When the Texas Computer Education Association’s (TCEA) annual conference kicks off on Feb. 7 in Austin, Texas, attendees will be immersed in the “No Limits” theme, from inspiring keynotes to in-depth sessions covering how to best integrate technology into every part of education.
Speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy delivers the Feb. 9 opening keynote. Tuohy was the subject of Michael Lewis’s book, The Blind Side, and she was later portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the book’s film adaptation. She will discuss how to look past society’s prejudices and find value in different people, theories, and ideas.
Mark Nizer, who combines comedy, juggling, music, and technology, will deliver a 3D keynote presentation on Feb. 10.
Well-known New York Times personal technology columnist David Pogue will deliver the closing keynote on Feb. 11. Pogue is a best-selling author who contributes a print column, online column, an online video, and daily blog posts to the world of personal technology.
Each year, TCEA gives its members the opportunity to explore the impact of robotics through its Robotics Contest. Participating students from elementary and secondary schools design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present, and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contests vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects, and light. A programmable robot is limited only by the imagination of its inventor.