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]

GoPiGo complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car

Dexter Industries builds robot kits to make learning how to program interesting and accessible to everyone!

We offer FREE 60-day TEACHER TRIAL kits. Learn more here: www.dexterindustries.com/DexterEd

Announcing our newest curriculum, GoBoxEd (www.dexterindustries.com/GoBox-Ed), which comes with 12 “missions” to accomplish with your GoPiGo robot car.

The GoPiGo (www.dexterindustries.com/GoPiGo) is a complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car. GoPiGo can be programmed in beginner languages like Scratch (Check out GoBoxEd), but is also used by advanced engineers at Google who developed the Google Cloud Vision API (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eve8DkkVdhI).

BrickPi replaces the brain (EV3/NXT) of LEGO MINDSTORMS with the Raspberry Pi so you can untether it from the cable, connect it to the internet, and program in Scratch, Java, C++, Python and more! www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi

GrovePi is our “Internet of Things” kit. Used by Amazon Web Services to develop a neat beverage tracking app, and by elementary schools to make their own weather station and plant monitoring station. www.dexterindustries.com/GrovePi

Questions? Please contact:

Elizabeth Kiken

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.

Robotics and Coding Grants

Dash & Dot by Wonder Workshop are the most fun way to bring STEM and coding to life for students in grades 1-6. Register to start a club before July 10 for a chance to win:

1) $10,000 grant for your district
2) Dash & Dot robotics set for your class
3) T-shirts for you and your students

Register here: https://clubs.makewonder.com/

What is the Wonder League?

The Wonder League inspires the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Students in Grades 1-6 compete every year in the worldwide Wonder League Robotics Competition, the first of its kind for elementary school students. Last year, thousands of teams came together to code for gold.

You can make a difference by starting a movement in your school today. No experience required!

Learn more about the Wonder League: http://clubs.makewonder.com/

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

Cyber Security Opportunity/Grant

Professor Chris Simpson of National University is looking for a teacher group to be involved with a possible NSF grant in Cyber Security.

“We are looking for 25 teachers with some technical skills to be a core group to provide inputs to help develop the material (I.e. How they teach, what types of tools they need etc) and then teach it. We plan on holding four two day institutes a year to collect information and teach the teachers. We’ll also have some longer training sessions in years 2 and 3. Ongoing collaboration throughout the year would be required. We are budgeting stipends to support teacher participation. Teachers would be trained and given access to the material. We plan on making the material easily available even for those that aren’t in the program.”

(1) Identifying teacher participants and schools, especially those in underserved communities.
(2) If there is interest, it would be great to have someone from a district with a leadership role in the grant (CO-PI, Senior advisor, etc.)

Besides being a professor at National University, Chris runs his own Cyber Security company and has worked with us regularly here at the San Diego CSTA. If you would like more information, please contact Chris.

Chris Simpson
Tel: 619.865.7294
Email: chris@brightmoonsecurity.com
Website: http://brightmoonsecurity.com