Conference registration (which includes an afternoon community session on Sunday, July 12, Monday night’s event at UT Dallas and all general and plenary sessions on Tuesday, July 14) is $100 if you register by April 15. 

From April 16-June 26 the price is $150 and after that the price goes up to $225. 

Workshops are a separate price, and this year we have expanded our offering to include some on Sunday, as well as Monday. The price for workshops is $100 for the first one, and then $50 for each additional workshop (maximum number of three). 

*Please note that CSTA does not cover the cost of registration, travel or accommodations for speakers or attendees. 

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Tuesday, July 14 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Computational Thinking: A Problem-Driven Approach

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This presentation will focus on specific activities to foster computational thinking (CT) skills in secondary school computer science. Using example concepts from the secondary school mathematics curriculum; the presentation will demonstrate how key computational thinking skills including algorithmic thinking, problem reformulation, problem reduction, problem transformation, problem representation, exhaustive search, heuristic reasoning, backtracking, and recursion, can be fostered. The presentation presents a minds-on, seamless (i.e., no new content), problem-driven integration of mathematics and computer science to develop computational thinking skills which expose students to habits of mind beyond the standard mathematics curriculum, thereby providing them with a broader, firmer foundation. Furthermore, this approach does not extend the mathematics curriculum. Various types of problems in the existing secondary school mathematics curriculum are used to foster computational thinking. Through these experiences students learn many critical CT principles but more importantly, develop a cognitive model about computational processes.


Gerard Rambally

Dr. Gerard Rambally is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics & Information Sciences at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He has an interdisciplinary academic background in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Education. He has taught Computer Science... Read More →

Rodney Rambally

Dr. Rodney Rambally is currently the Head of the Information and Communication Technology Department at The University of Trinidad and Tobago in Trinidad, West Indies. He has extensive teaching experience at the University level, having taught Mathematics, Computer Information Systems... Read More →

Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Llano Estacado

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