Swift/iOS AP Computer Science Principles

Make School is currently in the process of creating a free curriculum for next year’s AP Computer Science Principles course that teaches iPhone Development. We’ve named the course “Swift CSP.” Swift CSP is project-based, exploratory, and makes use of Swift Playgrounds to teach core CS concepts in a visual, gamified way.
  • We’ll cover the Seven “Big Ideas” through videos from our Make School Speaker Series. We’re leveraging our partners and contacts here in Silicon Valley to create content that students will find interesting and relevant. We currently have verbal commitments from people such as Head of Photography at Pixar, Craig Newmark (of Craigslist), and the UN’s Director of VR Filmmaking.
  • By the end of the course, your students will have made a great mobile app for submission to College Board that is also ready to be submitted to the App Store! We’ve found students get very excited about iOS development–high schoolers love the idea of creating an iPhone app that their peers can download and use. This content will make it easy for teachers to recruit students to AP CSP–especially female students, and underserved minorities.
  • We’ll be providing teachers who use our curriculum with a pre-made curriculum map, unit plans, and lesson plans. We understand how much time paperwork takes up–our goal is to simplify this for our teachers, so that you can spend more time working with your students!
  • We’ll be running an optional 3-day teacher workshop over the summer in San Francisco, CA to train teachers on how best to use our curriculum.
There is no “freemium” content, etc. We want to help support high school CS teachers.
If you’re interested in using our curriculum or have any questions, you can contact our Swift CSP team (Nicolai Safai, Dion Larson and Mike Kane) at swiftcsp@makeschool.com.
Also, if you already have iOS experience, we’re hiring Summer iOS Instructors and we pay $16.5-20k for 11 weeks. Apply here: www.makeschool.com/jobs/ios-summer-instructor.

Cutler-Bell Prize Applications

The Assoc. Comp. Mach. and CSTA are excited to announce the opening of the 2016 Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing contest. Applications will be accepted May 1 – November 1.

This prize seeks to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.

Up to four winners will be selected to be awarded a $10,000 prize. The prizes will be funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell.

Eligible applicants for the award will include graduating high school seniors residing and attending school in the US. Challenges for the award will focus on developing an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will look for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline.

The application is NOW available and will close on November 1, 2016. Winners are expected to be announced in January of 2017.

Please share this exciting announcement with your fellow teachers and your students!

Questions regarding this email? Contact awards@csta-hq.org

Oracle Academy Grants

Oracle Academy’s ongoing commitment to serving underrepresented students has funded a scholarship to endow 14 MESA teachers to attend the 2016 CSTA Conference in July. MESA prepares educationally disadvantaged students to prepare for, pursue and graduate from four-year colleges and universities with a STEM degree. MESA currently serves 25,000 underserved students in California. In support of the White House’s Computer Science for All initiative Oracle Academy has donated scholarships to support MESA teachers committed to increasing computer science literacy in underserved student populations.

The teacher awardees will be chosen from MESA schools throughout California and participated in JAVA training we offer in the summer. Our commitment to MESA provides teachers with the skills to teach computer science and support underrepresented students compete in MESA ALICE and Greenfoot competitions.

MESA teacher applications are still being accepted, please contact Juanita Muñiz-Torres at Juanita.Muniz-Torres@ucop.edu for questions.

Robot Programming Competition

High school students are invited to participate in a regional computing competition!

RobotProgrammingCompetition Attached you will find a flyer containing event details for this upcoming free Robot Programming Competition.  To gain an understanding of what software the students will be utilizing to program the robot to move, you can watch video tutorials via the following link:  https://community.aldebaran.com/en/content/nao-robot-course

This a team competition, and each team is comprised of two individuals. They will have to apply to participate in this event as a team. There will be a pizza lunch for everyone as well as prizes for the top placing teams. These students are responsible for getting to and from the competition. There is paid parking as well as accessible public transportation.

Get the word out to your students immediately so they don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Finally, we would like to thank our partners who have greatly helped bring this event concept to fruition: Gail Lake, Program Specialist at SDUSD CTE, CoriAnne Burgess and Scottie Lee, Computer Science Principles Teachers, Rose LaMuraglia, Deputy Sector Navigator for ICT and Dean at San Diego City College, and SB1070 CTE Regional Pathways.

Best regards,

Flora Barron | Education Manager Central San Diego
Junior Achievement of San Diego County
4756 Mission Gorge Place | San Diego, CA 92120
Direct 619.906.4910 | Office 619.682.5155 ext. 110 | F 619.682.5159 | fbarron@jasandiego.org