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Register for "Code U," a free coding workshop for all educators

Tech Valley High School has partnered with Albany Can Code, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and Questar III to offer “Code U,” a free coding workshop for all educators. It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy.

 

 

Workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the tech valley center of gravity

 

10.14.2016

 

Tech Valley High School has partnered with Albany Can Code, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and Questar III to offer “Code U,” a free coding workshop for all educators. It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy. You can sign up by completing this Google Form.

Participants will learn how to institute coding clubs or grade-appropriate classroom activities, as well as how to implement the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 5-11. There will also be a walking tour around Troy to visit local businesses that depend on coders for their operations.

According to Albany Can Code, regionally, there are as many as 2,000 software sector jobs unfilled for lack of local candidates.

“This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with community partners on a STEM initiative that is critical to our local economy,” said Sarah Fiess, the school outreach coordinator at Tech Valley High School. “There has been a lot of attention on the shortage of coders in our region, so we welcome the opportunity to share resources with all educators who can plant the seeds of coding initiatives in their classrooms.”

"A talent-fueled tech economy -- which is what places like Seattle, Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin have -- exists when locals have early exposure to the importance of software, and early opportunity to practice the skills of building software," said Janet Carmosky, executive director of Albany Can Code. "When software career awareness and skills are built into K-12, we'll be including teachers, families, every student, in a whole ecosystem for solving the tech workforce challenge."

The workshop is made possible through grant funds awarded to Questar III, as well as TVHS’ new school outreach program, which features a free monthly Professional Learning Community. Participants of this workshop will be eligible to borrow maker kits through TVHS’ lending library and other coding resources.

Jennifer Cannell, Questar III’s school library system & arts in education director, said state Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, provided state “bullet aid” to support this professional development program.

“Thank you to Senator Marchione for allowing us to introduce more local educators to coding. We are looking at this as more than just a one-time event, but rather a chance to create a professional learning community that will continue to collaborate and share coding resources throughout the year,” said Cannell.

Registration for this free event is required. Lunch will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own devices. Laptops are preferred.

Interested participants can sign up by completing this Google Form, or by contacting Fiess at sfiess@techvalleyhigh.org or (518) 862-4958.

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