Cs4hs 2011 workshop

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High School Teacher Workshop: Computational Thinking and Computational Doing

Sponsored by Google, the University of Colorado, Boulder (Department of Computer Science and ATLAS Institute), and AgentSheets, Inc.

Workshop Goals

  • To enable you to bring computing concepts and activities into your high school classes. We'll approach this both by providing hands on experience with the widely-used Agentsheets visual programming system, and by discussing learning materials developed in our NSF-sponsored GK-12 and iDreams outreach projects. As the workshop title suggests, the aim is to convey both key concepts and important skills, both in a form that enable you to engage your students with the material.
  • To provide you with information about opportunities involving the use of computing ideas and skills in a wide range of disciplines and occupations that you can share with your high school students

Financial Terms

Participants will receive a stipend of $300, of which $200 will be provided on completion of the workshop, and $100 following submission of a brief report describing how the participant has used the ideas from the workshop in their subsequent teaching.

Breakfast and lunch during the workshop days will be provided.

Non local and out of state travel may be covered (fully or partially) for selected applicants!

Who can apply

Teachers at any high school, teaching in any discipline, are welcome to apply. You do NOT have to be a "computer teacher", nor do you have to have any previous background in computing or technology.

The workshop is aimed at the high school level, but we can include middle school teachers who are working in partnership with high school participants. Email <anthea.johnson@colorado.edu> to inquire about this possibility.

Complete the | application

Preliminary Agenda for the University of Colorado Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Workshop


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Day 1 – Friday, June 17

Morning: starting 8 am, Schnabel Board Room, Atlas 1B31, directions with map

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast, opportunity to install AgentSheets on your laptop if you forgot
  • 8:30 - 9:00 Introduction of participants, and CU
  • 9:00 - 9:45 Introduction to computational thinking (conceptual)
  • 9:45 - 11:30 Introduction to AgentSheets (hands on)
  • 11:30 Leave for Google

Afternoon: at Google 12pm

  • 12:00 - 1:30 Google: Lunch, visit and tour
  • 1:30 - 2:00 Return to CU
  • 2:00 - 4:45 Agentsheets (hands on) game design, submit game as required homework
  • 4:45 - 5:00 Contribute reflections on hands-on experience to CS4HS Google Doc
  • 5:00 End
  • 6:00 Dinner for residents and helpers (Cantina Laredo)

Day 2 – Saturday, June 18

Morning: Atlas 1B31

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Computational Science: Mudslide
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 - 12:00 Computational Math: Monty Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch


  • 1:00 - 2:00 Visualizing Information from the Web using Google tools
  • 2:00 - 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 - 2:45 Computational Thinking Activities in High Schools (GK12)
  • 2:45 - 3:45 Google Tools Hands-On
  • 3:45 - 4:45 The meaning of Information Technology: CU’s ATLAS Institute – John Bennett
  • 4:45 - 5:00 Reflection on the implications of computing, communication, and IT for the future of HS curriculum (submit to CS4HS Google Doc)

Day 3 – Sunday, June 19

Morning: Atlas 1B31

Press Coverage

The 2010 CS4HS workshop was featured in the local Daily Camera newspaper.

See Also



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