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Thursday, July 21 • 1:10pm - 2:15pm
StartupInABox: Teach Students to Create Companies And They Will

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StartupInABox is a nickname given to a piece of the Greenwich High School computer science program. It's a series of courses that provide students with all the requisite skills to identify problems in the real world, design products to solve them, actually create these products, and deploy them to a live customer base. In this presentation, you'll hear about how GHS students accumulate 100k page views per month on their products, and how facilitating a course like this is not as far in the distant future as you might think.

First, we'll lay out the groundwork for what it takes for such a program to get off the ground. You'll learn how the GHS program started and the most important pieces to start with.

Then, we'll participate in the most important piece: build things! At the Thursday session, we'll hold a pitch workshop where teachers will conceive app ideas to improve their BLC experience. Then, we'll have a competition where the audience will select the best idea. After an overnight hackathon, I'll present the prototype of the best idea at theFriday session! 

We'll wrap each session by overviewing the skills necessary to complete these tasks, how they overlap with common core and NGSS, and the requisite coding skills necessary to turn these ideas into reality. 

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Matt Meyers

CS Program Writer, Greenwich High School
Matt Meyers is the computer science program writer at Greenwich High School and the founder/president of Slate & Tablets. His work at GHS has seen computer programming grow from 0 student enrollment to 300 students in just 3 years. He's written these courses drawing directly from... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza