Seven teacher workshops in Massachusetts gain ECEP support

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is delighted to announce its support of a variety of professional development offerings for K-12 Massachusetts teachers this summer.

ECEP surveyed Massachusetts computing teachers to understand their professional development needs, as well as the barriers that make participation difficult. In response, ECEP is supporting workshops across the state on a range of topics and in various formats, from seminars to full week hands-on workshops. ECEP also shared the survey results with professional development providers across the state to encourage the development of expanded and coordinated opportunities to help teachers prepare to teach computing.  A compilation of computing workshops for teachers across the state is gathered here: http://caite.cs.umass.edu/educators/professional_development.html

Massachusetts workshops supported by ECEP, summer 2014:

June 26, July 24, Aug. 14, Sep. 11
How People Learn Computational Thinking Seminar
Read and discuss influential papers in computer science education and learning research, with opportunities to reflect on your own teaching practices and experiences.
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Led by Fred Martin
More information & registration here

June 30-July1 
CS Unplugged
Learn how to incorporate computing concepts and hands-on activities into your curriculum -- no computer required!
Worcester State University
Led by Aparna Mahadev and Karl Wurst
More information & registration here

July 14-18
LEGO Robotics for Educators
Work hands-on with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming and robotics education planning. 
Worcester Polytechnic Inst. STEM Educ. Center
More information & registration here

July 28 - Aug. 1
App Inventor 2 Boot Camp
Build your own apps with MIT App Inventor 2, and explore how to integrate app programming and computing into STEM curricula.
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
Led by Mark Sherman, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
More information & registration here

Aug. 4-8
VEX Robotics for Educators
Experience VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software, and discuss classroom scenarios. 
Worcester Polytechnic Inst. STEM Educ. Center
More information & registration here

Aug. 13
Artbotics with LEGO Mindstorms
Discover this outreach platform for exposing students to computer science through art and robotics. 
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
Led by Adam Norton and Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell
More information & registration here

Aug. 15
FIRST LEGO League Coaches Connect
Join educators, parents, and leaders of youth-serving organizations who want to organize and coach a robotics program for 9-14 year olds. 
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
Led by Karen Sullivan, FIRST representative
More information & registration here