Computer Science, Coding & Solving Real World Problems AfterSchool

Computer Science Webinar

The California AfterSchool Network (CAN), California Department of Education, CSforALL, and the Lemelson-MIT Program (LMIT) invite you to a free webinar to discuss the Kids Code Grant Program and ways of advancing computer science and computational thinking in after school programs. ​​Please note webinar time is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT and 1 p.m. ET.

Topics to include: 

  • ​Overview of CSforALL and resources available
  • Ways after school programs can make unique contributions to youths’ development of CS and computational thinking skills
  • Research that informs our understanding of the value of teaching CS through inquiry and project based approaches grounded in ‘real world’ challenges (i.e. invention education)
  • Research that informs our understanding of ways differences in students’ prior experiences can be bridged through team-oriented approaches to teaching and learning
  • Free resources available as a base for developing computer science offerings in after school settings for middle and high school students
  • Ways after school program leaders are implementing Kids Code (including opportunities and challenges)



Heather Williams
Program Director, Policy and Outreach, California AfterSchool Network

Chris Breazeale
Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division

An-Me Chung
Fellow, CSForALL

Stephanie Couch
Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Leigh Estabrooks
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program


Schedule is Pacific Time

10:00 – 10:05 a.m. 
Welcome and Introductions: Heather Williams

  • CAN overview
  • 2019 Summits

10:05 – 10:10 a.m. 
Kids Code Overview: Chris Breazeale

  • Grant Details
  • Funding Amounts

10:10 – 10:20 a.m. 
Overview of the CSforALL:  An-Me Chung

  • CSforOST Initiative
  • Resources

10:20 – 10:35 a.m.
Coding to Invent Solutions to Problems:  Stephanie Couch
Power & promise of technology in OST:  Leigh Estabrooks

  • Teaming up to get past the digital divide
  • Free resources offered by LMIT
  • Support available

10:35 – 10:55 a.m.
Discussion with Webinar Participants Group

  • Questions and answers
  • Efforts underway in local programs
  • Challenges and unmet needs
  • Opportunities to work together

10:55 – 11:00 a.m.
Wrap-Up and Adjourn:   Heather Williams