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Launching the Computer Science Revolution in Connecticut


The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance computer science education. The summit is designed to empower school districts across the state with resources and strategies to bolster CS education across all grade levels. A core focus of the summit is to promote equity in computing, such that all students across our state have access to high-quality CS education.

The Summit is for current CS teachers and any educator across K-12 interested in introducing new CS topics or coursework into your curriculum at any grade level.

Join us to improve K-12 Computer Science Education within your classroom, school, or district. Learn from national and state leaders how K-12 Computer Science Education is being advanced within the state and nationwide.


  • Identify CS curriculum that can be taught at your school for every grade level
  • Learn successful strategies other districts and schools have taken to teach CS
  • Learn successful strategies for increasing participation of under-represented minorities and females into CS coursework
  • Improve your knowledge of CS resources
  • Network with CS educators and advocates across the state
  • Learn about efforts underway by the CT State Department of Education to promote CS education across K-12



Click here to download the detailed CS4CT Summit 2018 Program (PDF) containing session descriptions and speaker bios.

Follow the links next to the session titles to download session materials.

7:15 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome Seth Freeman, ECEP-CT & Chinma Uche, CTCSTA
Opening Remarks – Gary Mala, EASTCONN Executive Director
8:15 – 9:05 Reaching All Students with Computer Science
Jake Baskin (CSTA) moderator,
Leigh Ann DeLyser (CSforAll),
Ralph Morelli (Mobile Computer Science Principles),
Brenda Wilkerson (AnitaB.org)
9:05 – 9:50 Keeping Connecticut Competitive in the 21st Century
Scott Burghoff (CGI), Bruce Carlson (Connecticut Technology Council),
Nancy Davis (United Technology Corporation [retired]), Estela Lopez (CT State Board of Education),
Jim Mersfelder (Le Pecq) moderator
9:50 – 10:10 Morning Break
10:10 – 10:35 Computer Science in CT: A State Perspective (pdf)
Jennifer Michalek (CT State Department of Education)
10:35 – 10:55 Broadening Participation in Computing in your Classroom/District (pdf)
Leigh Ann DeLyser (CSforAll)
11:00 – 11:45 Round “Recursive” Robin
Walk the CS4CT Summit to view tabletop demonstrations of K-12 CS curricular resources to use in your classroom. Curricular resources to be showcased include:
Arduino       Bloxels       Bluebot       Breakout Edu    CodeHS    Code & Go Robot Mouse
CS First CS Unplugged        Cubelets        Cubetto       Dash/Dot
Exploring Computer Science       Lego EV3       Finch       Kibo       Makey Makey       mBot
Microbit       Osmo Coding       Ozobot      Processing       Scratch       Sphero       VEX
11:50 – 12:40 Lunch
12:45 – 2:10 Breakout Session I

2:10 – 2:25 Afternoon Break I
2:25 – 2:55 Breakout Session II

  • Adventures in Middle School Coding (pdf)
  • Challenge Based Learning in Computer Science and STEM (pdf)
  • Examining the Landscape of K-12 CS Education across CT (pdf)
  • Gamifying Computer Science Education (Prezi page)
  • Introduction to Pencil Code: Scalable Coding Across Grade Levels (pdf)
  • Teach Computer Science Principles with Mobile Apps (pdf)
2:55 – 3:10 Afternoon Break II
3:10 – 4:05 Breakout Session III

  • Bring Computer Science to All Students with PLTW’s K-12 Curriculum
  • Bringing a Customizable Coding Platform to Your School with CodeHS (pdf)
  • Exploring Computer Science (pdf)
  • Incorporating Makerspace in the Elementary Classroom (pdf)
  • Student App Designer: An Interdisciplinary Middle School Project (pdf)
  • UTeach CS Principles: A College Board-endorsed PBL course (pdf)
4:15 – 4:30 Closing Activity & Sphero Mini Raffles
4:30 – 5:30 Cocktail Hour


See who our 2018 Summit Speakers are…


Radisson Hotel

100 Berlin Road | Cromwell, CT | 860.635.2000


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