Texas STEM Conference

CS for All through WeTeachCS.org and CS4TX.org

Bee-Bots Dancing to bring “Computer Science For All” to young learners

Texas STEM ConferenceDallas January 2017
Bee-Bot Presentation Slides and Handouts

Psyche Mission – Finding Hidden Figures … Exploring Spatial Skills

Practice math skills by coding a floor robot with 4 simple commands. Building Connections & Understanding + Real-world Application is a mathematics practice to prepare students to use patterns and relationships. Bee-Bots can help build those connections! Come Dance with the Bees and see how you can use these and other unplugged activities to build computational thinking skills in the lower grades.

People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true. My answer is, you do it by working. I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversity – and never miss an angle. – Walt Disney “The Quotable … it was all started by a mouse.”

Activities on codemathTEKS to give you 90 degrees angles to build diversity and dreams in your classroom.

Fish in a Tank Video by Young Verse
– If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree …

Bee-Bots Dancing to Bring CS For All

Music – Art – Dancing Lessons

  1. Dancing with the Bees 2007
  2. Robotic Spelling BeeI Love CS Fun.
  3. Bees Need Flowers – Plant a Seed Unplugged
  4. Unplugged Code.org Happy Mats and Move IT, Move IT
  5. Plugged Code.org Bee Sequence
  6. Free Bee-Bot App on I-Tunes
  7. Lot of ideas on the Turtle Talk Logo Newsletter
  8. Learn More: Spring Branch ISD Bee-Bots PD

 Bee-Bot Activities Using Design Model

Part of doing good research is sharing what you have learned with other scientists. That is how science progressesIt was two lovable Hollywood stars (R2D2 and C3PO) that served as enduring and endearing AI inspirations for Cindy. It was HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey that inspired her mentor, Rodney Brooks, to study artificial intelligence (AI). “Robo World – the story of robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal by Jordan D. Brown 2005

It is YOU who can inspire the next Designer.

Decompose Time – Kids need baby steps!
Give time for Brain Breaks – Go Noodle

WTCS PD Overview


MLK Day and Hidden Figures

Freedom is earned through education. You are a slave to your own ignorance. Computer Science education is a path to freedom, and it is free. We must build on where we agree, and stop tearing down those we don’t agree with. Instead of saying red or blue is better, lets make purple.

In “Hidden Figures” the computers did not destroy their community, they found solutions while following the unfair rules. They did not ask others for help, they were proactive leaders. They taught themselves to program the new IBM computer at NASA, as they knew their jobs were coming to an end.

When the rules were changed to prevent a colored from being an engineer, a computer went to court and legally had a waiver passed so she could get her advanced degree.

When the rules of using a colored restroom caused a loss of work time, the boss knocked down the sign and said from now on there will be no separation. What a powerful message to honor the memory of MLK.

We all need to find those “Hidden Figures” in our community, and introduce them to coding, as it is a way out of poverty.  Please join CS4TX.org and be a Code Buddy so we can bring CS For All to every community.  Please build the aspirations of young women in computing.  NCWIT aspirations.org is making a scene and you can be part.

Hidden Figures” brings to light the stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — three Black women mathematicians who charted the course that launched Astronaut John Glenn into orbit during the Space Race in the 1950s. Gee, 2017 and we have not yet achieved equity in computing even after decades of advocating. In 2015, only three percent of the computing workforce were Black women. But, with inspiration and change-leading work, we can narrow the gap for women in tech by building a community of divergent thinkers and change agents.

A computer is not just a machine, it is also a person who computes.  I too was learning FORTRAN back in the 1960’s and remember the keypunch cards and perseverance it took to be successful. That is the message we need to give our children.  Spend your time learning.

People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true. My answer is, you do it by working. I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversity – and never miss an angle. – Walt Disney “The Quotable … it was all started by a mouse.”

Adding this after all the women’s marches across the world. For those sending a positive message, thank you. But for the many who were negative role models I would not want my grand-daughter to see, I ask please stop it.  Please march into a classroom, a school, and make sure all girls have an equal opportunity to learn the 21st academic skills found in computer science.  Build the mindset for computational thinking leadership.

The Houston Chronicle published an editorial about “Hidden Figures” where I shared the need for volunteers.  Teachers need help to build the minds for our future.

Hour of Code Buddy Training

What is Coding?

  1. Welcome and Thank you. What is your goal today?
  2. Binary Bracelets – Make a set for your mentee.
  3. What is the Hour of Code?
  4. What activities are available?
  5. Unplugged Lessons
    1. Plant-a-Seed
    2. Bee-Bots
  6. Code.org Puzzles
  7. How do I find a school to help?

