forward: Bringing Austin programmers into local computer science classrooms

From: Cindy W.
Sent on: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:38 AM

Meetup Meetup Message from: Barbara Shaurette, Member of Austin Postgres Users Group (PUG)


Bringing Austin programmers into local computer science classrooms


:) Hi guys - I'm hoping I can get you to do me a favor. I'm working on a program with the local CSTA ( chapter, and I'm starting to reach out to other user groups around the city to see if anyone's interested in volunteering. The description of what we're doing is all below - would you be willing to forward this on to your mailing list and let them know about it? 

Thanks so much! 

- Barbara 


Hi there - my name is Barbara Shaurette. I'm a professional programmer here in Austin and organizer of the local PyLadies chapter. 

I've been working with members of the local CSTA chapter to put together a program similar to Central Texas Discover Engineering ( for the[masked] school year. With CTDE, science professionals can sign up, get paired with an elementary school teacher/classroom, and make plans for a school visit. This past spring, a few of us from PyLadies went to visit a 5th grade class in south Austin to give a talk about how we use programming in our jobs. The kids were so curious and enthusiastic - imagine how receptive a classroom of aspiring programmers would have been? 

But CTDE has more of a general science focus - what I'm working on building is a roster of developers that would be available specifically for CS classroom visits, to go in and talk to computer science students in middle and high schools. These classroom visits could just mean talking to students about what software development careers are like and what kinds of things you need to learn to get there. They might also involve some teaching, one-on-one mentoring, or extras such as helping to run an after-school computer club, if we find developer volunteers who are interested in doing those things. 

So far, we've gotten a huge response from the handful of communities we've reached out to. There are two simple sign-up forms: 

- one for developers:

- one for educators:

I'm hoping that I can get you to help out with outreach by forwarding all this information on to your user group's mailing list. My goal is to get at least 100 Austin developers to work with area educators during the coming school year. 

As time permits over the next couple of weeks, we'll start matching everyone up. I'm looking forward to seeing what an impact this program makes on computer science classrooms this year! Thanks so much for your help! This message was sent to you and 1 other organizer of Austin Postgres Users Group (PUG). To report this message or block the sender, please click here






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