to code using block-based code? Would you like to take that instruction to the next level by having a better understanding of real text-based code? After all, what is it that makes code... well... code?  We will go beyond the nebulous concepts of problem-solving, logic and sequence to examine the fundamentals and syntax of real-world code with an eye toward bringing this understanding to students.  

The latter section of the class will involve hands-on experience with Bitsbox, a free web-based textual programming tool, where we will put these concepts to use and see how we can take students into this next level of coding.

Please bring a compatible device to this session. (Chromebook, iOS Device, Mac Computer, Windows Computer)

Participants should have a Google or Bitsbox account.

Standards:
ISTE: 5a, 5d
CSTA: 1B-AP-08, 1B-AP-09, 1B-AP-10

Presenters
avatar for Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Digital Teacher Librarian
I am the digital teacher librarian at Kullerstrand Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. I have been building a STEM program there as well, including a competition VEX IQ robotics club. I hold certifications in the Java computer programming language and the Spring Framework.


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 3:50pm
Gray's & Torrey's 1500 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Combining Raspberry Pi and Python to Create a Powerful Tool
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore using Raspberry Pi and Python to create an extremely powerful and easy to grow student tool for learning programming and physical computing. We will dive into how to use Raspberry Pi plus Python to allow students to interact with modern technology.

Please bring Mac Computer, or Windows Computer .

Standards:


Presenters
JB

Jeff Branson

Human-Cyborg Relations, SparkFun


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 3:50pm
Flatirons 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

1:40pm

Design Thinking- The Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

Design Thinking (DT) is a problem solving process.  This hands-on workshop is perfect for the DT novice. The workshop will allow participants to dive into DT and experience how it could be used in the classroom. 

Participants will need a smart phone or tablet with a QR code reader.

Standards:
ISTE: 4a, 4c

Presenters
avatar for Stan Hickory

Stan Hickory

Assistant director, Education Innovation Lab
Stan is an educator and leader in the business and non-profit sectors. Stan has run multiple for-profit companies and is currently the executive director of Trek To Learn, a non-profit that takes students abroad to experience other cultures and engage in service-learning projects... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:40pm - 3:50pm
Silverton 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

2:50pm

Equipping Students for the Workforce of the Future
Limited Capacity filling up

Join me to discover pragmatic ways to align computing education with student and workforce needs. I'll be sharing 8 tips educators can leverage to boost motivation and retention in CS/CT pathways, particularly for individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in computing.

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session.

Standards:

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Risteff

Melissa Risteff

CEO, Couragion
Melissa was an early evangelist and thought leader for the ‘future of work’ and the ‘multi-generational workforce’ movements. She started her career at General Electric and Sun Microsystems where she was a Six Sigma Black Belt and ran software engineering and analytics organizations... Read More →
avatar for Christian Booty

Christian Booty

Education & Workforce Partnerships Manager, Couragion
Master’s Degree: Virginia TechRegional & State Economic/Workforce Development: 15+ Years ExperienceThought Leader: Future of Work


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Snowmass 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

2:50pm

Everyone Can Code: Apple's K20 Coding Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

At Apple we believe coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative 
 ways. And it helps you build apps that bring your ideas to 
 life. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. So we’ve designed a new approach to coding that lets anyone learn, write, and teach it.

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session. (iOS Device/Mac Computer)

Standards:
CSTA: All Algorithms and Programming Standards
ISTE: Many in the areas of Empowered Learner, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, etc.
Approved for AP CSP

Presenters
avatar for Apple Education

Apple Education

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Barry, originally from St. Louis, MO, currently resides in Olathe, KS. Barry is a former elementary school teacher and computer resource specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas College of Education, and has an MAT degree in Computer Studies from Webster University... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Cottonwood 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

2:50pm

Getting Started Teaching CS K-12: Planning Kit
Limited Capacity filling up

Cruise through a planning kit that helps teachers identify by grade level standards, free resources, design curriculum, and assess computer science. Explore and start to map out your semester or year. Teachers will work together and separately in groups (elementary, MS, HS) to explore resources and map out ideas. 