CS 4 TxCS 4 All


My Inspiration is those who learn – at end when mentors were introducing themselves and their goal (I forgot to do at the start) – one person said I get that coding is really about problem solving.  I gave him a high-five. Others shared that this can help build self-esteem and confidence, which is a major problem with their mentees.


“B” Better


City of Houston District “B” Conference for Middle School Students
MAKING IT BETTERCouncilman Davis
George Brown Conference Center 11/29

What impact does Internet have on you?
Robotics will be bigger than Internet.
Those with power learn to control the robots.
Computers Control the World.
But, who controls the computers? Computer Scientists!



Watch Black Girls Code and See Prince’s Yes We Code

And Make your Goal with Chris Bosh

Every High School in Texas is required to offer two years of computer science. But, to be prepared YOU need to be pro-active and not wait for a teacher.  Learning to CODE is free and online, YOU just need to add the time.  Go to code.org or Khan Academy to get started.  Ask your principal to implement an Hour of Code next week during CS Ed Week.

“Robots may become as common as whisks” – Food Made with Love by Robots

We need ARTISANAL classrooms!!

Hour of Code Training

Spring Branch ISD is hosting an outreach lunch and training for volunteers on Wednesday, Nov 30th at the SBISD Technology Training Center in collaboration with AAUW-WHC Expanding Your Horizons Team. This training, in preparation of the upcoming Hour of Code, will lead participants through the concepts of computer science and provide hands-on “plugged” and “un-plugged” activities to do with students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. A light lunch will be served.

Spring Branch educators are committed to facilitate Hour of Code activities for students!
Find a School that needs a Code Buddy.
See Hour of Code events on Twitter! #SBHourof Code

Help us give every student the opportunity to learn computer science by learning what you can do to support a teacher! We need code buddies to help our schools. To register as a Code Buddy and SBISD volunteer go to this link.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek Dec. 5-11) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org now organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries.

To reach all students in Houston we invite the mayor, all City Council members, and staff to go into a school in their district and join students for one hour.  The best way to learn the power of computing is hands-on with young children. Like President Obama learned by coding with kids and was inspired to create the CS FOR ALL.

Computer Science Education Week
WHEREAS every child in Texas should learn computer science; and,

WHEREAS the Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE) is leading a grassroots statewide effort to educate all Texans about the value of K-12 computer science education; and,

WHEREAS only 2% of Texas high school graduates have taken a computer science course and only 5,172 high school students in Texas took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 24% were female; only 987 were Hispanic; only 180 were black; and,

WHEREAS Schools are lagging behind parent demand; 9 in 10 parents want their students to learn computer science… but only 1 in 4 schools teach it; and,

WHEREAS, in a world increasingly dependent on technology, computer science is crucial for every student; and,

WHEREAS, each year, Computer Science Education Week is celebrated in December in observance of Grace Murray Hopper, a major female contributor to computer science, and to call attention to the need for improving and strengthening computer science education. During the week of December 5-2011, 2016 CS4TX Houston will support an Hour of Code as WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends the Computer Science for Texas and supporting organizations and businesses for its leadership in STEM Education.

THEREFORE, I, Silvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 5-11, 2016, COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK.

Code Math TEKS

Fort Bend P-16 Math Summit October 29th

GREG TANG KEYNOTE – Major Economics – Minor Computer Science
“We would be better off if we taught coding instead of math in schools.”

It’s about the PROCESS … It’s about the PRACTICE … It’s about the PLAN …
It’s about YOU!

Knowledge is answers to questions!!!
How can coding (CS and CT) enhance one of your daily math lessons?


  1. Warmup:  Binary Bracelets
    1. Color Theme –Hex Codes for MBL Teams
      1. World Series and Cleveland (This is where my father is from).
  2. Fold-a-book – Real Life Algorithms and Planning Process
  3. If You Plant-a-Seed – Ideas that you grow
    1. Math TEKS Coorelation
    2. CAMT
  4. Walk-the-Line
    1. Line Dance and Getting Loopy
    2. Geometry
  5. Circles and Connecting the Dots

Want to learn more?

