CSforAZ News

Issue 12: January 2019

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Announcing Arizona CS PD Week 2019

Initial registration is open for Arizona's first ever computer science week of professional development for K-12 teachers and school counselors. Arizona Computer Science Professional Development Week (AZ CS PD Week) will take place June 17-21, 2019 at ASU’s College of Engineering. There are a variety of learning pathways depending on your interest and grade levels you teach. Initial registration & interest is being collected via this form. You will then receive follow-up directions to register through Arizona Department of Education.


High schools that do not currently offer Computer Science courses are encouraged to work with their district and apply for funding assistance from the AZ Computer Science Professional Development Fund.


Thank you to our supporters:

  • Arizona Department of Education,

  • ASU College of Engineering,

  • CSTA

  • CSforAZ and CSTA-Arizona for their input in planning.



    Who: School counselors

    When: June 17 + optional day of follow-up and shadowing another PD strand

    What: NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Download the one-page information sheet to learn how C4C offers counselors with professional development.


    Anticipated Cost: FREE for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here


    Who: Grades 9-12

    When: June 17-21, 2019

    What: Mobile CSPrinciples

    This course is supported by the Mobile Computer Science Principles Project (Mobile CSP), an NSF-funded effort to provide a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science based on App Inventor, a mobile programming language for Android devices. The course is based on the College Board's emerging Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles curriculum framework for introductory computer science.

    In this course you will learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps. In addition to programming and computer science principles, the course is project-based and emphasizes writing, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here


    Who: Grades 4-8

    When: June 17-21

    What: Microsoft MakeCode provides a new approach to computer science that combines the magic of making with the power of code in a way that engages every student in computational thinking – we call this approach Hands-on Computing Education.

    • Introduction to MakeCode for the micro:bit – Come join us to learn about this little device which is making a big impact in CS education around the world. In this workshop, attendees can expect to get hands-on creating MakeCode projects with the micro:bit, and get access to curriculum and resources they can use in the classroom. No prior experience required.

    • Introduction to MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express – Multi-colored lights, buttons, sounds, and more! The Circuit Playground Express is a great introduction to physical computing, from elementary to high school. In this workshop, attendees can expect to get hands-on creating MakeCode projects with the Circuit Playground Express, and get access to curriculum and resources for the classroom. No prior experience required.

    • Introduction to MakeCode Arcade – Come join us to learn about the new Microsoft MakeCode Arcade – a 2D game development environment entirely online. In this workshop, attendees can expect to get hands-on creating simple 2D games using Microsoft MakeCode, and get access to curriculum and resources they can use in the classroom. No prior experience required.


    Day 4-5: In this hands-on three hour professional development workshop, teachers will learn how to use CS First, Google’s free ready-to-teach introductory computer science (CS) curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

    During the three-hour workshop, teachers will:

    • Review the CS First curriculum

    • Test drive a CS First class from a student and teacher perspective

    • Develop a plan of action for teaching CS First in their classrooms

    Most importantly, teachers will join the growing community of CS First educators from around the world. Google CSFirst


    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here




    Who: Grades 6-12

    When: June 17-21, 2019

    What: Bootstrap

    Bootstrap:Algebra applies mathematical concepts and rigorous programming principles to creating a simple videogame, and is aligned to National and State Standards for Mathematics as well as the CSTA standards and K12CS frameworks. The module can be taught as a separate, standalone tech or CS class, or can be integrated into a mainstream math class, delivered by a math teacher with no prior CS experience. In Bootstrap:Algebra, students create a simple, 3-character game involving a player, a target and a danger. They design what each character looks like, and use mathematical concepts such as coordinate planes, order of operations, ratio and proportion, Domain and Range, function composition, word problems and the distance formula to detect collisions, handle keystrokes, and determine how they move and interact. In addition to learning programming, students who take Bootstrap:Algebra have shown improvement on standard, pencil-and-paper algebra tasks.


    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here



    Who: Grades 6-10

    When: June 17-21, 2019

    What: Project GUTS - Computer Science in Science:

    Why Computer Science in Science? Every science classroom can benefit from the integration of computer science in science. Through the Project GUTS CS in Science curriculum, students make fundamental scientific concepts come alive

    through modeling and simulation and deeply engage in computational thinking while undertaking innovative explorations of STEM concepts using modern scientific practices.

