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Fall Break 2021: FREE Coding Sessions for School Students!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10am to 5pm

Virtual Event

UTDCS is thrilled to offer FREE virtual coding sessions during the first 3 days of Thanksgiving break. These sessions are made possible by a grant from State Farm. Please consider contributing any amount to support our programs and enable us to offer more programs in the future ( for easy process, for tax-exempt gifts)

While MS Teams web version should work, MS Teams app gives a better experience - you can download it from If you have 2 computers (OR connect the computer to TV), it will make the sessions more enjoyable!

Here is the listing of sessions with the meeting room links:

10-11 am - Animations with MIT Scratch - 2nd grade & up

11am-12noon - Micro:bit projects - 2nd grade & up

12 noon-1pm 3D animations with Alice - 5th grade & up

1-2 pm - Hands-on coding with JavaScript - 6th grade & up -

2-3 pm - Web page design - 6th grade & up

3-4 pm - Problem Solving in Python - 8th grade & up

4-5 pm - AP CS (Java) review - 9th grade & up

While such open sessions are a great way to get introduced to coding, it cannot be tailored to individual needs & pace may be bit slow or fast. While we don't expect to hit MS team virtual room capacity (250 or so), it can happen if too many students show up.

If you would like to learn at your own pace & schedule, you can consider private tutoring - details @

By joining/viewing these online coding sessions, participants agree to the following terms:

The University of Texas at Dallas Computer Science department will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in such FREE CS Outreach events. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers K-12, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones.

The University of Texas at Dallas bears no liability for participants attending these webinars & reviewing the recordings later. All participants are responsible for the content of their verbal and written interactions or any physical exercise they engage in during the webinar. We request all participants to keep all the chat messages related to the session topic. Participants will be removed from the meeting rooms if they post inappropriate chat messages.

Virtual Event

UTD strives to create inclusive and accessible events in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the event coordinator (listed above) at least 10 business days prior to the event. If you have any additional questions, please email and the AccessAbility Resource Center at

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