USF to Host Free Coding Workshop for Educators on April 2

This event has been postponed as a preventative measure in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. More information will follow when available.

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Joliet, Ill. – Area educators (grades 6-12) are invited to attend a free coding workshop designed around basic coding principles in the fun world of Karel the Dog from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, in the University of St. Francis’ (USF) LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall (Room B206) on the main USF campus at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet. The event is sponsored by the USF Noyce STEM Educator Program.

No coding experience is required. In addition to basic coding principles, the session will focus on the importance of teaching computer science, as well as basics of the CodeHS platform and how it can help students to learn how to code. Attendees will make several Karel the Dog programs (in JavaScript) to share and will be able to take their knowledge and CodeHS materials back to the classroom to teach their own students to code, too! Educators can also earn two professional development (PD) clock hours for participating in the workshop.

Visit to register and for directions to campus. Please note that registration closes on Mar. 25 and that space is limited.

Instructor Lea Sloan has been part of computer science education since she was bitten by the teaching coding bug in 2004. She has taught computer science courses to high school students, college students, and corporate web developers. Lea is currently the Director of Professional Development for CodeHS, a comprehensive platform for teaching coding and computer science, and previously served as the organization’s Computer Science Curriculum Developer.

Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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