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Summer Conference for Computer Studies Educators

Summer Institute for CS Educators

The Summer Conference for Computer Studies Educators hosted by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) provides resources for educators to implement the computer science and computer engineering curriculum in their classrooms. Every August, participants spend three days networking with other educators, learning new skills and brainstorming classroom activity ideas.

Intended Audience

This three-day residential conference is designed for high school computer studies educators. However, interested elementary school educators are welcome to attend.

Dates and Location

The conference will be held in person at the University of Waterloo from August 13 to August 15, 2024. Participants can arrive on campus on the evening of Monday, August 12 or between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13.

Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and the conference ends with lunch on Thursday. Note the different start time from previous conferences.


Program schedule

Topics covered in the conference:

  • AI and workflow tools to improve your courses
  • Programming using physical systems such as Raspberry Pi, robots, Arduinos, and Bluetooth
  • Computational thinking activities for your classroom
  • Pedagogy and course development ideas
  • Ideas for introductory CS and advanced CS courses
  • Ideas for TEJ courses

Participants are welcome to attend any session at any time, without pre-registering for individual sessions. This includes any session in the Math Educators conference that is running concurrently.


Registrations for the in-person conference are closed now. However, the CEMC is offering a few sessions virtually and free of charge for participants that have registered. All sessions will take place on Zoom.

Below are details of the sessions that will be available virtually. Session descriptions are available in the schedule. Please note that all session times are in EDT (Waterloo, ON time)

Computer Studies:

  1. Using AI Tools in Your Courses
    Date: Tuesday, August 13
    Timing: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  2. Interdepartmental Collaboration for Video Game Development in ICS4U
    Date: Thursday, August 15
    Timing: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


  1. Coding your way through Grade 9 Math
    Date: Tuesday, August 13
    Timing: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  2. Introducing Desmos Classroom for Grade 7 and 8 Math Classes
    Date: Wednesday, August 14
    Timing: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please register here


The registration fee is $250 for each participant. This includes any applicable taxes, meals and accommodation. The conference fee remains the same for everyone regardless of whether they choose to stay in the accommodation provided.

Previous Conferences

Resources from previous Summer Conferences can be found in our searchable repository.


For more information, please contact our Events Team.