Computer Science Collaboration Project
September 2014

The vision of the Computer Science Collaboration Project is to efficiently increase participation of underrepresented groups in computer science opportunities and activities by effectively building collaborations between K-12, community-based organizations, higher education and industry. 

Project Update 

CSTA Conference 2014
Collaboration Networking
CSCP at 2014 CSTA Annual Conference
Kate Goddard (EdLab Group) and Lynn Reha (Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support and CSCP mini-grantee) presented to teachers from across the country at the 2014 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference in St. Charles, IL. During the workshop, Kate and Lynn shared current research on how collaboration can strengthen the capacity of organizations and illustrated the effectiveness of collaboration in engaging underrepresented youth in computer science with the SMARTer Boards mini-grant project example. Attendees also had an opportunity to practice their collaboration skills through activities, including Collaboration Networking, where they were invited to think about ways to leverage shared resources in the room.

Computer Science Events

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Grace Hopper Celebration Logo Phoenix, AZ
October 8-11, 2014
This year's theme "Everywhere. Everyone." will focus on emerging trends in technology and perennially important technology areas.
Register: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1438441

International Women's Hackathon
University Campuses Worldwide & Grace Hopper Celebration in Phoenix, AZ
October 11, 2014
The International Women's Hackathon is a network of concurrent events designed to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today.
Register: https://surveys.research.microsoft.com/s3/International-Women-Hackathon

International STEM Education Conference

Branson, MO
October 12-14, 2014
At this conference engage in hands-on workshops, seminars, and presentations and learn best teaching practices and concepts for the effective delivery of STEM curriculum models.
Register: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1573111

Computer Science Education Week
December 8-14, 2014
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is the annual awareness program for computer science education. Organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, it is a call to action to raise awareness (particularly in the K-12 environment) about the importance of computer science education and its connection to careers in computing and other fields.  

Join: http://www.csedweek.org 

 

The Hour of Code
December 8-14, 2014
Code LogoThe Hour of Code campaign aims to demystify computer science for students across the country by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged. Code.org will offer online tutorials (available in 30 languages) authored by numerous educational groups and is challenging teachers, parents, and even employers to encourage students of all ages to engage during Computer Science Education Week.
Join: http://hourofcode.com/us
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Corner
CSTA 2015 Call for Proposals
CSTA Conference Logo The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites you to participate in the 15th Annual CSTA Conference. This event will be held July 13-14, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area).

The CSTA 2015 Program Committee seeks proposal submissions related to the practice of teaching and learning computer science and information technology in K-12. This year, the conference is seeking 3-hour workshops and 1-hour sessions, and 20-minute mini-sessions that focus on pedagogy and best teaching practices. The deadline for proposals is midnight on October 6, 2014. Review of proposals will occur shortly thereafter and notification of a decision will be made around November 15, 2014.

Why present at CSTA 2015? The CSTA annual conference is the only CS conference specifically dedicated to meeting the needs of K-12 computer science educators. Come network with your peers, present your great ideas, and learn best practices. Here is what some 2014 conference attendees had to say about the conference:

"Best session and workshops I've ever attended at CSTA conference"
"First year as CS teacher, and I've heard a number of good ideas that I'm excited to research further and implement, via CSTA"
"Very welcoming presenters, participants and volunteers"
"Excellent conference! Very informative and exciting!"

For information regarding the call for proposals and additional conference details please visit www.cstaconference.org.

 

Resources
Award for Aspirations in Computing
NCWIT Logo The National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Aspirations in Computing offers over 300K in scholarships for young women in computing. Applications are open September 15 - October 31, 2014. Promote the awards by requesting a free poster.
http://www.aspirations.org

2015 Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship Program
Applicants must be full-time, female students, enrolled in their first year of graduate program with an accredited university, with a research focus in Computer Science, Information Science, Mathematics, or Electrical Engineering. Submission deadline: October 17, 2014.
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/fellows-women.aspx

Code.org's Intro to Computer Science Course
This free course aims to demystify computer science and show K-8 students that it's fun, collaborative, and creative. The course is designed to motivate students and educators to continue learning computer science to improve real world relationships, connections, and life.
http://code.org/educate/20hr

CoderDojo
CoderDojo Logo CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs (Dojos). Dojos operate all over the world on a weekly basis, giving young people (ages 7-17) the opportunity to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games, and explore technology.
https://coderdojo.com 

Google RISE Awards
RISE Awards are grants that support organizations across the globe that promote extracurricular Computer Science education for girls, underrepresented minorities, and students who face socio-economic barriers. Application deadline: September 30, 2014.
http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-rise-awards

Northwest Missouri State University Online Workshop Series
Northwest Missouri State University is offering a free, online workshop series, "The Awesome Scratch, Snap! & App Inventor Online Workshop Spectacular!" to help educators teach students cool technologies.
http://tinyurl.com/northwest-k12

Spirit of Innovation Challenge
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for student teams to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability. This competition is open to students ages 13-18 and adults 19-25, worldwide. Teams from afterschool programs and science clubs are encouraged to participate. Registration deadline: October 16, 2014.
http://www.conradchallenge.org/overview-of-program
CSCP Program Directory - Register Your Program Today!

The CSCP Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating underrepresented youth to pursue careers in computer science. 

 

The purpose of the CSCP Program Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on computer science related projects. The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

 

Register your program: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=pd/newprogram 

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