CSforAZ News

Issue 13: February 2019

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NCWIT AspireIT

NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls technology fundamentals and are supported by Partner Organizations from the NCWIT community.

Learn what it means to be an AspireIT Partner Organization and how to apply for funding to support Summer 2019 programs at www.aspirations.org/aspireit. Applications are due by March 15, 2019.

AspireIT is also currently looking for volunteers to review applications. Register online to get started.

Questions? Contact the team at AspireIT@ncwit.org.

CSEdResearch Site Launches

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Computer Science Education Repository provides links to research-backed activities for:

  • Teaching K-12 students formally in school and informally at camps, after-school, or during CS Education Week, and
  • Planning and conducting professional development of K-12 teachers.

This repository has also been designed for researchers exploring the effectiveness of these formal and informal activities.

What is your curation process?

The curation process for this site includes organizing, evaluating, and parsing papers and evaluation instruments using a methodology defined by its authors. The curated articles come from a variety of targeted journals and conferences, and each article has been analyzed to identify its primary research questions, data that was collected as part of the study, the activities that were evaluated, and more. A team of five people has been actively identifying and analyzing the articles, and each article goes through two reviews.

What’s included in this repository?

We seeded the repository by curating data from articles related to K-12 CS education from each of the following ten journals (2012-2018):

  • ACM International Computing Education Research
  • ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
  • ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
  • ACM Transactions on Computing Education
  • Frontiers in Education
  • IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
  • IEEE Transactions on Education
  • Journal of Educational Computing Research
  • Koli Calling
  • Taylor & Francis’ Computer Science Education

We will continue to add to this collection.

Cybersecurity Fellowship for HS Students

Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Fellowship Applications are now open for high school students. They can apply online

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 - Round 3 Deadline March 15

CSTA is excited to announce the opening of Conference Scholarships for the 2019 CSTA Annual Conference! The CSTA conference is the leading conference for K-12 educators to learn, network and develop a community of practice. Whether you are a first-time or returning attendee, don’t miss out on this opportunity.


Scholarships applicants will be considered for an award to cover conference registration, workshop registration, hotel accommodations, and/or airfare. This year we’ve streamlined the process so there is a single application and scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.


2019 Scholarship Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Jan. 31, 2019, 5 p.m. EST

Round 2: Feb. 22, 2019, 5 p.m. EST

Round 3: March 15, 2019, 5 p.m. EST


APPLY TODAY

Ready, set, code!

Ready, set, code! Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free, two-day training program that helps educators jump start their digital making journey. You’ll learn how to bring coding to life and get hands-on with the Raspberry Pi computer. Picademy is for all educators, including classroom teachers, librarians, technology coaches, after-school and community educators, and beyond. No experience with computer science or coding is required.

After graduating from Picademy, attendees become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join an active network of educators around the world. They also gain access to high-quality educational resources as well as additional professional development opportunities within our network. Learn more and apply now: https://www.raspberrypi.org/training/picademy/picademyna/

CSforAll Teachers

Check out the upcoming events here!

Join CS for All Teachers for a Twitter chat! From Monday (02/25/19) through Friday (03/01/19), our community ambassador, Linda Sweeting (Twitter Handle: @lmsweeting) will be moderating a Twitter discussion on the New York Times article, "How Makers Make Classrooms Inclusive," and the reality in our schools. Click here to access the article. All are welcome to participate! This will be a slow chat so you can participate a little everyday. We will be using these hashtags #CSforAllTeeachers and #makerspace to keep the conversation connected. The attached flyer has Linda's Twitter account and hashtags for the chat as well.

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.