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ACTIVATE: Advancing Computing and Technology Interest and innoVAtion through Teacher Education (2009-2012)

Tom Cortina
ACTIVATE is a series of three free workshops offered for high-school teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the northern Appalachian region surrounding Pittsburgh, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and western Maryland. The workshops will cover computing with Alice, Computational Thinking with Python, and Java programming for math and science. Accepted teachers will learn how to integrate computing topics and skills into their STEM classes to increase student interest in computing as a field of study in college and as a potential career path. All costs will be paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation. These workshops will provide modest stipends for participating teachers to complete surveys during and after the workshop to evaluate the use of the presented material in the classroom. (This work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation - DRL-0833496.)