CS4All’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration!

CS4All’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration!

¡Celebra con nosotros! CS4All is excited to announce it’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration event, which will be held on Saturday, October 26.

This will be the first in a series of Equity Events designed to provide new and existing CS teachers with opportunities to network and build community with one another, participate in fun and hands-on workshops, learn about “hidden” CS heroes, receive great resources,  and join a soul-sustaining talk with CS educators and industry professionals on increasing representation of black, Latinx, and females in CS.

The Hispanic Heritage Event will feature special guests, Beatris Mendez Gandica (Microsoft), Jose Olivares (CS4All), Andrea Chaves (TYWLS Astoria), Dannia Guzman (MDRC), and a menu of computer science workshops led by CS4All partners and teachers.

Open To:

  • New-to-CS public school teachers who are interested in “getting their feet wet” with CS, learning more about how to be part of the larger Computer Science for All community, and those who teach populations with a high percentage of Latinx and Hispanic students.
  • Experienced CS public school teachers who are interested in building community with fellow CS teachers and hearing from industry experts. We encourage experienced teachers to bring an inexperienced CS teacher from their school and learn alongside them. 

Event Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, October 26

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (event begins promptly at 9:00!)

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027

Special Guests

Beatris Mendez Gandica – IT Security Program Manager, Microsoft

Beatris is a security program manager at Microsoft and founder of the Nuevo Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches underrepresented students how to code. In her job, she uses analysis tools to examine computer programs for flaws and vulnerabilities. The most rewarding part of her job is getting to work with a wide range of teams and projects – from Xbox to Microsoft Windows and Office.

José Olivares – Director of High School Computer Science Academics, CS4All

Musician, visual artist, and educator with experience in film, TV, web, interactive installations, and physical media. As an educator and performer with his main musical project, dreambow ensemble Balún, José has presented his work internationally at venues such as Rough Trade NYC, Hermoso Ruido (Colombia), SXSW (music & education), LatiNxt, Nuevo Fest, Santurce es Ley (Puerto Rico), among others. As an educator, Olivares has taught classes and workshops for various organizations such as DreamYard Arts Center, El Museo del Barrio, and New York Philharmonic. Currently, Jose is Director of High School Computer Science Academics with the NYCDOE Computer Science for All initiative developing curriculum, coaching and training public school teachers on various computer science topics.

Andrea Chaves – CS Teachers at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

With a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from NYU, and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from NYIT, Andrea has found a way to blend her two areas of expertise in order to create an innovative learning experience for her students and the school community as a whole at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria. She has transformed her classrooms into digitalized, student-centered learning zones and has established various technology internships where she recruits and trains student leaders in the implementation of technologies. Under Andrea’s guidance young, women collaborate to create innovative projects to inspire young women to take an interest in the male-dominated fields of STEAM. For all of her efforts, Andrea has been selected by The White House as a Computer Science Champion of Change for promoting CS for young women and has also been awarded the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Furthermore, Andrea’s innovative practices have lead The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria to be honored as an Apple Distinguished School in 2013 and 2015, as well as a Follett Challenge National Winner in 2015

Dannia Guzman – Programmer at MDRC

Dannia is an analyst at a research organization, MDRC,  where she collaborates with teams to develop internal training and learning experiences. Her main training focus areas pertain to the use of the SAS and R  languages to accomplish a variety of tasks essential to turning data from the form in which it is received to the structure needed for research products (e.g. tables, visualizations, etc.). She has worked to create and support opportunities for the professional development and growth of womxn. In partnership with Girls Who Code and a charter school in the Bronx, she facilitated an after school program for middle school students to demonstrate basic computer science concepts and effective teamwork through the creation of a student-led Scratch game. She has also collaborated with the Girl Develop It NYC chapter to plan and coordinate training and networking events for womxn interested in software development. In her free time, she enjoys attending events organized by the Association for Talent Development, cycling around the city, and being active outdoors.


At the event, attendees will be able to participate in one of the following workshops. These are only a few of the many workshops we’ll offer, please make sure to check back for more updates!

