CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

February 2022
Save The Date: Arizona CSPD Week Returns!
Arizona is proud to announce the return of CSPD Week! Hundreds of Arizona K-12 teachers will come together from June 20th - June 24th, 2022 to learn, network, create community, and continue to expand high-quality, inclusive, and rigorous Computer Science education for all K-12 students across the state of Arizona.
CSTA-Arizona Community Calls
We host monthly community calls for teachers to meet other computer science educators in Arizona, learn about opportunities in their area, and develop their own CS skills and pedagogy.  Thank you to everyone who attended our February community call - A recording of the call and the slides are available here!
Our next community call is March 1st, 2022 focusing on resources and strategies for K-8 Educators.
CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
Looking for Community Call Presenters!
Attention Arizona Teachers! We're looking for educators who are interested in presenting at our monthly CSTA-Arizona Community Calls. We'd like to highlight resources, lessons, or teaching strategies that have been effective for teaching computer science to K-12 students in Arizona. Teachers can present for up to 40 minutes, including time to explore resources or participate in an activity or a Q&A. CSTA-Arizona will also provide $50-100 stipends to any teachers who present at a community call depending on the type of session offered.
For more information or if you have any questions, please reach out to cstarizona@gmail.com. If you already have a session in mind, click here to fill out a form and submit your session!
Tucson Meetup with U of A CS Department
Join CSTA-Arizona and the University of Arizona CS Department for an afternoon of pizza on us! Join us on the outdoor patio at Transplant Pizza from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Meet other CS Educators in Tucson and learn about CS opportunities in Tucson! Click here to RSVP!
ADE Computer Science Newsletter
The Arizona Dept of Education Standards Division now has a monthly Computer Science newsletter! Click here to view February's newsletter.
You can sign up to receive future newsletters by clicking here to fill out a form.
Free Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop in Show Low, AZ
The Arizona Science Center and Code.org are hosting a free CS Fundamentals workshop for K-5 teachers in Show Low, Arizona at the Sequoia Village School on Friday February 18th. Any elementary teachers in the region interested in computer science are welcome to attend! You can view more information and register by clicking here.
Girls Who Code Free Summer Programs
Girls Who Code invites current high school students who identify as girls or non-binary to apply to join  us this summer for our free programs:
  • Our 2-week, introductory Summer Immersion Program (SIP) hosts current 9th-11th graders in live, virtual classrooms led by industry-leading companies like EA, Pfizer, and ViacomCBS. Students learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while getting an inside look into the tech industry. Plus, all SIP students can apply for grants up to $500.
  • Our Self-Paced Program offers independent study and real-world projects for current 9th-12th graders to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity.
With one quick application, we’ll recommend the best opportunity for students’ needs. They can  apply to one or all  of our programs with the same form!
Plus, participants can access exclusive alumni benefits and career support for life, including our pre-internship programs, Hiring Summit, virtual mentoring, and GWC Talks webinars for career tips and strategies.
Programs are available June 17 - August 12. Learn more  on our website  or in a webinar, and tell students to  apply here as soon as possible ! Students get priority consideration when they apply by  February 16, 2022 . Regular-decision applications are due by  March 18, 2022 .
For Girls, By Girls
For Girls, By Girls aims to lift girls' and young women's voices to show them that CS and tech are accessible no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their passions are. We invite ALL girls to chat with Nyla and Tera to discuss the intersectionality of computer science with design, fashion, music, art, and how to use CS for Good.
National Governors Association Initiative to Expand Computer Science
This week, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his Governors’ Compact as part of the initiative for computer science in his role as chairman of the National Governors Association.
The initiative, an effort for all governors to make computer science a key part of their state education policy and system, supports the five goals for the Chairman’s Initiative:
  • To increase the number of high schools offering computer science classes
  • To increase the number of Governors who are members of Governors for CS
  • To increase the amount of state funding for computer science education
  • To increase the number of states requiring at least one computer science credit for high school graduation
  • To increase the diversity of students participating in computer science education
One member of this initiative is Arizona governor Doug Ducey - here’s a clip of Governor Ducey talking about Computer Science from 2021

Want to help? Take action today and ask your governor to commit to the initiative here.
Arizona Science and Engineering Fairs
Arizona Science Center oversees the state-level Science and Engineering Fair. AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county, and regional science fairs across Arizona to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships. AzSEF is scheduled for March 28 - April 2, 2022. The fair is being held virtually again this year as we continue to maneuver through the pandemic. We are currently seeking judges for all divisions, but are in particular need of judges at the senior division level. Click here to view a flyer about judging opportunities
Upcoming Events
CSTA-Arizona Tucson Meet-Up - February 2022
Transplant Pizza
Feb 10, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop
Arizona Science Center
Feb 11, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CS Across the Curriculum Summit
Feb 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Empowering Sisterhood in CS
Feb 23, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CSTA-Arizona Community Call - March 2022
Mar 01, 2022
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Equitable CS Practices
Mar 14, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop
Arizona Science Center
Mar 19, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CSTA-Arizona Community Call - April 2022
Apr 05, 2022
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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