Univision Network featured Art Lopez!!

On December 17th, our esteemed CSTA president was featured on Univison Network. This was on an hour-long special educational program on STEAM with Satcha Pretto, anchorwoman for “Despierta America”; specifically the importance of Computer Science Education, the commitment and growth of the Computer Science program and AP Computer Science Principles in my district, nationally, regionally, and at Sweetwater High School, on children and underrepresented groups including women and ethnically diverse students.

“It was a great honor and privilege to represent our community, region, and district on this special,” said Art Lopez. View the Facebook Live interview here:

¿Cómo mejorar la comunicación entre padres y maestros? hoy en nuestro Facebook Live, en entrevista con el profesor Art López. Conéctate a nuestra transmisión y envía tus preguntas en los comentarios👇👇👇

Posted by Univision Educación on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code: December 4-10, 2017

Next week is Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code!

Check out these links and sign up!

Bring Computer Science to Your High School!

Code.org is offering high-quality, no-cost professional learning for high school Computer Science Principles this summer through its network of Regional Partners. The signup deadline was just extended to 4/14, so act soon!

Why teach computer science in high school?

  • 90% of parents want their child to learn computer science in school
  • Students rank it their favorite subject after dance and arts
  • This is the top source of all new wages in the US (527,169 job openings nationwide). It’s the future!

No matter your experience or background, you can bring computer science to your school.

Computer Science Principles (Grades 10-12)

Designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming – CS Principles is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. This is an AP course that can be taught as a non-AP course as well.

For further information contact
Vinh Luong
Regional Manager, Southwest

Code.org
vinh@code.org

ThoughtStem’s Ada Lovelace Scholarship

This is a scholarship to celebrate women in computer science. It is named after Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program. She was history’s first computer programmer. The computer programming language “Ada” was named in her honor.

Dev Bootcamp will fund 6 young women in the San Diego area to attend half-day computer science summer camps held at UC San Diego. Camps cover a variety of topics: graphic design, game design, virtual reality, wearable technology, Python, Java, etc. Each of the 6 Ada Lovelace scholars will receive full tuition from Dev Bootcamp to any one afternoon camp offered between June and August.

NOTE: Dev Bootcamp is an 18 week coding program for adult beginners and career changers. It was the first immersive coding school for adults, and has refined the art and science of cultivating developers with in-demand technical and interpersonal skills. The intensive bootcamp helps you master the skills you need to accelerate your career and change your life.

If you want to view the summer camps for young women, click here. And when you’re ready to apply, click below!

APPLY NOW!

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!

UC Davis C-STEM @ Mesa College in San Diego

The C-STEM 1-Week Institute on integrated computing and STEM education provides teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly as well as C-STEM integrated curriculum with interactive computing and robotics for their classroom teaching. The academy is targeted at grades 5 – 12 and community college STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in:

  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
  • Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
  • Working to close the achievement gap
  • Preparing students to be career and college ready
  • Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
  • Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning
  • Programming Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 using C-STEM Software
  • San Diego Mesa College Week inservice [flyer]

Cyber Teacher Certificate Program

The Computer Science Teachers Association, in partnership with LifeJourney, the leader in cybersecurity and STEM online career exploration, recently announced the launch of a strategic professional development program to better equip educators for teaching cybersecurity in the classroom and thus positively impact the nation’s cyber skills gap. The CSTA program is called the Cyber Teacher Certificate professional development program.
“I strongly encourage all educators in our membership to register for and complete the Cyber Teacher Certificate program,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of CSTA. “CSTA suggests that all members should make it a priority for professional development in 2016.”

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing twelve times faster than the overall job market, while at the same time, with student interest in cybersecurity surging, more than 64% of Millennials say their educational institution does not have courses that would allow them to explore their interest in cyber.

The Cyber Teacher PD Certificate Program includes:

  • An online cybersecurity mentorship platform (the NSA Day of Cyber) that teachers run in the classroom, featuring NSA cybersecurity leaders as role models to the the nation’s students.
  • Eight (8) hours of documented Continuing Education Units (CEUs) endorsed by the Computer Science Teachers Association, the recognized leader in offering current and relevant professional development content for computer science teachers.
  • Training and mastery of “Fundamentals of Cyber”, an online course utilizing revolutionary adaptive learning techniques.
  • Ability to easily extend your cybersecurity syllabus beyond the NSA Day Of Cyber classroom experience. Each mentor in the NSA Day Of Cyber is matched with corresponding lesson plans exemplifying the skills necessary for students to pursue the spotlighted careers.
  • Ability to take the instructional Cyber Teacher Journey and see how others are using NSA Day Of Cyber and training materials in the classroom.
  • Membership in the Cyber Teacher Association, the most important new association for educators united in creating the next Cyber Generation. Enjoy membership and collaboration in a community of your cyber educator peers.
The Cyber Teacher Certificate Program is NOW Available for CSTA Members
Members can register for the Cyber Teacher Certificate program here where they can review the program and learn more about it. The fee can be submitted by teachers as a reimbursable expense for professional development per the policies of individual school districts.
The Cyber Teacher Certificate Program is a helpful proof-of-concept for our CPD Pipeline model.  With this type of novel approach to teacher PD we can better support more teachers, further strengthening the overall K-12 CS ecosystem and ensuring better access to quality CS education for all kids.
Read press coverage of CSTA’s launch of the Cyber Teacher Certificate program at this link.
*At this time, this program is only available in the US. An international version will be available later this year and we will advise you when it is available.