    What’s in a workshop? Interactive instruction from an experienced Computer Science in Science facilitators including an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, curriculum overview, and practice with the StarLogo Nova programming environment. Curriculum Features: Online programming environment that uses a visual block-based language; Daily instructional lesson plans for teachers, videos, and supplemental extension resources • Modular design allows for a range of classroom implementation time (10-25 hours); Aligns to

    national science (NGSS) and computer science (CSTA) standards The CS in Science Modules: Module 1: Introduction to Modeling and Simulation - Learn the basic concepts in modeling

    complex systems through hands-on activities and participatory simulations Module 2: Water as a Shared Resource - Investigate the importance of groundwater and the impacts of water usage on aquifer levels Module 3: Ecosystems as Complex Systems - Explore a simple

    predator-prey model to consider who eats whom—and what happens when one population grows faster than another. Module 4: Chemical Reactions - Study chemical reactions: the conditions under which they occur, the evidence, limiting reactants versus reactants in excess, and when chemical reactions stop. 96% of survey respondents recommend the Project GUTS CS in Science workshop to other teachers.


    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here



    Who: Grades 6-10

    When: June 17-21

    What: CSDiscoveries

    Computer Science Discoveries is appropriate for 6 - 10th grade students and can b


    e taught as a semester or year long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.

    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here


    Who: Grades K-3

    When: June 18-19

    OR

    June 20-21, 2019

    What: Scratch

    Join us for four days of Scratch coding immersion, no prior coding skills required! We will start with the basics on how to teach Scratch to your K-3 students and build up to project ideas and content connection. You will walk away with an interactive digital story about yourself, a functioning video game that you built, and specific plans on how to implement Scratch into your classroom.


    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here


    Who: Grades 9-12

    When: June 17-21, 2019

    What: Oracle Academy - Java Fundamentals

    Oracle Academy courses are designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas of computer science that are universally in high demand across computing jobs and are recommended for use in secondary schools, technical and vocational schools and colleges, and 2- and 4-year colleges and universities.

    This course of study engages students with little or no programming experience. Students are introduced to object-oriented concepts, terminology, and syntax, and the steps required to create basic Java programs using hands-on, engaging activities. Students will learn to program 3-D animations, develop 2-D games and create Java applications.


    Anticipated Cost: $30 for CSTA+ Members,
    $50 for Non-CSTA+ Members. Initial Registration Here



Apply for a Grant to attend CSTA Annual Conference 2019

We’re excited to announce scholarship applications are now open for the 2019 CSTA Annual Conference. Scholarships are available to help offset registration and travel costs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first round of applications due Jan. 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. EST. These scholarships are made possible by private foundations and corporations who are dedicated to the development of computer science educators. Please share information about conference scholarships at your local events and on your website and social media channels.

2019 Arizona ArcGIS Online Student Competition

Across the U.S., and here in Arizona, students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products using ArcGIS Online. Esri, the nation’s leader in GIS software and the creator of ArcGIS Online, is holding a national competition for U.S. students in grades 4-12 that will honor those students who can effectively create and share information about their home states. The winners of the state level of the competition will earn $100 and be submitted to the national competition. National winners will win a trip to the 2019 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA in July of 2019.

The Basics of the State Level Competition

One adult sponsor registers his or her school/organization https://goo.gl/forms/0tsXp4tM5pxFrDBq1

  • School/organization promotes the competition and supports participants in the creation of story maps or web apps that:
    • Answer an Arizona-based question
    • Propose a solution to an Arizona-based problem, or
    • Address an Arizona-based issue.

  • School/organization collects and judges the maps/apps (if there are more than 5 entries) before May 3, 2019
  • School/organization submits up to 5 entries to the Arizona competition by May 3, 2019 https://gis.azgeo.az.gov/agic/arcgis-online-school-competition
  • AZ judges select the top 5 HS and top 5 MS (grades 4-8) entries, award $100 to each winning entry, and enter the 10 state-level winners in the Esri national competition

Find out more at https://gis.azgeo.az.gov/agic/arcgis-online-school-competition

Counselors for Computing C4C Coming to AZ

Mark the date - C4C is coming to AZ June 17, 2019 to deliver one full day of PD for school counselors.

NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Download the one-page information sheet to learn how C4C offers counselors with professional development.

CSforAZ

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