Join us for an exciting week-long computer science PD!

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to choose a CS workshop that best aligns to your professional learning goals. Along with these workshop sessions, there will be whole group events for registered participants to connect with other educators and individuals working to expanding computer science education across the state. 

Dates: August 13th to 15th

Location: Kenneth H. Keller Hall (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

Cost: $50 (Note: Limited Travel Scholarships will be available to educators not local to the Twin Cities)

2024 Empower {MN:CS} Workshops

Empower {MN:CS} is excited to offer a variety of hands-on workshops designed to empower educators with the skills and resources to teach computer science confidently! You can learn more about this year's PD workshops here

K8 Integrated Computer Science

WHO: Any K8 educator who is new or newer to teaching computer science.

Scratch Encore

WHO: 4th - 8th grade educators who have experience with programming. 

Big Book of Computing Pedagogy

WHO: K8 educators who are looking to deepen their knowledge of CS content and pedagogy.

2024 EmpowerUp Sessions

The EmpowerUp sessions will happen each day of the conference and cover different CS education topics and opportunities. This year, we have three sessions scheduled for the conference. You can learn more about these sessions below:


Lunch will be provided. 

Note: Participants will sign up for one workshop for the entire 3-day conference. Each day, all registered participants of the conference will gather for an EmpowerUp session. 

August 13th, 2024

Optional Evening Event: Marlena Myles Public Art Walk

August 14th, 2024

Optional Evening Event: CSTA-MN Summer Social

August 15th, 2024

MDE's CS District Leaders Event

Date: Wednesday, August 14th

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Location: Kenneth H. Keller Hall (virtual participation through Zoom will also be available. 

Who: CS District Leaders, Counselors, Science Teachers

Join the Minnesota Department of Education's Computer Science team and CS District Leaders from across the state for a hybrid summer meeting to discuss the MN State Strategic Plan for CS, CS grant opportunities, and implementation ideas and resources for Minnesota's CS-integrated science benchmarks. 


Northern Lights Collaborative for Computing Education (UMN)

Raspberry Pi Foundation