His focus is in the integration of technology, problem-based learning (PBL), and 21st Century Learning in the public school system. Braun supports curriculum in Common Core State Standards while mentoring teachers on innovative education. Braun has been invited to lead various STEM events and “K12 Teacher Training” workshops across the United States and abroad.
Braun Co-founded and managed middle school and high school “hackathons” called App Day. The goal of this coding event is to give public school students a taste of computer science and basic programming over the course of a single day. Students use a web app called TouchDevelop to create their own apps on their Windows phones, Androids, iPhones, iPads, laptops, whatever device they are carrying in their pocket or backpack. App Day has received support from Microsoft TEALS, Microsoft Research, Microsoft Citizenship, Seattle Public School’s Career & Technical Education Department, the University of Washington Computer Science Department, the College Success Foundation, and individual IT professionals. The hackathon concept has been a terrific success, as a result of which, Braun has been invited to lead various other coding events and “Teacher Training” computer science workshops across the West Coast of the United States and abroad.
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