Tapestry Workshop 2013

Attracting and engaging diverse high school students to computing

July 16-18, 2013
Room CBC 232

Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences





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Tapestry’s Goals Are:

·         To help computer science teachers attract more and diverse students, particularly girls, into their classes.

·         Influence the perceptions of students, parents, guidance counselors, administrators, and other teachers on the importance of computing courses and the opportunities they provide.

·         To help teachers find ways to engage their students in the exciting and rewarding field of computing.

What is a Tapestry Workshop?

The goals of the workshop are to share strategies, research-based practices, and field-tested ideas for teaching computer science in a way that reaches all students regardless of sex or ethnicity.

Workshop participants will...


  • Explore activities for gaining the interest of all students
  • Interact with national experts on teaching and diversity practices
  • Meet university faculty desiring to serve as ambassadors to their schools
  • Form a network of like-minded people for ongoing discussion and development


Thanks to the National Science Foundation, NCWIT, CSTA, and university sponsors, this workshop is tuition-free, with lodging and meals provided to all participants. Florida International University has generously provided facilities and staff, and Ultimate Software has provided supplementary funding.

First-time Tapestry attendees who complete an entire workshop are awarded honorariums of $1,000 to assist with time and travel costs, and to show appreciation for assessing the workshop program and activities. Returning Tapestry attendees who complete an entire workshop are awarded honorariums of $500 to assist with time and travel costs.

The workshop begins mid-morning Tuesday, July 16 and finishes mid-afternoon Thursday, July 18.


Room CBC 232 at the College of Business, Florida International University, Madique Campus. Here is a photo of the building's lobby.


If you have questions about the FIU Tapestry Workshop please contact Debra Davis and Kip Irvine




Travel to Campus


Driving directions


Taxi fare from Miami International Airport to the FIU campus costs about $33 (including a $5 tip), according to the taxifinder.com website. The trip is 9.5 miles, and takes about 18-20 minutes.


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Arriving on Campus


Free parking on campus is provided to all participants. We will issue you a student parking pass when you arrive. You may park in any Student space (not marked as a Faculty, Administrative, or service vehicle spot).


View a campus map. Here's another map, showing building names.


This is a good way to find the workshop, if you're driving:


1.   Enter the campus from SW 8th Street (photo). Make an immediate right turn and then turn into the second parking lot entrance on the left. This is Parking Lot 9 (large signs overhead).

2.   Park in Region C, which is where all the student spaces are found.

3.   Walk due East to the rear side of the CBC building (photo) and walk past the red wall into the courtyard.

4.   Once inside the courtyard (photo), look for the stairs on the right (photo). The workshop room (CBC 232) is at the top of the stairs.



Housing and Meals


Housing will be at the Panther Hall student housing building, located on the South side of the campus. In the map attached to this link, enter the campus and follow the red line to reach Panther Hall.


Housing check-in is available 24 hours per day. On the last day (July 18), you may check out at 3:30.


You will stay in air-conditioned two-bedroom single-gender suites. Each bedroom is private, and each suite has its own refrigerator and private bathroom. Meals will be provided either in the student cafeteria or in the Tapestry conference room. FIU is a smoke-free campus. Cable television and wireless internet is available in all rooms along with guest wireless access on campus. Laundry facilities are available on-site (all major credit cards, debit cards, and dollars/coins are accepted). Mattress size 36 x 80 x 6 - Twin Extra Long. Community kitchens are on alternating floors.



This is the floor plan of an individual unit:



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Wireless Access


Wireless internet access will be available to visitors on campus via the FIU_SECUREWiFi wireless network. Users must create a Guest ID and password to log-in to the FIU_SECUREWiFi network. The Guest ID is available for 24 hours. To create a Guest ID, visit the Visitor Registration Page at https://network.fiu.edu/visitor








·         Dr. Giri Narasimhan, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, FIU College of Engineering and Computing

·         Dr. Debra Davis, Lecturer, FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences

·         Dr. Kip Irvine, Senior Instructor, FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences

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