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Spring Symposium 2021 will be held on Zoom on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 9 am to 3 pm EST with an hour for lunch.
Be sure to register for the whole day of talks and professional development sessions for computer science educators. 
9:00 am - Registration, networking
9:30 am - Keynote

Keynote: The STARS Computing Corps: Meeting the Challenge for Equitable & Inclusive Computing Education.


We are proud to announce Dr. Jamie Payton, Chair of the Computer Science Department at Temple University, as our Keynote speaker. 

10:15 am - Meet the speaker, a roundtable with Dr. Payton

10:15 am - "Imposter Syndrome", a roundtable with Annie Kelly

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Phidgets Inc Presents...

Lucas Pacentrilli, of Phidgets Education, will present an overview of Phidgets and how to use them in a computer science curriculum. All attendees of this session will be able to request a free starter kit from Phidgets to be mailed to their home or work.

11:00 am - Algorithm Design and Pseudocode
This is Saturday PD offered in partnership with JumpstartPhilly CS4All aimed at teachers who want to be prepared to take and pass the new Praxis test to become CS Certified in PA. We will explore ways to explicitly teach problem solving to students, including the ability to plan your program and communicate that plan in English and pseudocode. The Pseudocode specifications used on the Praxis exam will be introduced. Algorithm design will start with common, known algorithms and how to express them in pseudocode to your own unique algorithms.

12:00 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm -  Team Flight Control on Drones in STEM Education
Join Team Flight Control (TFC) to learn about how drone technology is quickly becoming one of the most exciting topics in Stem education. TFC focuses on inspiring the next generation of New Age Aviators by introducing students to career paths within the expanding drone industry. Students will learn how to safely operate a drone manually and autonomously in order to complete tasks that simulate real life scenarios. TFC is also one of the only organizations in the country preparing students to excel in the exciting field of FPV (First Person View) flying. This session will introduce you to Team Flight Control and the importance of drone education.

1:00 pm - Repl.it for HS with Dr. William Mongan
In this workshop, we will explore opportunities to utilize Repl.it in the classroom for both small classroom exercises and assignments.  We will integrate repl.it projects with additional tools and techniques including GitHub Classroom and POGIL instructional methods.

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Flash Talks from CS organizations