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Computing by Design

Computing by Design – Guiding Students to Pursue Computing Education and Careers

Have you ever wondered why your computing and technology classes do not reflect the student population of your school? Is there anything you can do to change the student demographics?  If so, please plan to attend this workshop to learn techniques to successfully reach out to female and under represented students.

Computing by Design provides professional school counselors, administrators, and teachers nationwide with information and resources to guide moreand more kinds of — students to explore computing education and careers.

Workshop Information:

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Top of the Zions Bank Building – Idaho Room (8th and Main Street Boise, ID 83702)
Cost: Free

Hosted by: National Center for Women and Information Technology and Boise State University IDoCode Program
Flyer: Download the Workshop Flyer

During the program, your school team will:

  • Explore computing hands-on!
    • Please plan to bring your own device as we will have a limited number of tablets
  • Learn about employment prospects in this fast-growing career sector, and why employers want a large and diverse talent pool
  • Learn about changes in computer science education, including:
    • Local computer science teacher training initiatives that lead to more course offerings
    • What new courses are like, and how they count toward graduation and preparation for post secondary pathways
    • Why computer science is a fundamental literacy, no matter what your students’ plans
  • Meet technology professionals, learn about their jobs and how they found their way into computing
  • Enjoy lunch and receive continuing education credit

Workshop Registration:

  • Please complete the “Save the Date” invitation if you would like to attend
  • Pass the invitation along to others who help influence students career and educational choices
  • NOTE: The “Save the Date” is used to obtain a headcount for planning purposes (Additional details will follow)


Program Schedule/Speakers:

  • 8:30-9:00 – Registration, beverages and informal networking
  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome
    • Amit Jain, Boise State
    • Chuc Diemart, ISCA (counselor assn)
    • Jay Larsen, ITC
    • Angela Hemingway, Idaho STEM Action Center
    • Jane Krauss, NCWIT
      • Find out who’s in the room, give quick view of the agenda
  • 9:15-10:00
    • Set the Scene – Jane Krauss, College Board video: What Schools Don’t Teach
    • What is CS? Try your hand at it, experience ‘computational thinking’ ( activity)
  • 10:00-10:30 – Big Ideas in Computing – Sole Pera
  • 10:30-10:45 – Break
  • 10:45-11:00 – Context for CS – Jane Krauss, US and local data
  • 11:00-11:30 – Steps toward Bringing CS to Schools in Idaho
    • Amit Jain – IDoCode/Standards/Legislative
    • Sherawn Reberry – district/Online course plans
    • Finia Dinh – STEM Action Center/CS programs Workshops, Camps, URG outreach, Grants
  • 11:30-11:45 – Why Aim for Diversity? – Jane Krauss
  • 11:45-12:15 – Meet a Technical Woman – Marianna Budnikova, Microsoft Boise
  • 12:15-1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30 – Meet a Technical College Woman – Olivia Thomas
  • 1:30-1:45 – Sorting Networks Activity – Olivia Thomas and Jane Krauss
  • 1:45-2:15 – Practices for Inclusion, Strategies for Guidance, C4C kit resources tour – Jane Krauss
  • 2:15-2:45 – Team Strategy Meetings
  • 2:45-3:00 – Team Reports
    • Swag giveaway – Jane Krauss and STEM Action Center giveaways (Jane and Finia/Angela)
  • 3:00 – Adjourn sign for continuing education credits – Arranged by ISCA
  • 3:15 – Tour of the new Computer Science facility – (Optional)