Engineering Applications of Computer Science Professional Development: Summer 2022

Hello! We look forward to working together this summer.  This page contains general information about the Engineering Applications of Computer Science (commonly referred to as EYW: Computing) summer professional development institutes held in Austin, Texas. You will receive additional details by email as your session date approaches. If you have any questions, feel free to email Theresa Dobbs or call 512-471-3017. (Note: email is the best form of communication for quickest response as Theresa is working remotely 3 days/week until early June.)


Summer Professional Development Sessions:

Session 1: Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 2022*
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT, Monday – Thursday.
  • Location: The course will be held in the Mustang Room in the Commons Conference Center at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus,   located at 10100 Burnet Rd, Bldg. 137, Austin, TX 78758. You will receive additional information about the building and room location closer to the session date.
  • Parking: A parking permit will be provided to you on the first day of the program. You will not need to obtain one.

Session 2: Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 22, 2022

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT, Monday – Friday. (We will adjourn at noon on the final day of training)
  • Location: The courses will be held in the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources Building (Bldg. 133) at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, TX, located at 10500 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758. You will receive additional information about the building and room location closer to the session date.
  • Parking: A parking permit will be provided to you on the first day of the program. You will not need to obtain one. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to pick up the permit and place it on your vehicle dashboard.

Session 3: Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022*

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT, Monday – Friday. (We will adjourn at noon on the final day of training)
  • Location: The courses will be held in the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources Building (Bldg. 133) at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, TX, located at 10500 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758. You will receive additional information about the building and room location closer to the session date.
  • Parking: A parking permit will be provided to you on the first day of the program. You will not need to obtain one. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to pick up the permit and place it on your vehicle dashboard.

*Sessions 1 and 3 are only for those educators who attended virtual training during Summer 2020 or Summer 2021.


Housing:

  • This summer we are excited to be working with the Sonesta ES Suites Austin – The Domain Area, located in Northwest Austin at:

10201 Stonelake Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759

(512) 349-0888

  • We have secured discounted room rates of $105/night or $115/night depending on room type.
  • You will pay the hotel directly. A credit card is required to reserve the room.
  • Please make your hotel reservations using the link below:
    • Engineering Applications of Computer Science: July 11-22
  • Reservations should have an arrival date of the Sunday before your session begins and a departure date of the final Friday.
  • If you need an invoice, please contact Anthony Durham, Operations Manager. His email address is Anthony.durham@sonesta.com.
  • To our Texas participants, the hotel will need a copy of your state tax-exemption form in order to make state tax adjustments in the system for your reservation.
  • There is NOT a shuttle service from the hotel to our meeting location.
  • If you require other accommodations or have questions, please reach out to our primary contact at Sonesta ES Suites, Miranda Chavera, and she’ll be happy to help. Miranda can be reached by phone at (512) 349-0888 or by email at mchavera@sonesta.com.

Travel & Meals:

  • You are responsible for arranging and paying for your travel to and from Austin and within the city while you are here. Please note the hotel does NOT have a shuttle available that can bring you to and from training each day.
  • Meals are not provided, however the hotel includes a complimentary hot breakfast daily. Additionally, each room is equipped with a kitchenette and utensils to prepare food.
  • Please make appropriate arrangements with your school or district for travel reimbursement before traveling to Austin.


Other Logistics:

  • Dress Code: Please come dressed comfortably to class. Jeans and shorts are acceptable attire. *To our out of state attendees, Texas is HOT in the summer, but we do like our air conditioning, so it can be chilly indoors. A light jacket or sweater is advised.
  • Evenings and Weekends: You will have homework on some nights, but there will be chances to explore Austin during your stay here. There are no classes scheduled on the weekend. The Engineer Your World team has put together a list of things to do and places to eat in the Austin area. Check out the list here: bit.ly/EYWAustin


Things to do now:

  • Make your flight arrangements, if applicable.
  • Make your hotel reservation (see details above).
  • Complete and return applicable paperwork (the safety waiver, photo release, and participant agreement) included in your confirmation email. Please upload these required documents to the UTBox Upload Widget.
  • Submit your headshot – upload to the UTBox Upload Widget.
  • Complete the required pre-survey(s) sent to you via email.
  • Ensure your PD invoice is paid. You will be (or have been) copied on the invoice sent to the accounting contact specified on your school enrollment form. This is typically sent in the spring or early summer, but will depend on when teacher registration occurs.


Things to do before Professional Development:

  • Ensure you have a computer for PD:
    • You will need a laptop with a webcam. If you have the option, we recommend that you use the same type of computer (PC or Mac) that your students will use so that you will be familiar with the functionality that they will experience.
    • Please ensure you have broad administrative privileges on the laptop that you are using during training; this very is important in case you need to fix unexpected issues quickly (with our troubleshooting help as needed) in order to continue participating in PD.
  • Install required software. As soon as possible, please install all of the necessary software on the computer that you will use in PD.
    • Please refer to the applicable software document: Windows PC; Macs (links will be added in May)
  • Complete the recommended Python tutorial. Please go through the online Python programming language tutorial at https://www.learnpython.org/ before PD.
    • We also strongly recommend that you also complete the Codecademy Python 3 Tutorial, especially if you want to practice more and reinforce your new Python skills. Codecademy has very high-quality materials and would be our top recommendation; however, they charge a fee to access their content after a free 7-day trial period.
  • Purchase equipment and supplies (if applicable): We recommend purchasing kits of equipment and supplies through Studica as soon as possible.
    • For information about how to purchase supplies and equipment kits, please see the Resources Webpage here: engineeryourworld.org/resources (Password: EYW#1utatx)

Check back here regularly for updates!