Mapping the Monarch Journey (Grades 1-6)
Provider: Sunset Spark

Come on in 1st to 6th-grade teachers! Each year during the last few days of October millions of monarch butterflies return to the oyamel fir forests in Michoacán, Mexico. The arrival of the butterflies occurs just days before Día Los Muertos (2 November), a Mexican holiday to commemorate loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that the monarchs are the souls of the departed returning home to be reunited with friends and family. Join us for an exciting session as we celebrate the journey of the monarch butterfly, culture and pathfinding algorithms through a hands-on LED monarch activity.
Charlando con código
Provider: PILACS

What do telenovelas and Scratch have in common? How can we use computers to model the implications of Hurricane Maria? Can you show rather than tell the story of how kids get to school in the Dominican Republic?  In this workshop, we’ll get a hands-on look at how teachers in Washington Heights integrated computer coding into bilingual classroom activities in a variety of school subjects to have conversations about things that Latinx kids and their communities cared about. We’ll share techniques, classroom stories, and do a hands-on activity with the Scratch environment on how to bring code into meaningful multilingual conversations in your own classroom, and how to build on the diverse strengths of diverse learners from different language backgrounds. This workshop is provided by the PILACS project (pila-cs.org), Participating in Literacies and Computer Science, a research-practice partnership funded by the National Science Foundation.
STEM from Dance
Provider: STEM from Dance

STEM From Dance is an award-winning program that uses dance to attract and prepare students for a future in STEM. During this workshop, you’ll use a wearable circuit made of lights and Arduino components to create cool light effects and fun dance moves to go along with it. This workshop is great for teachers whose students love to dance and want to introduce them to programming. You will learn, code and dance in a quick one-hour workshop!
Middle School & High School P5 Party (Grades 6-12)
Provider: Superstar CS Teachers Layla and Alise

Join CS Master Teachers Layla Quinones and Alise Brock for this programming Party! In this workshop, we will be exploring creative coding with p5.js. We will be using basic CS principals such as functions, conditionals, variables, and objects to construct an artwork that represents your cultural identity.
Empower High School Students to Code Their Own VR Environments (Grades 9-12)
Provider: ELiTE

Calling all experienced Computer Science teachers! Join ELiTE to learn how to use free web-based tools to empower your high school students to code their own VR environments for Smartphones and Google Cardboard.
Fun with Makey Makey
Provider: Global Kids

Global Kids will lead a workshop to introduce teachers to the Makey Makey controller, exploring two themes. First, we’ll introduce participants to the incorporation of Makey into STEM-focused student activities, and then we’ll discuss ways in which Global Kids has used Makey, and other tech tools, in accordance with the pedagogical philosophies of the CS4ALL Blueprint and Perspectives.

Our Partners

Our Hispanic Heritage Celebration Event is made possible through our partnerships with organizations that work to increase access and participation in computer science for students everywhere. We thank the following organizations for their support.

TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas uses the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds, who are in technology fields, and recognize the power of innovation to change the world. These stories allow girls to see and relate to real-life role models.

Sunset Spark unofficially started in the Summer of 2008 when Yadira and Gaelen taught 3rd and 4th graders soldering and robotics at P.S. 24 in Brooklyn. In 2013, they began pursuing Sunset Spark’s mission full-time by partnering with neighborhood schools to provide in-class creative technology instruction.

ELiTE is a Harlem-based nonprofit that partners with schools, local education agencies (Districts), and community-based organizations to increase their capacity to integrate rigorous and engaging computer science and engineering experiences as a part of their culture and curriculum.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but it means much more than that. STEM is the science of using data and information to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. It features some of our country’s most high-impact and innovative jobs, yet it is greatly lacking in diversity. STEM From Dance exists to tackle diversity in the STEM workforce. We want to see a world in which the STEM workforce is just as diverse as our population.

Global Kids develops youth leaders through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. We offer a variety of school day and afterschool programs at school sites and at our headquarters, as well as enriching summer learning programs. We work primarily with middle school and high school youth in underserved communities. Global Kids has reached more than 200,000 students and educators since our inception, receiving national recognition for exemplary practices in international education, digital media programming, experiential learning, and youth development.

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