Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is collaborating with organizations to amplify events throughout the week of December 4 – 10, 2017, and computer science education efforts across the community.

All Week
Hour of Code Activities
Classrooms & Programs Across Central Texas

Hour of Code activities are being hosted all across Central Texas and the globe. Be sure your activity is added in on the CSEdWeek and Hour of Code websites and recognized!

All Week
BLOXMOB – Mobile App Building Without Writing Complicated Code

Easy and cool Hour of Code activity that is completely self-guided or can extend learning in any class furthering students STEM interests by empowering them to make apps.  Crowdsource apps for the school, classroom or group. Build apps with calendars, quizzes, flashcards, maps, chat, payment and other Blox. Works immediately on both iOS and Android.  FREE to use apps and free trials to build.  Unleash your creativity and build what you want. Check out our Hour Of Code App (launch from a mobile device) or try our HOC 30 minute builder introductions (launch from a computer) Build a:

Saturday, December 2
Build Apps with BloxMob 
Austin Central Library

Just BloxMob Saturday Dec 2 at the new Austin Central Library. We are kicking off Computer Science Education week by empowering teens to build mobile apps.  Everyone leaves with their own real, live, working apps on their phone and their friend’s phones.  REGISTER online.

Come out and build apps for:

  • Neighborhood parks and schools
  • Carpools and location maps
  • Scheduling tennis courts or team chats
  • Support of volunteers and local charities
  • Share events, videos, images and more

Not in Austin, host your own Civic Appathon using the BloxMob App Builder on bloxmob.com or use our guided app design building activity or check out our Hour of Code App (hit link from a mobile device).

Monday, December 4
Hour of Code on the House Floor at the Capitol
Texas State Capitol

Austin ISD students and students from other districts across Texas will be “Code Buddies” for the legislators/staffers to teach them how to code during an “Hour of Code” at the Capitol. Watch social media for event pictures!

Tuesday, December 5
Inspiring the Creators and Thinkers of Tomorrow: A STEM Symposium
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin

Hosted by the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, led by the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with special guest, LEGO® Education.

Join in an engaging, hands-on STEM Symposium focused on bringing computational thinking, coding and STEM to life in elementary and middle school classrooms and programs. Discover ways that you can empower students to develop analytical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills, while preparing them for the STEM and technology-focused jobs of tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 6
Intro to Computer Science & Coding
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Virtual presentation brought to you by Nepris
Presented by Zachary Sloan of Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Online via Texas STEM Connections (powered by Nepris)

Bring students’ questions to this open Q&A with a systems administrator from Samsung Austin Semiconductor! Zachary Sloan is eager to discuss his educational and professional background with classes, and to talk about some of his current work and why students should consider careers in computer science. Grades 6-12.

Check out all the virtual presentations via Nepris during CSEdWeek.

Wednesday, December 6
Google Event for Educators on Digital Safety and Citizenship
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6th, Google will host educators from around the Austin, TX area for an evening of conversation about digital safety and citizenship. The event will feature presentations from Google teams and nonprofit partners, networking with other educators, opportunities to share best practices, and more. And in true Google fashion, we’ll make sure you’re well fed! One of the programs that will be highlighted is Be Internet Awesome, Google’s new comprehensive digital safety and citizenship program for educators, parents, and children. Attending this event will give you special access to learn from and chat with the creators of the program and you’ll also get an exclusive curriculum booklet that’s only distributed at events like this one.

The event is designed for educators from a range of roles within education (teachers, specialists, admins, after-school program educators, etc) and will be of value for folks who are anywhere from brand new to digital safety and citizenship all the way up to thought leaders in the space. If this sounds like something that would be valuable for you, please fill out this application! We encourage you to share this application form with other educators who may be interested, too!

Friday, December 8
Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin

Hosted by the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, join in the first Texas Women & Girls in STEM Summit designed to share best practices, connect organizations and individuals, and showcase outstanding efforts to increase the number of girls in STEM and support the retention of women in STEM careers. Breakout sessions cover topics ranging pre-K / elementary school engagement, middle school engagement, high school engagement,  and college engagement, to workforce engagement / corporate women in STEM/tech affinity groups. Join Lead Partner Cirrus Logic and participants from companies, universities, schools and non-profits across Texas! Full agenda and registration details online.