CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

October 2019
We will be hosting our CSTA-Arizona Fall Summit on November 2nd in Prescott, AZ in partnership with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA). The event will feature several breakout sessions for teachers across all grade levels. A travel stipend will be provided for teachers who attend. Carpool planning information is now available on the event website. More information will be available soon, but you can already register & reserve your space in the link below.

CSTA-Arizona Board Elections

Interested in becoming more involved with CSTA-Arizona? Consider running for a CSTA-Arizona Board seat. Nominations have been extended to October 10th - please consider nominating either yourself or a colleague who is interested in building the computer science community in Arizona.
If you are interested but not sure what being a board member entails, please email us at cstarizona@gmail.com with any questions or ask about 'auditing' our next board meeting.
CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
October Community Updates
Updates from the Computer Science community in Arizona from our September 24th Community Call:
  • AzTEA Fall Conference
  • Elementary Professional Development
  • Dept of Education Webinars
  • Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshops
  • Native American Code Writers Program
  • iKidsCode Day of Learning
  • ASTA Fall Conference
Click 'Read More' to see information about each of these programs
CSEdCon & State of Computer Science
Code.org, CSforAll, and CSTA convened over 400 regional and international partners, policymakers, and district representatives for the first ever Global CS Education Conference (CSEdCon). Representatives from CSTA-Arizona, the Arizona Department of Education, and several districts across Arizona including Yuma and Prescott attended this event. The 2019 State of Computer Science Report was also released at this event - here's the progress Arizona has made in Computer Science Education
Award for Aspirations in Computing for HS Students

NCWIT is pleased to announce that the Award for Aspirations in Computing is now accepting high school students’ applications! Help us spread the word to your students and grow this amazing community for women in tech!

Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are several resources to share with students connecting students with Hispanic heritage to Computer Science & other STEM fields.
  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in five categories: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering. Recipients are selected in each category and receive a grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue. Application deadline is December 6th, 2020. 
  • CSforSF Cultural Heritage Resources - Posters, Lessons, Videos, & other resources showing Latinx influencers in Computer Science
  • Latina Girls Code: Provides technology exposure and resources for Latinas ages 7-17.
  • Latinas in STEM: Spreads awareness about STEM and encourages middle and high school Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to consider pursuing a STEM career.
  • SHPE Jr. Chapters: The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) program provides high school students with opportunities to participate in hands-on STEM activities, receive mentorship, and experience STEM firsthand at a participating local university or museum.
  • TECHNOLOchicas: Designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology.
American Computer Science League
The American Computer Science League (ACSL) has sponsored computer science
contests since 1978.  The contests are divided into divisions (Senior,
Intermediate, Junior, Classroom and Elementary) to appeal to a wide range of
student experience.  The Senior, Intermediate and Junior Divisions include
computer science topics and coding.  The Classroom and Elementary Divisions
do not require coding. ACSL is offering its 2018-19 contest question/solution set to CSTA teachers
who register for the first time.