Fairfield University presents Google summer program for area teachers

With the help of a grant from Google, Fairfield University’s School of Engineering will present a workshop from June 26 to 28 for area high school teachers looking for innovative ways to use Google Apps, computer science, and gaming tools in the classroom.

Computer science teachers from public, private and parochial high schools in Fairfield and New Haven counties can participate in the Google Computer Science for High School program. Stipends worth $300 will be paid to participants upon completion of the full program.

For questions or to enroll, email Amalia Rusu, assistant professor of software engineering, at arusu@fairfield.edu; or teacher coordinator Bill McDonough at wmcdonough@monroeps.org. Space is limited.

Emphasizing the STEM disciplines

The School of Engineering presented this program last summer for the first time, and it complements continuing efforts to interest young people in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

This year, topics will include Google Apps (SlideRocket, Google Drive); video game design; Computer Science Unplugged; educational games, and a panel discussion about teaching computer science curriculum on game-based learning.

The workshop, Google Apps and Gaming Tools for Computer Science Education, is designed to teach educators how to use computer science as a means to make connections between different curriculum areas and to teach higher order problem-solving skills.

‘Create connections and extensions’

“The focus of this year’s teachers training will be two-fold: First, to continue the implementation of computer science and engineering concepts through STEM education, and second, to create connections and extensions for high school teachers who have already been introduced to STEM curricula and teaching models,” Rusu said.

The Fairfield University faculty-led workshop will be held in School of Engineering labs. For information go to www.fairfield.edu/soe/index.html.