SusatinIT STEMbridge 2016



Camps run Monday – Thursday of each week

  • Week 1 – June 13-16, 2016
  • Week 2 – June 20-23, 2016
  • Week 3 – June 27-30, 2016

Daily schedule for teachers will be 8am to noon on Mondays and 10am to noon on Thursdays, plus two afternoons (1-5 p.m.) with students.




Eligible Attendees

Middle school and high school teachers with some programming background in object-oriented programming such as Java, C++, or Python.

Opportunity for Teachers

In return for assisting students during the SustainIT STEMbridge Summer Camps, participating teacher will receive the following benefits.

Participating Teachers…

  • Will receive training in the camp’s subject matter and curriculum appropriate for their own classrooms
  • Will work on hands-on projects with students using platforms including the Raspberry Pi
  • Will receive a Raspberry Pi kit (a $150 value) for each week of camp that they complete. (Teachers may receive up to 3 Raspberry Pi kits–free!)



The SustainIT STEMbridge program is a series of one-week summer camps developed around the intersection of computer science and select sustainability topics. Teachers will receive training prior to the arrival of students then participate in the camp as Teaching Assistants alongside industry volunteers from STEMEd Labs and the lead teacher for two afternoons. While students can elect to attend a subset of these camps, they’re designed to be consumed consecutively for the greatest benefit.

Teachers will commit to a minimum of one week of camp but are welcome to attend two and/or the full three weeks. Registration is limited to 20 teachers per week.


Camp Topics

June 13-16 – Energy-aware Gaming with the RBP

Everyday we rely on our computing devices to communicate, be productive, and entertain ourselves with video games. But at what cost? In this course students will be introduced to programming and electronics using the Raspberry Pi to explore these issues.

June 20-23 – Weather Sensors and Data

Learn to utilize environmental sensors with Raspberry Pi hardware to monitor and collect data. Students will gain a better understanding of how embedded systems are architected, as well as how to manage sensor data.

June 27-30 – APIs and Analytics for Sustainability Data

In an increasingly data-driven world, the ability to leverage programming and critical thinking skills to explore datasets is extremely valuable. As part of this course, students will learn how to utilize REST APIs and data serialization formats including JSON to access and query data sources. They will work in groups to explore and understand these data sets, and also obtain experience in communicating findings to their peers.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 14 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Participants should receive the certificate two to three weeks after the PDA. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.



  • Amy Werst
  • Manager of Programmatic Operations
  • Center for STEM Education, UT Austin
  • 512-471-7450


Accommodations and Transportation

All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed to participants who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate only for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed, also at the state rate ($0.54 per mile), as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option.

No hotel block arrangements have been made by the TRC for this event. Make reservations at an area hotel of your choice, asking for state rate. A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.



Parking is free at Akins HS.


Application Instruction / Notes

  • Teachers must complete the online application to be considered for this training event.
    • Application deadline: June 10th
    • Notification deadline: June 10th
  • There is no cost to teachers for this event.
  • Teachers may register for 1, 2, or 3 weeks of training.
  • There is a 20 teacher registration limit per week.