Attendees should bring a device and have a Google account.

Standards:


Presenters
avatar for Christine Liebe, Ph.D.

Christine Liebe, Ph.D.

Educational Researcher, Colorado School of Mines


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Miner's Creek 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

2:50pm

Group Work that Actually Works: Agile for Authentic Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Group projects are the worst... but they don't have to be. Agile methods bring learning to life for students and develop skills that mirror those used in software development and start ups. Learn how Agile enables authentic collaboration, promotes student ownership, and makes assessment easy.

Standards:
CSTA: 2-AP-15, 2-AP-18, 3A-AP-16, 3A-AP-19, 3A-AP-22
ISTE Standards for Students: 5c, 7c
ISTE Standards for Educators: 5b

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Manly

Jennifer Manly

Teacher: Computer Science
Jen Gilbert Manly teaches Computing,  Automation, and Robotics at Old Mill Middle School in Millersville, MD in the STEM magnet program. She is a skilled facilitator, with experience facilitating company-wide employee orientations and leadership programming for college students prior... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Blue Spruce 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

2:50pm

Nifty Programming Projects and Tips for a High School Java Programming Course
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to teaching High School programming or just looking for some new programming projects to take back your classroom?  Participants can expect to leave this session with some fun programming projects for conditionals, loops, Strings, Recursion, Inheritance, and ArrayLists  and some teaching tips on a variety of CS topics.  

Presentation and Materials

Attendees should be familiar with Java Programming and the APCS-A Syllabus.

Devices may be useful, but they are not required for this session. If you are bringing a computer and want to try and run the programs, you should have a Java IDE (BlueJ, Eclipse, ItelliJ, etc..) loaded onto your computer. Links will be provided to all the materials for easy download.

Standards: 
APCS-A College Board Standards

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly Jans

Kimberly Jans

Head of Computer Science, Colorado Academy


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Crestone Peak 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

3:50pm

Wrap Up and Raffle
Join us to wrap up the day and enter the raffle to win one of many amazing giveaways!
 (Must be present to win.)

Thursday June 6, 2019 3:50pm - 4:00pm
Aspen 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

4:30pm

Rock CS After Party
Eat, Drink & Network

Join us at the Rock CS After Party to help us celebrate the success of Rock CS and network with like-minded colleagues!


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:30pm - 7:00pm
CB & Potts 1257 W 120th Avenue, Westminster
 
Friday, June 7
 

8:00am

Learn to Teach Computer Science with CodeMonkey
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form.

BYOD: During this hands-on workshop which is open for anyone with any experience level. During this hands on session we will work through these CS principles with both plugged in and unplugged activities that you can take back and use in your classroom right away. Our goal at CodeMonkey is to put teachers in the driver seat. We want to empower you to have the confidence to teach Coding confidently. 
During this session we will work through these Coding Concepts. 
  • Statements, Arguments, Loops, 
  • Objects, Variables, Array
  • Indexing & For Loops

Skills your students will gain from using CodeMonkey.
  • Universal Coding concepts such as using variables, loops, arrays, indexes, conditions, functions writing event handlers and more.
  • Real text-based coding languages - CoffeeScript and Python
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Generalization and abstraction of problems
  • Finding the similarities and differences between problems
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Object-oriented thinking
  • Independent working skills
What will I get by attending:
Each participant will get a trial that will include Part 1 of Coding Adventure which will include 75 challenges and skill mode challenges in addition to our challenge builder. This will be good for 3 months. 
Requirements:
Device Agnostic: The only thing you need is a relatively up-to-date version of either Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or Safari, and an internet connection. If you are using CodeMonkey on a tablet: For best performance - use a relatively new tablet (from the last two years) connected to the internet and access our website through the Chrome/Safari app. 

Presenters
avatar for Leena Saleh

Leena Saleh

Professional Development Manager @CodeMonkey, CodeMonkey
Former STEM teacher who is extremely passionate about the world of technology and how it transfers into the classroom to make our students workforce ready. I believe that providing students the skills for our future is absolutely vital.


