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Dr. Suzanne Westbrook Brings First K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop to Tucson

November 4th, 2009

Based on a casual conversation at the 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Computer Science Associate Department Head and Senior Lecturer Dr. Suzanne Westbrook helped bring the first K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop to Tucson last month as an extension of this year's Grace Hopper conference.

The workshop, sponsored by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the University of Arizona, attracted applications from over 650 kindergarten through high school educators. The workshop's goal was to foster discussion of the challenges inherent in providing computer science education to grade-school girls and minority students.

Westbrook reports that, due to the overwhelming interest in this initial workshop, Grace Hopper's major sponsor, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, is planning a second workshop at the 2010 Grace Hopper conference in Atlanta.

Additional information can be found in this Anita Borg Institute press release: http://anitaborg.org/news/archive/anita-borg-institute-csta-and-the-university-of-arizona-hold-k12-computing-teachers-workshop/