PAsmart 7-12 Computer Science Pathway B


Session Dates

Friday November 01, 2019 - 11:59 PM - Online
Wednesday September 30, 2020 - 11:59 PM - Online

Teachers who complete Pathway B can expect to grow in their knowledge, understanding, and background of text-based programming through completing the CMU CS Academy CS1 course which is taught in Python and is graphics and animations-based. CS Academy is inspired by CMU’s highly successful Intro Computing course that has been taught for the past 10+ years and is ranked in the top 5 CS courses in the country by Bloomberg News.

Teacher participants in Pathway B will complete curriculum exercises and two open-ended creative tasks, with a long-term goal of offering CMU CS Academy to their students by 2020-2021 and working toward becoming a CMU CS Academy CS1 Certified Educator (which is independent of PA State 7-12 CS Certification). While this course provides an introduction to foundational programming concepts, for participants to be fully prepared to achieve Pennsylvania 7-12 CS Certification, further professional development and/or coursework will likely be needed.

Pathway B participants will be supported by the PAsmart Design Team, CS Academy CS1 Certified PAsmart Facilitators from Pennsylvania Intermediate Units, and a team of undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University. Beyond virtual coursework, teachers in Pathway B will have access to virtual webinars and office hours, as well as industry and student panels hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, one of the top computer science programs in the country.


Participants will be able to:

  • Prepare to implement the CS Academy curriculum with a group of diverse learners
  • Design and develop working original code in Python
  • Describe and use foundational coding principles
  • Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  • Document design decisions using text, graphics, presentations, and/or demonstrations in the development of complex programs.

Target Audience

Highschool teachers who intend to teach Computer Science in the upcoming school year

Topics Covered: Other or Non PaTTAN

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: [PERSON], at [PHONE], or [EMAIL].

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant, Linda Muller

Event Contact:


Sadie Hetrick