- By: Kate Hay Published: 16 October, 2018 0 comments
Parallax, Inc. announced a commitment on Tuesday, October 9th to provide free robotics training to 500 educators over 2018-19 as part of the second annual CSforALL Summit. The commitment will expand the scope of computer science (CS) education. More teachers will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to effectively teach CS curriculum and engage students in the classroom.
Parallax believes in equitable access to CS education. “Educators are bringing robotics and coding into their classrooms faster than ever, moving from club and competitions to a regular school day program,” attests Ken Gracey, Parallax’s CEO. “Here at Parallax, we are committed to providing free robotics training to 500 educators to expand the scope and improve the quality of CS education in all classrooms.”
The CSforALL Summit is an annual gathering of more than 400 stakeholders including educators, school districts, and representatives from government, industry, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. This year’s conference was held on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
“There will be more than 200 commitments made to the CSforALL movement this year at the Summit,” said Ruthe Farmer, chief evangelist, CSforALL. “It’s companies like Parallax that are making high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience for students of all abilities.”
All commitments announced at the conference center on addressing equity for underrepresented students, computer science accessibility for students with disabilities, cybersecurity education, and evidence-based computer science education pathways.
Parallax is planning 10 free professional development courses over the coming year, with three already scheduled across California and Colorado. Every educator who attends will receive a free ActivityBot 360 to explore the possibilities of CS education in the classroom. There will be a free professional development course in Rocklin on February 8th for local educators to benefit from Parallax’s commitment. Parallax is currently looking for more Computer Science Educational partners to host courses in 2019.
About Parallax, Inc.
For over 20 years, Parallax, Inc. has produced popular robotic educational products for middle- and high school curriculum. Parallax's specialty is in microcontroller education with a focus on circuit building, embedded programming and student-oriented projects. The company's tutorials are designed to meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, using multiple languages, like BlocklyProp and C programming. The company designs and manufactures the Propeller Multicore Microcontroller, along with sensors, educational robots, motor controllers, laser and ultrasonic sensors, RFID readers, RF devices and IoT hardware.