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Mt. Evans 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241

8:00am

2019 Scalable Game Design One Day Summer Institute
Limited Capacity seats available

Registration: You must register for this event separate from the conference. Please click here to register. 

This one day turbo-charged workshop will take you from absolute beginner to intermediate level. No experience or prior knowledge required. We will show you how to use AgentCubes online with your students (recommended for grades 5-9) and the pedagogy behind it. We will create a Pacman game and then move on to a predator-prey simulation. We will show how AgentCubes online is aligned with the standards and our new classroom management tool.This workshop is FREE and additionally, you will receive a free one year subscription (teacher account and student access) for your classroom.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook with a browser (not IE) that's capable of running webgl.


Presenters
FG

Fred Gluck

presenter


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Blue Spruce 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Bring Coding and Robotics to Life in your Middle School and High School Classroom
Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form.

This workshop is designed for participants who are looking to bring coding, robotics, computer science and project-based learning to the classroom. During this hands-on session, attendees will learn about coding and robotics using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 to teach students how to solve real-world problems. Attendees will walk away with programming knowledge including basic sensor and motor control, linear programming statements, and loops, in addition to concrete activities for how to apply coding applications in the classroom using robotics.

Please bring your device with MINDSTORMS software installed.

CSTA Standards Alignment


Presenters
avatar for Steffanie Forbes

Steffanie Forbes

Educational Consultant
We are LEGO® Education. For more than 37 years we have been working with teachers and educational specialists like you to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful. We have a wide range of physical and digital... Read More →
CH

Caroline Hanson

Aspen Middle School



Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cottonwood 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF)

Please note: You must register on the code.org website in order to attend this workshop.

This workshop provides an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online code.org curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. The workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.

CSF Webpage
CSF one-page overview

Lunch will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Pontillo

Chris Pontillo

Digital Literacy Coach, Adams 12 Five Star Schools


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Miner's Creek 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF) Deep Dive
Please note: You must register on the code.org website in order to attend this workshop. 

This workshop is designed for elementary educators who have started teaching CS Fundamentals but want to more deeply understand Code.org’s approach to teaching CS and need strategies to fully implement the curriculum. 

Deep Dive One Pager 

Lunch will be provided.

Presenters
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Debbie Blair

STEAM Co-teacher, Douglas County School District
avatar for Melissa Daniel

Melissa Daniel

Technology Teacher, Douglas County Schools
GOOGLE!! So happy to be here!


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Aspen 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Coding, Robotics and 21st Century STEM skills through Virtual Robotics Competitions
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form.

This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of teaching Computer Science and
Computational Thinking using gamified, online, virtual robotics. Participants will learn how to address the goal of permeating STEM education into schools and meet state Computer Science requirements while the students are enjoying themselves. Using virtual robotics puts a robot in every student’s hands and the cloud-based learning enables school and out of school engagement. In parallel, the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition ignites the competitive nature of students to engage them in robotics and coding.

This session will introduce the theory of teaching coding as well as provide participants with hands on
experience in how to teach the program.

The curriculum introduced are CSTA and NGSS aligned.

Participants will get free access to the CoderZ platform for the session and for 30 days after the session
to continue working with the application.

Outcomes:
Participants will be able to explain what computer science and computational thinking are and describe
how their sub-concepts can be applied to their classroom lessons. Participants will leave this training
with the knowledge needed to share with others the importance of computer science education for all
students. After this workshop, participants will be able to introduce beginner or intermediate level
STEM/CS classes at 5th -8th grade level with no prior knowledge.

Requirements:
 A laptop or Chromebook computer
 Latest Chrome web browser
 At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)

Presenters
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Ben Smith

Supervisor of Educational Technology, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Pennsylvania


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Pinon Pine 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241

8:00am

Elementary Robotics Workshop


Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form.

