Computer Science Content Standards Development

The CDE, Instructional Quality Commission, and State Board of Education (SBE) are commencing the process for developing new California computer science content standards. Per California Education Code. Section 60605.4, “on or before July 31, 2019, the Instructional Quality Commission shall consider developing and recommending to the SBE computer science content standards for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, pursuant to recommendations developed by a group of computer science experts.”

Information and updates concerning the development of computer science content standards for California public schools will be posted here.

Focus Groups

The CDE will convene three focus group meetings to provide input on guidelines that will be utilized by a group of computer science experts who will be tasked to develop the new standards. The meetings are open to the public.

Bebras Challenge: Nov 7 – 18

A year has passed and it is almost time for a brand new Bebras Challenge. As of today you can register for this one-hour adventure that introduces your students to computational thinking and informatics! Join over a million students from all over the world and discover aptitude by engaging in fun puzzles. Last year we had almost 40,000 participants from all across the USA.
Your students can participate on any day between November 7-18 at
http://challenge.bebraschallenge.org .
It is the first year that the younger students can join as well: students with ages 8 to 18 are welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. Your students will try to solve 15 tasks online that are linked to a field of computational thinking. The challenge is a great motivational way to reach your students.
Let’s work together on getting even more students to take part. Registration takes only minutes of your time. After the challenge we provide comprehensive answer sheets to support you and your students. Each participant receives a personal certificate, with special certificates of achievement for high performers.
Teachers can register as a coordinator at http://challenge.bebraschallenge.org/admin/.
If you have questions, please send an email to Daphne Blokhuis:
daphne@bebraschallenge.org

UCSD Mentor Assistance Program [MAP] for HS Students

The UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center and the UCSD School of Medicine Health Sciences Division Present the Mentor Assistance Program (MAP) for High School Students 
November 2016 – May 2017   Student Application Period: September 1- 30, 2016
Program Overview 

UC San Diego’s Mentor Assistance Program (MAP) is a campus-wide program that engage high school students in a mentoring relationship with an expert from a vast array of disciplines, from History, Marine Physical Sciences and Nanoengineering to Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Athletics and Chemistry.  MAP’s mission is to provide a pathway for student researchers to gain access to UCSD faculty, postdoctoral fellow and staff mentors in their own area of interest to complete a research project (i.e. independent study, class projects or Science Fair projects).  Students may choose to communicate with a mentor over email or may indicate their interest to visit the mentor’s lab or work environment. MAP is an opportunity for students to take the first step into a potential career path, allowing them to build an early foundation for success in their academic and research career. 

UCSD’s MAP has received astounding support from the UCSD campus and community and we welcome all students with open arms, including underserved populations, women and those with disabilities.  As such, UCSD will provide a San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Compass Card to all accepted students who have transportation concerns.
Further Program and Application Information 
For complete information about the MAP program and to access the online student application, please visit http://education.sdsc.edu/studenttech/?page_id=879. BEFORE beginning the student application, please read all relevant information on the MAP webpage.
Guidance and Answers at Your Fingertips
 
Ange Mason of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (amason@ucsd.edu, x45064) and Kellie Church of the School of Medicine (kbchurch@ucsd.edu; x40308) are available to provide guidance and answer any questions you might have. Just ask!