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Teaching Made Fun Again | Amazing Amazon Future Engineers in Middle School

  • 11/16/2022
  • 8:00 PM
  • Virtual: Zoom Webinar


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Session Title
: Amazing Amazon Future Engineer in Middle School - engaging experiences for all!

Session Description: Amazon Future Engineer supports a wide array of programs for computer science teachers and students that every Maryland middle school can a part of.  Stories, projects, games, music and artificial intelligence are all bundled into flexible units. Discover ways to jazz up an existing class or build toward a program for every grade level.



Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Douglas Byrd, Prince George's County Public Schools

Derrick Blackwell Sr., Charles County Public Schools

Jeff Hogan, Project STEM

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff  has been working in CS Education in Maryland since 2001 and works to broaden participation in computer science and get access for all students. Since the state of Maryland made the commitment to form the Maryland Center for Computing Education in 2018, she has been working with school districts, non-profits, and higher education to provide free professional development and support to Maryland educators.

Derrick Blackwell Sr.  is currently a middle school CS teacher who discovered his interest in education when he created a training program for a tech company to help people pass the cybersecurity exam. He is a facilitator for the Your Voice is Power workshop that introduces students to coding through music and creative expression.

Douglas Byrd  is currently a middle school CS teacher Doug also facilitates sessions to help other Maryland teachers earn a CS certification using his strong background in technology in the business world before his career change to education. He teaches programming and AI courses with Project STEM curriculum that is designed to engage students in original, creative project work.

Jeff Hogan  is a former ESL teacher with a passion for supporting teachers and unlocking student potential. A founding member of the Project STEM team, Jeff has over ten years of experience helping schools and districts implement computer science programs.

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