Kettering to host Computer Science workshop

Sep 30, 2009

Kettering University will host the Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS, program Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on campus.

 Kettering University will host the Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS, program Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on campus.  This important workshop program is geared toward high school computer science teachers who wish to hone their instructional skills in the teaching of computer science. In addition, these workshops are modeled after the successful Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) that took place from 2003-2008 at institutions of higher education like Kettering University. The TECS program provides quality pedagogically-oriented programs and resources in computer science for teachers.

Dr. James Huggins, associate professor of Computer Science at Kettering, will serve as the Kettering representative coordinating this event on Kettering’s campus. Last year, Huggins served as the Kettering coordinator for a very successful JET T program. Joining him for discussions and exercises with high school teachers at this year’s workshop are the following:

  • Rich Lamb, a teacher at the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.;
  • Dr. David Vineyard, assistant professor of Computer Science at Kettering;
  • Dr. Saroja Kanchi, professor of Computer Science at Kettering; and
  • Tomas Hajek, systems administrator of IT Applications and Systems at Kettering.

Thus far, Huggins expects about a dozen teachers from local high schools to attend and discuss ideas on teaching Computer Science. “We’re looking forward to meeting some new faces and renew contact with some old friends,” Huggins said.

He also said that on a more specific workshop level, he and his team want to “provide an opportunity for CS educators from both high school and college to come together and share ways to make teaching CS more effective. None of us are perfect and we feel we can all learn from one another.”

This workshop also helps Kettering extend its reach and connection to the local community by offering opportunities to further enhance the instructional capabilities of current faculty and high school teachers. Additionally, this workshop helps to create more interest in the field of Computer Science and convey information about Kettering’s cooperative education program.

The workshop is sponsored through the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), an organization that serves as a focal point for addressing issues in high school computer science education. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and to learn. The CSTA organizational and educational goals include:

  • helping to build a strong community of CS educators who share their knowledge;
  • providing teachers with opportunities for high quality professional development;
  • advocating at all levels for a comprehensive CS curriculum;
  • supporting projects that communicate the excitement of CS to students and improve their understanding of the opportunities it provides; and
  • raising awareness that CS educators are highly qualified professionals with skills that enrich the educational experience of their students.

For more information about the TECS workshop at Kettering Oct. 10, please contact Dr. James Huggins at (810) 762-9500, ext. 5439, or via email at