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Rock CS – Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators was started in 2019 by Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District. The first year was grant funded and allowed educators to attend at no cost. The second year was postponed, then made fully virtual to accommodate Covid restrictions. This year the learning from the last few years has made it possible to provide a hybrid event with in-person and virtual sessions.

This event supports P-12 teachers with teaching computer science (CS) and computational thinking. Whether you’re a dedicated tech/CS teacher or a classroom teacher interested in learning how to integrate CS or the new Computational Thinker standards in the ISTE Standards for Students, this conference is for you!

Why Rock CS?

Over 90% of parents want schools to teach computer programming, and students love it.

Computer science opens more doors than any other discipline. Learning the basics will help students in any career—from architecture to zoology. 71% of all US jobs require digital skills. And high-skilled computing occupations are the fastest-growingbest-paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the US.

Colorado currently has 19,018 open computing jobs (1.8 times the average demand rate in Colorado). The average salary for a computing occupation in CO is $101,518, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($65,231). The existing open jobs alone represent a $1,561,162,579 opportunity in terms of annual salaries.

More Information

Computer Science Education in Colorado | Colorado Computer Science Standards | CSTA Standards  | ISTE Standards for Educators – Computational Thinking Competencies