CS Journeys

My Journey Chats

Weekly Classroom Conversations with Professionals

Give your students the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of people using computer science to explore the universe, make cool robots and popular TV shows, and more! Students will learn about a number of ways they can use computer science to have a positive impact, as well as different journeys that people have taken to get to meaningful careers and achieve their goals. For classes joining live, there may be opportunities for Q&A.

Live, weekly conversations

Zoom webinar

30 minute sessions

Recordings will be available

Developing responsible artificial intelligence

Taylor Roper
Google logo

Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 am EDT

Recommended for grades K-5

Learn how one program manager works with scientists and engineers to help build new technologies responsibly.

About the speaker:
As a program manager on Google’s Responsible AI team, Taylor Roper works with a lot of amazing research scientists, software engineers, and others to develop and manage tools, processes, and programs to help Google's teams develop AI responsibly. Taylor is an alumna of Howard University, graduating in 2020 with a B.B.A. in Information Systems.

Artificial intelligence and sports

Patrick Lucey
Stats PERFORM logo

Wednesday, September 29th at 1 pm EDT

Recommended for grades 6-12

Learn how a former semi-pro soccer player combined his love for sports and his interest in artificial intelligence into a career using data to help athletes and teams improve their performance.

About the speaker:
Patrick Lucey serves as Chief Scientist at Stats PERFORM. Previously, Patrick was at Disney Research, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and interactive machine learning in sporting domains. For more background, please check out Patrick’s personal page.

Building models of the universe

NASA logo

Wednesday, October 6th at 9 am EDT

Recommended for grades K-5

Hear from two NASA scientists about their career journeys and how they use data science to build 3D models of the universe.

About the speakers:
Kim Arcand was working in molecular biology and public health when she was hired for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1998. Since she always wanted to be an astronaut when she was little, this opportunity got Kim close to the cosmos but without the long distance commute. Today, Kim uses data to tell stories about science, whether in the form of a 3D print of an exploded star or a Virtual Reality application for high-energy astrophysics. For more background, please check out Kim’s personal page.

Rutuparna Das is an astrophysicist and science communicator at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Through research, she weighs clusters of galaxies to figure out what the cosmos is made of. Through NASA's Universe of Learning, she spreads the joys of space in a variety of ways, including telling stories about the people behind the science.

Computer science for good

Code.org logo

Thursday, October 14th at 11 am EDT

Recommended for grades 6-12

Learn how two software engineers took different paths into the same career, and are now building technology that helps students all around the world learn computer science.

About the speakers:
With an academic background in neuroscience and education, Erin Bond was previously an elementary school teacher and private learning specialist. She is a graduate of Ada Developers Academy and is excited to blend her long-term dedication to education and new-found interest in technology at Code.org.

Maureen Sturgeon is a Software Engineer at Code.org. She didn’t discover computer science until college and is passionate about expanding access to computer science for K-12 students. Maureen graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Mathematics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and watching stand-up comedy.

Building robots

iRobot logo

Friday, October 22nd at 9 am EDT

Recommended for grades K-5

Learn how two women are helping build software for robots and designing learning experiences that inspire the next generation of technologists.

About the speakers:
Anna Elzer is a learning designer at iRobot Education. Her experiences as an educator, artist, and community builder continue to fuel her passion for equity, creativity, and youth voice. She is committed to making robotics accessible to young people, educators, and anyone who is curious to learn! In her free time, Anna loves playing volleyball, salsa dancing, and making art with friends.

As Director of Software Engineering at iRobot, Eva Moscat is responsible for the Robot Operating System department, including connectivity, embedded Linux, manufacturing, and engineering tools. Eva is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic; through her culture and socioeconomic upbringing, she mentors children with a similar background in STEM. Eva is inspired daily by her husband and her newborn son. In her free time, she enjoys watching anime, playing basketball, and building her sneaker collection.

