Design Lab Updates

UVA School of Education & Human Development

September/October 2022

Once Upon a Tech: We talk with Kakim Fung and his former student and now teacher colleague, Harold Aquino-Guzman

What is it like to teach alongside your former mentor? In this episode we interview Kakim Fung and his former student and now teacher colleague, Harold Aquino-Guzman. Kakim is a computer science, mathematics, English, and history teacher at George Wythe High School. He is on a mission: to give every student in the Richmond City Public Schools the opportunity to earn an associate degree while in high school. Harold is a former student of Kakim’s who struggled academically in middle school, but with Kakim’s guidance, went on to earn over 100 college credits during his high school career. He graduated high school in 2021 and earned his bachelor’s degree in math in 2022. These two make an incredible pair - you won’t want to miss this story!

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A Finch flock has landed

A Finch flock has arrived in the Design Lab to join the other robots! They will be flying off the shelf later this month to join an elementary classroom. If you work with K-12 students in the Charlottesville area, you too can reserve the bots.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

  • October 31 - CSforVA Conference will bring together educators and administrators from across the Commonwealth to learn more about planning for and integrating the K-8 Computer Science SOLs into core curriculum. This conference will host two different tracks: one for administrators and one for educators.
  • December 4-6 - VSTE Annual Conference. This conference provides a wealth of CS-related content and connections to get you inspired! The Design Lab will be hosting a playdate on Sunday afternoon.
  • CodeVA offers a variety of CS PD for current Virginia public school K-12 educators at no cost.
  • Design Lab Playdates will be scheduled soon!

Meet the Design Lab Facilitators

Kim Wilkens is an EdD student in curriculum & instruction with a focus on innovation and computer science education. She is also the founder of Tech-Girls. Kim has extensive experience organizing professional learning opportunities for educators.

Eric Bredder is a PhD student with a focus on STEM Education and teacher professional development. He co-teaches the EDIS5070 - Enhancing Technology Instruction course for pre-service teachers and has strong connections with local educators in STEM and CTE.