Educators from all across La Porte County got a high quality opportunity to learn how to integrate technology and computer science into their classroom. The Unity Foundation coordinated this first ever event so teachers could be close to home and attend for free. The Summer Teacher Tech Conference was held at Purdue University Northwest Westville campus on July 30 & 31 and featured knowledgeable, interactive sessions. Local educators, Nextech, Edge Factor, and La Porte County Public Library provided concurrent training sessions with hands – on materials, while representatives from Sullair, Arconic, and Ivy Tech shared the types of jobs that coding skills are valuable for. Sullair’s HR manager Kelly Molchan surprised conference attendees with a truckload of school supplies donated by Sullair’s employees. Teachers also had the chance to win over $4,000 in coding materials for the classroom and received attendance gifts including reading glasses from Peepers in Michigan City. Peepers supports teachers throughout the year through their Peepers for Teachers program and other events.