What: The national community of K-12 computer science (CS) education leaders will convene in St. Louis next week for the 2017 CSforALL Summit (summit.csforall.org). The two-day event includes an exhibit hall of CS education resources, an implementation workshop serving 30 school districts from the region, and a nationally live-streamed plenary session featuring announcements from more than 150 CSforALL stakeholder organizations, notable speakers, and performances. Featured presentations will include remarks from former US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Director of the Congressional App Challenge Rachel Décoste, and St. Louis entrepreneur and investor David Karandish; a performance by iLuminate; and announcements from PBS Kids, Microsoft TEALS, Boeing, CodeHS, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, and many more.
Where: The CSforALL Summit will take place at Washington University in St. Louis in the Lab Sciences Building on Monday, October 16, and in Knight Hall on Tuesday, October 17. The 2017 CSforALL Summit is organized by the national nonprofit CSforALL.org and hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Press interested in attending the event in person should contact Erika Ebsworth-Goold below for priority campus access. Those interested in attending via the live-stream should RSVP at http://livestream.csforall.org.
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