Kick-Off Event


June 6, 2022 - 4:00 to 6:00 PM PDT

California teachers, counselors and administrators are invited to join in this two-hour summit to celebrate equity-minded computer science (CS) education. Bring a team and expand the vision for CS education in your class, school, district or county!

During the Summer of CS Virtual Kick-Off event, you will have opportunities to learn from and with other teachers, counselors, and administrators that are implementing the California K-12 Computer Science Standards.

Additionally, you will hear from students, high-profile keynote speakers, experts in the field, and teacher leaders from across California in dynamic and engaging virtual sessions.

If you are participating in one of the Summer of CS workshops during the week of June 13th, you will also have an opportunity to meet your facilitators and fellow participating educators.

There is no cost to participate. Space is limited so be sure to register today!

After completing registration, you will be provided access to Zoom Events, the virtual platform for the Summer of CS Kick-Off Event.


Ed Campos, Jr.

Ed is currently an Education Consultant (part-time for Kings County Office of Education & part-time with his own Consultancy). He was a software consultant for 3 years before answering his true calling as an educator. He taught high school Math and CS for 15+ years before becoming a consultant and now consults, presents, and speaks statewide and nationally.

Professionally, Ed is driven to empower students and teachers with skills and strategies to solve problems and gain empowerment while bringing joy to learning & teaching. Personally, Ed has a passion for Hip Hop, chalk art, creating charcuterie boards to John Coltrane, & hiking every chance he gets.

Dr. Abigail Joseph

Dr. Abigail Joseph has an extensive career as an educator in the California Bay Area. Her commitment to education includes work developing and supporting programs in schools and organizations like MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), Girls Incorporated, Black Girls Code, and the Krause Center for Innovation. She has spent the past eight years developing computer science programs and recently developed a curriculum for a mobile app programming book for kids. Abigail currently works as the Director of Learning, Innovation, and Design in the Middle School at The Harker School in San Jose, California. She is a member of the inaugural cohort (2019 -2020) of CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) Equity Fellows, CSTA Board Member, and serves as an MIT Master Trainer for App Inventor. Beyond teaching, making, and the arts, her current passion is guiding professionals to spark their creative confidence in and out of the workplace. She tweets at @drabigailjoseph. She holds a B.S.E in computer science from Princeton University and an M.S./Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Professor Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal is a professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is Associate Director of the Media Lab and leads strategic initiatives. She is also Director of the MIT-wide Initiative on Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education ( She co-founded the consumer social robotics company, Jibo, Inc., where she served as Chief Scientist and Chief Experience Officer.

Breazeal is a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction. Her work balances technical innovation in AI, UX design, and understanding the psychology of engagement to design personified AI technologies that promote human flourishing and personal growth. Her recent work focuses on the theme of "living with AI" and understanding the long-term impact of social robots that can build relationships and provide personalized support as helpful companions in daily life. Her research group actively investigates social robots applied to education, pediatrics, health and wellness, and aging.

Her seminal book, Designing Sociable Robots, is recognized as a landmark in launching the field of Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction. She is an international award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur. She has spoken at prominent venues such as TED, the World Economic Forum, the UN, SXSW, CES, and she has keynoted at numerous top academic conferences. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering's Gilbreth Lecture Award, Technology Review's TR35 Award, TIME magazine's Best Inventions where her Jibo robot was featured on the cover. She has received numerous design awards including recognition by the National Design Awards, Fast Company Design Award, Core 77. She has also been recognized as a rising entrepreneur by Fortune and Entrepreneur Magazine. Breazeal did her graduate work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, received her doctorate in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Dr. Julie Flapan

Dr. Sonia Koshy

Heidi Baynes

Jonathan Rhodea

Rebecca Bailey

Rudy Escobar

Mark Lantsberger

Christen Northrop

Tim Taylor

Dr. Emily Thomforde


Summer of CS Kick-Off Event Schedule

Virtual Event Platform

  • For the best experience at the virtual Summer of CS, be sure to use a device that meets the following requirements:

    • Zoom desktop client:

      • Windows: 5.7.6 or higher

      • macOS: 5.7.6 or higher

    • Zoom mobile client

      • iOS: 5.7.6 or higher

      • Android: 5.7.6 or higher

    • It is important to note that Chromebooks are not supported on the Zoom Events platform. For the best experience, we recommend using a Windows or MacOS device.

  • In addition to checking your hardware, you will need to access the Summer of CS on Zoom Events using a Basic, Pro, Business, Enterprise, or Education Zoom account.

  • Lastly, be sure to update your Zoom software to the current version.

If you have any questions or need technology support to access the Summer of CS on Zoom Events, please email Tawny Reinhardt at