CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

Fall 2021
CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
National Summit for K-5 Computer Science Education
Attention All Arizona K-5 principals, superintendents, district curriculum leads, and STEM/computer science (CS) advocates! Please join us on September 22 at 12:00pm PT for a one-hour online event called CSK5, the First National Summit for K-5 Computer Science Education. The theme is Every School Can. The first, 30 minutes will be guidance and specific resources from five top national organizations in CS education. Then, our 30-minute Arizona Breakout Session will feature specific state programs and assets for your school(s), including the Arizona Science Teachers Association-AZ Chapter, The Arizona Science Center, and sharing from Gilbert Public Schools Sign Up Now, then please spread the word to colleagues and staff!  See our Arizona Breakout Page and the CSK5 Flyer for more details, and we’ll see you at CSK5 and our Breakout Session Sept 22.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 17,000 students have received an Award for AiC. Click here to learn more about the award and how students can apply.

Girls Who Code Open House
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. By becoming a club member, you'll learn the Core4 computer science concepts that form the basis for all computer programming languages, all while building a supportive sisterhood of peers and mentors dedicated to fostering the success of women in tech. The GWC curriculum and club experience is most accessible to girls in grades 6-12.
Are you interested in learning more about the University of Arizona Girls Who Code Club? Join us at 11am on September 18 for an open house and information session for girls and parents/guardians to learn more about the club and ask questions. The open house will be both in person in the UA Main Library and virtual via Zoom.  Fill out the form HERE to register to attend and receive more information.  Email Vanessa at VanessaCampbell@email.arizona.edu with questions.
Cultivating Communities of Learners Summit
The Cultivating Communities of Learners Summit will be an opportunity for K-12 CS educators to create a culture of interconnected learners.

By attending this summit, you’ll gain a new understanding of: 

  • Value in group success that amplifies varied perspectives, abilities, approaches, and solutions
  • Expanded collaboration not only in the classroom, but throughout the CSTA community
  • Effective & inclusive CS teaching