First Name

Astra

Last Name

Zeno

Bio

Astra Zeno has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a M.S. in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She has enjoyed teaching math, science, robotics, aerospace, marine science, technology applications, engineering and computer science over her twelve years of teaching. Astra was especially proud to teach a Girls Exploring Engineering class, where young women were introduced to engineering and computer science through project learning that included everything from modern dance to programming mobile robots. She coaches several all girls robotics teams after school, emphasizing that all members learn to code using NXT-G, a graphical language, or text based commands (ROBOTC). Astra’s junior level engineering classes this year are currently a part of a dance residency where they will use their engineering and computer science skills to design and create illuminated and programmed dance costumes. Astra has attended a variety of computer science workshops including the AP Computer Science Institute Workshop at Texas A&M University (Summer 2013), CS4HS (Summer 2013), and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (Spring 2014). She is part of a teacher cohort that will implement the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC), an introductory computer science curriculum developed at the University of California, Berkeley.