Robotics are a new and exciting way to teach computer science in the classroom. They teach students computational thinking as well as creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This workshop provides hands-on experience with Robots along with practical classroom applications.
  • Dash
  • Learn to Code Box Set & Curriculum Guide
  • Sphero SPRK+
  • Ozobots Evo

Presenters

Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Dogwood 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Integrating the Micro:Bit into the Middle School Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form

The micro:bit is an excellent tool for introducing middle school students to the world of coding. During this session, teachers will learn about the projects and activities NICERC provides to teachers around the micro:bit that will get students coding! The takeaway from this session will be ways to use NICERC resources as a stand alone course, or as a tool that can be integrated in to a STEM or Liberal Arts Classroom.

Presenters
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Heather Howle

Curriculum Specialist, NICERC
I am a veteran STEM teacher with 18 years experience in urban and rural schools in Texas and Louisiana. In 2016, I was awarded the $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Instruction. I served as the K-8 chair to adopt new science standards in Louisiana. Currently, I am writing... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Silverton 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Teaching CS and Cyber with the Micro:Bit
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form

The micro:bit is an excellent tool for introducing elementary students to the world of coding. During this session, teachers will learn about the projects and activities NICERC provides to teachers around the micro:bit that will get students coding! The takeaway from this session will be ways to use NICERC resources as a stand alone course, or as a tool that can be integrated in to a STEM or Liberal Arts Classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Laurie Salvail

Laurie Salvail

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
I have taught K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, Robotics, and STEAM Enrichment. I am very excited to be currently developing curriculum for Elementary science and technology.


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Gray's & Torrey's 1500 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO

8:00am

Teaching Cyber in the High School Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form

The cyber:bot is the newest robotics platform developed by NICERC that harnesses the power of the micro:bit and integrates it with a number of external sensors and servos. During this session, attendees will learn ways to integrate cyber into the classroom through this new platform as well as best practices for teaching cyber through a combination of unplugged activities and NICERC resources

Presenters
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Tommy Gober

Curr Dev Specialsit, NICERC
I am a former classroom teacher in Texas where I taught Computer Science, Networking, Computer Hardware, and Computer Programming. I have served on several states' standards committees, most recently Texas' Cybersecurity standards committee. I am a doctoral candidate with a research... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunlight Peak 1500 East 128th Avenue Thornton, CO 80241

12:00pm

Let’s Get Gamified With CodeMonkey
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note:  You must register separately in order to attend this workshop.  To register, please complete this form

BYOD-During this hands on workshop participants will work through the three Game Design Principles. After working through several gaming concepts. Participants will walk out with a game that you have built and can start using in your classroom right away.

Concepts we will cover: 
  • Create and write event handlers
    • @onkey, @detroy, @collide
  • Creating parameters
  • If statements
  • Adding sounds and loops
  • Create an animation using a sprite sheet
  • “addAnimation”, “startAnimation”
  • Create unique versions of the classic game ‘Frogger’
  • Learn to control touch interface with the @onswipe event handler
  • Coding Components “onKey”, “step”, “if”, “setRotation”, “loop
  • Determine- position, speed, and direction

Skill Sets Students will acquire: 
  • Universal Coding concepts such as using variables, loops, arrays, indexes, conditions, functions writing event handlers and more.
  • Real text-based coding languages - CoffeeScript and Python
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Generalization and abstraction of problems
  • Finding the similarities and differences between problems
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Object-oriented thinking
  • Independent working skills
Requirements: 
Device Agnostic: The only thing you need is a relatively up-to-date version of either Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or Safari, and an internet connection. If you are using CodeMonkey on a tablet: For best performance - use a relatively new tablet (from the last two years) connected to the internet and access our website through the Chrome/Safari app. 
What will I get by attending: Each participant will get a trial that will include our three Game Builder courses: Platformer, Frogger and Draw Your Own Sprite plus Create Games. This will be good for 3 months. 

Presenters
avatar for Leena Saleh

Leena Saleh

Professional Development Manager @CodeMonkey, CodeMonkey
Former STEM teacher who is extremely passionate about the world of technology and how it transfers into the classroom to make our students workforce ready. I believe that providing students the skills for our future is absolutely vital.


Friday June 7, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Mt. Evans 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241
 


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