Computing Counselors Event!

UC San Diego’s CREATE, San Diego Unified School District, Sweetwater Unified School District, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology Counselors for Computing program invite middle and high school counselors to:

Get information and resources you can use to set students on a path toward stable, rewarding and flexible computing careers that change the world!

During the program, you will:

  • Try your hand at coding so please bring your laptop or tablet!

  • Learn about career prospects in this fast-growing sector, and why employers want a large and diverse talent pool from which to draw

  • Learn about changes in computer science education, including:

– Local computer science education initiatives that lead to more course offerings
– What new courses are like, and how they count toward graduation and
preparation for postsecondary pathways
– Why computer science is a fundamental literacy, regardless of your students’ plans

  • Meet technology professionals, learn about their jobs and how they found their way into computing

  • Enjoy lunch and receive continuing education credit

Participants successfully completing this professional development day will receive a certificate of completion Questions? Contact

This event is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, Merck, and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

See Flyer. 

RSVP here. 

Plankton and Computational Thinking

Dear CS Educators,

Join us for a workshop that connects marine ecology and computer science—
Plankton and Computational Thinking—led by Dr. Darcy Taniguchi from California State University San Marcos.

Saturday, August 11, 10:00-12:30 pm

See flyer. 

Birch Aquarium at Scripps, second floor conference room

Lunch provided by CS-CaVE (Computer Science: Creating a Village of Educators) at UC San Diego

RSVP required by July 25 (limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis)

At this workshop, educators will engage in “unplugged” hands-on activities that embody computational thinking practices: defining computational problems, using abstraction, and designing algorithms. Content and pedagogy are best suited to middle and high school level.

“Unplugged” computational thinking activities:

  • Build a physical model of plankton (organisms that drift with the ocean currents), focus on abstraction of relevant features, iteration to improve the model, and discussion of data and modeling in engineering.
  • Create a system to classify plankton images, focus on abstraction, decomposition of big problems into smaller chunks, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalization, discussion of computer vision and classification in marine ecology research.

Following each activity, we will look at examples of computer code (for computational modeling and classification of digital images) and discuss adaptation of activities for use in your CS classes.

Co-hosted by San Diego CSTA, CS-CaVE, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps

All participants will receive complimentary admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the day.

For an overview, please see Jeanette Wing’s “Computational Thinking,” the K-12 Computer Science Framework: Practices (pages 67–72), and/or Wikipedia

“Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer—human or machine—can effectively carry out.”[1]

For questions about Plankton and Computational Thinking, please contact Darcy Taniguchi ( For questions about Birch Aquarium at Scripps, please contact Nan Renner (

RSVP by July 25


Our next CSTA meeting!

Thursday,  April 12, 2018

Join us as we continue our CSTA San Diego professional meeting at the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS)!

Mix, mingle and enjoy light appetizers and beverages with San Diego computer science educators, compliments of EIS, CSTA San Diego Chapter, the National Science Foundation and UC San Diego’s CREATE.

We aim to share our best practices, activities, lessons for teaching CS! Experience robot and data science live-demos from our CSTA board members, activity, Google CS First, and a talk from Dr. Beth Simon.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Drinks and networking

5:30-7:00 p.m.: Program

Don’t wait – RSVP today. Space is limited!

Register here:

Blog from CREATE: CSTA Reboots to Support Computer Science Educators

We live in a time of face-recognition iPhones, virtual reality experiences and artificial intelligence. Consider this: In 2011, only 10 percent of San Diego County high schools offered computer science courses to students. Fast forward to 2018, where 40 percent of area high schools have implemented computer science curriculum. To support and promote CS momentum in schools, a group of computer science leaders gathered last month to relaunch the local Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Read more here.

Free Professional Development for High School TeachersExploring Computer Science and the Summer of CS

Exploring Computer Science and the Summer of CS – Free Professional Development for High School Teachers
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the CSforSAC Network are pleased to announce the 2018 Exploring Computer Science (ECS) Summer Institute, which is one of the programs offered during the Summer of CS.  This free, week-long professional development experience will be held at the SCOE Conference Center from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.  Currently, this is the only ECS professional development offering in California, so high school teachers from across the state are encouraged to apply.
The 2018 ECS Summer Institute is the first portion of a comprehensive professional development program that provides support and additional professional learning opportunities throughout the school year.  Teachers that are committed to teach the introductory CS course in the 2018-2019 school year will be invited to participate in four one-day workshops during the school year and reconvene for the 2019 ECS Summer Institute.
Because space is limited, interested teachers should apply by January 31, 2018 to participate in the 2018-2019 Exploring Computer Science Professional Development program at!  
Have questions or would like additional information?  Interested in participating in other Summer of CS opportunities?  Email Jared Amalong, CTE Coordinator, at

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