  1. Rice University RUSMP
  2. Code.org FREE PD
  3. University of Texas WeTeachCS
  4. Bootstrap – Algebra Integration
  5. Computer Science for Texas CS4TX.org Meetups
  6. Google – Computational Thinking
  7. Greg Tang – Keynote for 3 hours at Fort Bend P16 conference
    1. Wants kids to think about numbers – using number bonds over years
      1. CS Connection – just break apart – Apples in a barrel example – 108 / 9 part, part, whole.  Sees the pattern – groups.
      2. CS Connection – explain the process – write and code the algorithm
    2. Efficiency matters – takes deeper understanding
    3. Meta-cognition – visual images – kids need to think deeply
    4. Kids like to figure – can do this with reasoning puzzles if practice everyday.  Think in a systematic way. Example used Consecutive digit problem.
        • Can you come up with a formula? In CS we call this an abstraction.
    5. Number lines and paper folding – Cuisenaire rods. Use rectangles instead of lines. Build vocabulary connections: Perimeter Peri (around) Meter (measure).
    6. Fraction example divide up a cookie.  Notation is problem, want 1/2 or 1/4?
    7. Equal sign – everything is a comparison. Wanted his kids to be comfortable with math as they were going to school for hockey. What two numbers add up to 20, but have a difference of 4?
    8. Key is PRACTICE – does that with books and puzzles. Sees groups – look for 10s. Use Dice. Did Scope and Sequence with cross-word and snake puzzles that are self-checking. Turning into board games so have F2F interaction.
    9. Most his books are over a decade old so enhancing with online puzzles. Can your kid write an app bringing concepts into the digital age? Works with districts to streamline. Greg’s “background is economics not teaching.” My background is teaching. I can help educators for free as code.org raises the funds to deal with equity for CS for All.

Grace Hopper

What an amazing conference in Houston!

At the CS4TX State Meeting during this conference we received a proclamation from the mayor to Celebrate CS Education week in December. Calling on all to help.  Please join CS4TX Houston to find out how.

WHEREAS, in a world increasingly dependent on technology, computer science knowledge and skills are crucial to every student’s education, only two percent of Texas high school graduates have taken a computer science course and only 5,172 high school students in Texas took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, much is being done to improve the existence of computer science education, most notably, Computer Science for Texas (CS4TX) is leading a grassroots statewide effort to educate all Texas about the value of K-12 computer science education; and,

WHEREAS, in addition, today, women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy but hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. The American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is an organization that serves as the nation’s leading voice for promoting equity and education for women and girls; and,

WHEREAS, during the week of December 5-11, 2016, CS4TX Houston and AAUW West Harris County Branch will celebrate Computer Science Education Week by supporting an hour of code to education students about computer science for one hour. Computer Science Education Week is observed in celebration of Grace Murray Hopper, a major female contributor to computer science. The observance also raises awareness about the need for improving and strengthening computer science education; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends Computer Science for Texas, American Association of University Women, National Center for Women & Information Technology and other Houston supporting organizations and businesses for their leadership in STEM education.

THEREFORE, I Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 5-11, 2016, as COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK In Houston, Texas.

Spring Branch ISD is offering training for Code Buddies on Nov. 18th. Contact Abby Walker for information on how to volunteer or partner with helping all schools implement an Hour of Code.


When are people going to learn that people are more important than money?
Are grades classroom money?
Innovative Time and Community Service Graduation requirement are solutions.
Lets give those who aspire to help solve real world problems that opportunity.

As I watch my granddaughter – my flower – explore and experiment, I see how she has all the innovative time she needs to learn. My aspiration is to make sure she has an education outside the box, that bowl that keeps classrooms swimming in circles.

Watch the fish in a bowl


Calling all superintendents to motivate all their principals to motivate all their teachers to give class time to help young women start the process of applying for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award during the school day. And calling all parents to support their child in completing the application before November 7th.

Calling all divas, hackers, coders, entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, designers, artists, dancers, writers to help young learners to run in circles around their passion.  Community service that involves unplugged CS lessons is a solution to build our future minds. Not computer time.  And that takes Code Buddies as teachers are so overloaded they need your help with 25+ kids wanting individual attention.  And your expertise to understand that computer science is a process that starts the skills needed to learn how to solve real world problems.

Will you help!

Remembering can be Sad


CBS Sunday Morning – Will miss Charlie too.  So many inspirational SUNS … So many inspirational thoughts from the best show on TV- like this post I write on this Sunday Morning.  Guess I will have to see you on the radio as I walk my little flower.

Today after seeing your story about Lancaster remembered when I went there for training to teach Technology Systems at Houston ISD’s Westside High School.  This changed my world as I experienced the environment that every school needs to provide. That went away and I am still wondering why and how to get it back.  I remember the students that touched my life. Makes be a little sad that I don’t know how their life is now.

Just hope they are happy.  Hope they get outside and listen.  Have not been listening to the Osgood File while walking, but will do it now.  CBS and Charlie again inspiring me to do something new. As I always know that something new takes away the sad.  Like my remembering 9/11 and all my other posts that have a history of my students created because I know how to code in HTML.  Remembering my editorials inspired by CBS Sunday Morning and Charles Osgood, both published in the Houston Chronicle and unpublished posted on my blog. Wondering my next path in the sun.