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CS4TX September Meetup: Back-to-School and Coding Strong!
Join CS4TX for our Back-To-School kickoff as we get together, network, provide some updates on the state of CS education in Texas, learn about the exciting new CS I curriculum from the University of Texas at Austin and hear from two great local organizations trying to move the needle and increase middle school CS participation in text-based programming. While many at the 6th through 8th grade level utilize block-base programming, these innovators are pushing students toward industry-relevant text-based coding. ABOUT OUR FEATURED CURRICULUM Our friends at the University of Texas at Austin’s WeTeach_CS program have released a high school curriculum. Whether you are a beginning computer science teacher or an experienced veteran, WeTeach_CS for HS provides all the instruction, materials, and support you need to teach a first year computer science course using three programming platforms: Scratch, Jeroo, and Java. Come to the Meetup or check them out at https://utakeit.stemcenter.utexas.edu/weteach-cs-for-hs/ to learn more! ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Hello World’s mission is to build autonomous learners who approach and solve problems like engineers, with a focus on growing true programming and computational capabilities that can be applied to any field. Courses are modeled after college and graduate-level computer science and engineering programs and focus on applied mathematics, simulation and modeling as a means to solving complex problems. Students learn directly from their team of industry leaders, including software engineers, artificial intelligence architects and data scientists to prototype and test solutions to real world challenges. Kiwi Compute focuses on teaching kids the hard parts of programming through guided lessons and projects. On their self-paced online platform, kids learn all aspects of software development and their first programming language in a kid-friendly manner. As students move through lessons and projects, they master the more difficult aspects of programming - research, documentation, collaboration and debugging. Kiwi’s project is supported by the National Science Foundation, the City of Austin, Mozilla, Google and US Ignite. AGENDA 6:00 pm to 6:20 pm - Food & Networking 6:20 pm to 6:45 pm - Welcome, Advocacy Update, Computer Science Teachers Association Election Information 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm - WeTeach_CS For HS - Computer Science I Curriculum 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm - Special Presentation by Hello World and Kiwi Compute on Text-based Coding for Middle School Students 7:45 pm to 8:00 pm - Lighting Round (Share What You’re Working On) & Networking

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    CS4TX is an open community consisting of business leaders, parents, educators, school and university administrators, government officials and concerned citizens that are dedicated to bringing computer science education to students in grades K-12.

    The group works collaboratively and in partnership with Code.org, the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC), the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), the Career & Technology Association of Texas (CTAT), the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and other industry organizations.

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