Building the Internet of Things

Amazon logo

Wednesday, October 27th at 9 am EDT

Recommended for grades 6-12

Learn about how one solutions architect is helping to build the Internet of Things - and hosting Twitch streams!

About the speaker:
Olawale Oladehin is the Head of Worldwide Solutions Architects – IoT (Internet of Things) at Amazon. He has 15 years of experience working across ecommerce, video, and embedded systems. He has a passion for helping customers innovate through technology to achieve their business outcomes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Making Star Wars

Industrial Light & Magic
Industrial Light & Magic logo

Friday, November 5th at 11 am EDT

Recommended for grades K-5

Hear how two computer science graduates use technology to help make movies and TV shows, including the many worlds of Star Wars.

About the speakers:
Cristiane Teles Maia was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to New York when she was nine years old. Since joining Industrial Light & Magic in 2015, she has worked as a render support technical assistant on the Star Wars films, and also served as a resource assistant on several other works including Deepwater Horizon. Recently she's taken on new challenges as an external assistant technical director while working on The Mandalorian and various other projects.

Ini Oladosu joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2020 as a Production Assistant. He was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria before immigrating to Calgary, Canada with his family in 2000. Between 2019 and 2021, Ini co-wrote and co-produced his debut short film, Framed. The film has been selected into various film festivals and most recently won the award for Best Edit at the 2021 London International Monthly Film Festival.

Due to legal constraints, we are only able to offer this recording on demand. You will need to register using your name and email address to access.

Using Roblox to empower students

Roblox logo

Wednesday, November 10th at 1 pm EDT

Recommended for grades 6-12

Learn how one Roblox designer uses the platform to empower students to pursue careers as entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers.

About the speaker:
As the senior instruction designer for Roblox, Genevieve Johnson oversees the creation of educational content and empowers students to pursue careers as entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers. She has been an author on two books, Roblox Game Development in 24 Hours: The Official Roblox Guide, and Coding with Roblox Lua in 24 Hours: The Official Roblox Guide.

Art + Tech

LA County Museum of Art
LACMA logo

Friday, November 19th at 11 am EDT

Recommended for grades K-5

Learn how the program team at LA County Museum of Art makes space for artists to explore the intersections of art and emerging technologies.

About the speakers:
Since Joel Ferree became program director of LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab in 2015, the Lab has cemented its reputation as one of the world’s leading initiatives that connects artists with innovators in technology. Previous and current projects have involved artists working on projects with both NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SpaceX, and with companies working across machine-learning, robotics and 3D-printing and more.

Tomas Garcia is LACMA’s Assistant Vice President of Technology and Digital Media, guiding the digital vision of one of the nation’s pioneering arts institutions. In this capacity he leads the digital operations of a diverse, multi-generational workforce while materializing the groundwork for the future of technology in museums. Tomas is responsible for the design and management of digital touchpoints all across the institution.

Visual storytelling with data

Sasha Samochina
Moving Brands logo


Recommended for grades 6-12

Learn how a creative technologist uses art, music, data, and technology to create experiential software that both helps scientists and inspires people of all ages.

About the speaker:
Sasha Samochina (sam-ocean-uh) is the Director of Labs at Moving Brands, a creative and innovation company that explores emerging technologies. She formerly led the Data Visualization and Infusion team at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With a background in art, Sasha creates software that incorporates innovative forms of visualization that aid scientists, engineers, and astronauts. For more background, please check out Sasha's personal page.

Teacher Guides

The My Journey Chats for K-5 students differ from those for middle and high school students in subject matter. We strongly encourage you to sign your class up for Chats that are appropriate for your grade band. To learn more about key takeaways for students and suggestions for planning, view the Teacher Guide that’s most appropriate to you.

What's in the guides:

  • Student Takeaways / Guiding Principles
  • Before the My Journey Chat
  • After the My Journey Chat
  • Go further: Suggestions for extended learning
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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