What is the Computational Thinking @ Wake CS4HS Teacher Workshop?

The Computational Thinking @ Wake CS4HS Teacher Workshop is a 2-day professional development opportunity for Hanes Magnet School teachers. It is supported by Google and Wake Forest University Departments of Computer Science and Physics.

Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn and share ideas for incorporating cutting-edge computer science concepts in the middle and high school curriculum. The goal is to forge new relationships among each other and with Wake Forest University Computer Science Department faculty members.

What is Computational Thinking?

The term "computational thinking" was brought to the forefront of the computer science community in a seminal ACM Communications article by Dr. Jeannette M. Wing, a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The article suggested that algorithmic problem solving and abstraction techniques were fundamental skills for everyone, not just computer scientists, and argued for the importance of integrating computational ideas into other disciplines.

What is CS4HS?

The CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) program is “an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in high school and middle school curriculum.” Although the program was originally intended for high school teachers, it has been opened to middle school teachers too.

Why are the objectives of the Computational Thinking @ Wake CS4HS Teacher Workshop?

Our immediate goals are to provide teachers with (1) knowledge about the current state of the art research being performed at Wake Forest University's Department of Computer Science; (2) hands-on workshops for using Google applications in the classroom for enhancing teaching; (3) ideas they can immediately bring into their teaching; (4) a forum to share approaches with each other; and (5) ideas and support for advocacy and equity in computer science teaching and learning.

Our long-term goal is to bridge our schools and bring cutting-edge computer science into the middle/high school curriculum for a long-term impact. We hope that these early first steps will result in the following outcomes: (1) the creation of a computer science clubs and/or summer camps; (2) the addition of computational thinking and problem solving in appropriate existing curricula; (3) field trips and interactions between middle/high school students and Wake Forest University Computer Science students and faculty; and (4) student-centered workshops at Wake Forest University’s Computer Science Department.