Welcome to the CS4HS@UMICH, a STEAM professional development workshop for high school art teachers. Funded by Google, CS4HS@UMICH aims to contribute to national efforts underway to develop and nurture computer science pedagogy for high school students. The CS4HS@UMICH workshop teaches fundamental computational thinking concepts through cultural art. Specifically, it trains high school art teachers, particularly those that are underrepresented in STEAM, to see algorithms from a cultural perspective by simulating cultural art using the visual, drag-and-drop, programming language of the award-winning Culturally-Situated Design Tools (CSDT) at csdt.rpi.edu. CSDTs facilitate the simulation of a wide variety of cultural arts on the computer screen, from cornrow hairstyles and breakdance to kente cloth and drum patterns using concepts shared between computer science, mathematics, and art.

The last CS4HS workshop titled “Seeing Algorithms” occurred August 17 from 8 AM to 2 PM. If you’d like to be updated on future CS4HS Workshops in Michigan, please contact Professor Audrey Bennett at agbennet at umich dot edu. For more information about “Seeing Algorithms,” click here.

GoogleThe CS4HS workshop is funded by Google’s CS4HS grant program. Google’s Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) initiative aims to promote computer science and computational thinking in high school.