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Upcoming events

  • Building Pathways to Teaching Computer Science

Date: Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Time: 10am PST

Watch Live

How to Join: Watch the live event on the Google for Education on YouTube channel. The agenda, session descriptions, and speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

Spread the word: Share this event with your network using this message on social media.

Want to learn more about #CS professional development? Tune in on Dec 16th for Building Pathways to Teaching Computer Science online summit

  • Amazon recently launched the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids, an online competition for building Alexa skills that educate, entertain, and engage kids under the age of 13. Youth ages 13 through 17 who submit an eligible certified skill will receive a limited-edition Echo Dot, 20 finalists will win $5,000 and promotion in the Alexa Skills Store, and the grand prize winner will receive $20,000. There’s also a $10,000 high school team bonus prize! Submissions are open now through January 10, 2018. Find more details at alexakidskills.devpost.com.

  • Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018: Register for notification when the application process opens in January 2018 here. Open to all K-12 teachers and counselors in the US.

CS Spotlight on Educators: Michelle Cannon

Preparing for CyberWar

Students at Desert Shadows Middle School were quite surprised when their teacher showed up dressed in Military Fatigues. They soon found out that they were going to be trained for war, but not your ordinary war. This war does not involve guns or weapons but computers! This is CYBER WAR and the DSMS students learned about the threat of cyber attacks and how to become prepared and act as cyber warriors. They were excited to crack codes and make cyber decisions during this 3 day journey.

They participated in the NSA Day Of Cyber sponsored by the National Security Agency, which is an interactive cyber career exploration experience that enables students to take a seat beside the NSA Cyber Threat Director and test drive a day in the life of six NSA cyber professionals. They completed challenging real-life cyber scenarios while discovering the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals. This is an important skill to introduce as there are currently 285,000 open positions in cybersecurity nationally, and 6,800 in Arizona, according to Cyberseek.org. The average pay for a cybersecurity analyst is $92,600, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This online free tool is a great way to introduce students to careers in Cybersecurity.

Teachers can get the Cyber Teacher Certificate issued by the Computer Science Teachers Association and receive 8 clock hours of CEU credit. There are currently corporate - funded scholarships available that enable Cyber teacher development available to you at NO COST to you or your school. Be the Next cyber warrior and prepare your students for battle. Click HERE for more information.


CSforAZ is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to enabling all K-12 students in Arizona to have access to computer science (CS) education.