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May 30, 2018

Northwest to host coding workshop for teachers

Northwest Missouri State University and its School of Computer Science and Information Systems is hosting a workshop, titled “Putting the Fun in CS Fundamentals: A Coding Workshop for the (Very) Busy School Teacher” June 18-19 and 25-26.

The free workshop, which is open to teachers and students, will cover coding, website creation, micro:bits and other aspects of computer science. The workshop is an opportunity to prepare students and teachers for the 21st century workforce.

Each day provides a hands-on introduction to a new technology, an opportunity to work through exercises pertinent to students, and the chance to develop lesson plans and test them by teaching to peers.

Three tracks are being offered.

  • A beginning track does not require background knowledge and teaches the basics. A gentle introduction from experienced professionals on Scratch, micro:bits, web development and Hour of Code is included.
  • An advanced track is targeted for participants with experience or attendance at past workshops. An immersive introduction to Python, a novice-friendly programming language, will be the highlight.
  • The track is geared toward K-5 teachers and includes beginning track topics, but focuses on has free, updated activities and resources for teaching computer science to lower grade levels.

Each track receives an entertaining introduction to the “7 Big Ideas of Computer Science,” a framework for teaching computer science in schools.

Lunch and snacks will be provided along with an opportunity to network and participate in demos of cutting-edge technology, including Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things.

One to two credit hours are available for graduate students at Northwest and a professional development certificate is available online.

For more information, contact Beccy Baldwin at or 660.562.1995 or Michael Rogers at or 309.825.6454. Registration is available online at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468