We are excited to announce theCO’s 2018 summer Dev Catalyst Educator Workshops!

You will find a wide range of topics and presenters as you read through the workshop descriptions found at each registration link listed below.

All 2018-2019 participating Dev Catalyst schools may send teachers to any of the Educator Workshops for FREE. Attendees may be teachers other than the coding teacher if your school is offering other STEM programs such as robotics or engineering. Teachers from Dev Catalyst schools should email Molly Plyer at molly@attheco.com to register. Fees for teachers who are NOT working at a 2018-2019 participating Dev Catalyst school are listed below. If you need to pay with a school check, please email Molly.

Workshop attendees will receive a certificate of attendance as documentation for professional development hours obtained at each workshop.
 

 
 

 
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STEM Makerspaces in K-8 classrooms | $150
Monday, June 4 | 9am - 3pm

Are you looking for ways to bring STEM into your K-8 classroom? Wondering how you can use and teach technology skills to young students? And how is technology allowing that banana to play music? Join Sharon Clark at theCO as she shares her experience with setting up a makerspace and finding activities which engage students on a budget. Technology activities and demonstrations will include Makey Makey, paper circuits, Ozobot, Wonder Workshop's Dash & Cue robots and more!

About Sharon: Sharon Clark is the STEM teacher at East Side Intermediate School in Brownsville, TN. In addition, Sharon is a PBS Lead Digital Innovator, EdmodoCon'17 Speaker and Rural STEM Collaborative member. She was also recently named a 2018 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star.

 
 
 
 

 
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Dev Catalyst Overview | FREE
Tuesday, June 5 | 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday, July 24 | 9am - 12pm

Join us for an afternoon of information about the Dev Catalyst program, competition categories and opportunities for students & teachers. We will also discuss tips and tricks for getting students to produce successful dev projects as they compete for a spot on our all-expense-paid San Francisco Tech Tour. While there student winners and selected teachers tour tech companies such as LinkedIn, Google, Pivotal and more.

About Molly: Molly Plyler is the Educational Outreach Coordinator at theCO. In addition to having her master's degree in education, Molly is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator as determined by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She has conducted STEM workshops across TN teaching middle & high school students and teachers about Raspberry Pi microcomputers. In addition, Molly directs theCO's Dev Catalyst program which works to improve K-12 technology education.

 
 

 
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Intro to VEX Robotics | $195
Monday-Tuesday, June 11-12 | 9am - 3pm

Are you a K-12 educator interested in ROBOTS? Would you like your students to compete in robotics competitions but aren't sure where to begin? Join us at theCO on July 11 & 12 as Shelli Brasher with Robotics Education & Competition Foundation leads you through the tips and tricks of working with VEX robotics in a K-12 classroom. Educators will spend time building, coding and driving a robot.

About Shelli: Robotics Education instructor Shelli Brasher brings years of experience as a robotics coach and secondary classroom educator. Her passion for robotics and STEM education will inspire you to build robots and prepare your students for competition. Shelli is the Regional Support Manager for Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.

 
 

 
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Am I Coding or Baking with Raspberry Pi? (Level 1) | $150
Monday, July 16 | 9am - 3pm

Have you heard about K-12 teachers using Raspberry Pi microcomputers but have no idea what they are? Interested in digitally composing music? Coding or wiring LED lights or just taking more selfies? The possibilities are endless with the Raspberry Pi. From breadboards to circuit boards, K-12 teachers are invited for a day of fun as they learn everything they need to know to get the Raspberry Pi running right out of the box!

About Molly: Molly Plyler is the Educational Outreach Coordinator at theCO. In addition to having her master's degree in education, Molly is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator as determined by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She has conducted STEM workshops across TN teaching middle & high school students and teachers about Raspberry Pi microcomputers. In addition, Molly directs theCO's Dev Catalyst program which works to improve K-12 technology education.

 
 
 
 

 
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Building Projects with Raspberry Pi (Level 2) | $150
Tuesday, July 17 | 9am - 3pm

Now that you understand the basics of Raspberry Pi microcomputers... what's next? How to you encourage students to build electronics with the Pi? And how to you make sure no one gets hurt as students enter the world of physical computing? Join us at theCO as we explore Raspberry Pi, voltage, current, breadboards, motors and more!

About Ben: Ben Lawrence is an Instructor of Industrial Technology at Jackson State Community College. He holds degrees in biology and electrical engineering while currently working on a masters degree in engineering technology. When not sharing his couch with five cats and two dogs, Ben spends his free time completing woodworking and electronics projects.

 
 

 
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Design Is the Way It Works | $150
Wednesday, July 18 | 9am - 3pm

How do you produce websites and apps which are designed well? Is it just about aesthetics or is there more behind it all? Join us at theCO as William Donnell teaches basic concepts of design, as well as, understanding how to remix and invent modern styles while understanding the overall goal that design is how it works. *Attendees should bring a laptop.

About William: CO:founder William Donnell is founder and lead “designtist” of experience design firm Sodium Halogen. Over the past fifteen years, William’s team has worked remotely with startups from San Francisco to DC, as well as with established companies such as GE Capital and Mars Petcare to create amazing brand experiences for the web and mobile with their “Designtific Method.” William created a workshop with the smart folks atLUXr.co, spoke at past two Lean Startup conferences, and recently helped Pivotal Labs facilitate an innovation workshop for the White House. 

 
 

 
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Getting Started in Web Development | $150
Thursday, July 19 | 9am - 3pm

In a world of endless computer programming languages, how do you learn basic web development skills? Furthermore, how do you teach those skills to your students in the classroom environment you are given? Chance Smith will walk you through the world of programming languages, editors and basic web development code as he teaches you to build your own website. *Attendees should bring a laptop.

About Chance: Chance Smith is a web developer and project manager. In other words, he enjoys solving problems and impressing customers. Most of the websites and apps he builds are for startups in San Francisco and DC area. He has also worked on some fascinating projects with Chick-fil-a, Vanderbilt Hospital and POPVOX.

 
 

 
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Teaching Students About Data Management | $150
Friday, July 20 | 9am - 3pm

Want to prepare your students for the future? Jobs in data management are among the most demanded positions in the tech sector. With recent media reports of data breaches, it is becoming more important to understand relational data and the role it plays in our daily lives. Join Michael Plyler at theCO as he starts you at spreadsheets then advances to relational data tables, databases and code. *Attendees should bring a laptop.

About Michael: With over 15 years of application development experience, Michael has served as computer science faculty, university webmaster, and the director of development and operations in IT at Freed-Hardeman University since 2002. His academic areas of expertise include programming languages, database design, discrete event simulations of wireless sensor networks, and classroom technology.