This course is designed for K-12 teachers who have either little or no exposure to coding. Integrating some basic coding in the curriculum of any subject, enables children to develop the skill of critical thinking, and helps them gain the confidence to work through problems in a systematic manner. Problem-solving skills and the ability to tackle a problem set with logic and persistence are key benefits that are tied directly into learning concepts of coding. Teachers will be given instructions by a team of teachers who will guide them to incorporate basic coding into their curriculum. This will include, introduction to computational thinking; hands-on HTML; hands-on/ unplugged coding activities; exposure and application to Scratch, Java, Python; and introduction to digital footprinting. Each teacher will create a “take-home” product and toolset to apply directly to their classes in the Fall.

CSCI 501 is now a recognized elective for the M.S. in Technology & Innovation program. 

Dates:  July 11 - 15, 2022           Term:  Summer 3          
Course NumberCSCI 501.50A CRN:  3369
Title that appears during registration:  Coding for Educators


  • Synchronous and asynchronous sessions will occur during the week of July 11 - 15.
  • Asynchronous take-home project will be due on July 22. 

Institute Director

Nazli HardyDr. Nazli Hardy

Dr. Hardy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of the Women in Mathematics, Science, & Technology Conference at Millersville University. 

She joined Millersville University in 2004. Her undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, she holds an MBA from Metropolitan College of New York, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the City University of New York. She has taught several classes including Introduction to Programming, Discrete Mathematics, Computer and Network Security, Freshman Seminar for CS majors. She lives in Millersville with her husband, Christopher Hardy, Professor of Biology at Millersville University, and their two children who attend Penn Manor School District.



Jeffrey Wile - Monday, July 11 and Thursday, July 14

Jeffrey Wile

Jeffrey Wile is a certified computer science and math teacher in Lancaster county. Wile is the founding president of the Computer Science Teacher Association of Susquehanna Valley, which formed in 2021. He has been a teacher since 2011, teaching middle school math and high school math and computer science. Wile earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education with a Computer Science minor from Millersville University and his M.Ed. is in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State University. In addition to this teaching experience, Wile has published six iOS apps, received the National Center for Women and Information Technology Educator Aspirations award in 2019, and presented at both state and national level conferences on computer science.

Ms. Nicole Shoemaker - Tuesday, July 12

Nicole Shoemaker

After being a classroom teacher for 20 years, Nicole Shoemaker recently made a switch to a STEM special area at Donegal Intermediate School. She is excited to be working in a new role teaching STEM, which offers the opportunity to work with all students in the building on coding, the engineering design process, robotics, and many other topics. Nicole has offered camps as part of Millersville's Technology and Engineering camps for many years, offering activities in forensics, coding, geocaching and claymation. Nicole earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Millersville University, a Master's degree in Teaching and the Curriculum at Penn State, a Master's degree in Science Education at Lebanon Valley College, and a Tech Specialist certification at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Mrs. Rae Ann Smith - Wednesday, July 13

Rae Ann Smith

Rae Ann Smith has been an instructional technology specialist at Hempfield School District since 1995. She has been working with teachers to engage students and facilitate learning using technology for 30 years, leading workshops and co-teaching on current trends and best practices. In addition to teaching online coding to students, she sees great value in laying a foundation to coding concepts through offline activities. Mrs. Smith has served as a summer instructor at Millersville’s Technology and Engineering summer camps for several years, designing activities to teach students about coding using online and offline experiences and about stop motion video through clay animation. She has presented at technology conferences such as PETE&C, STEMATHON, IU13’s Elementary Technology Conference, and Google Summit. Mrs. Smith’s bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education from Millersville University and she has a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Development from Penn State.

Ms. Breanna Caggiano - Friday, July 15

Breanna Caggiano



  • Additional Information

    Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute 

    Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses that highlight renowned experts in the field. On campus institutes include breakfast and lunch each day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required for certain courses; please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts page. In addition, a $100 institute fee is required.

    Note: If you have not taken a graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.