CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

February 2020

Get Connected To Regional CSTA-AZ Events!

There are several regional CSTA-AZ Events happening in February - these are great opportunities to get connected with more Computer Science educators and build a strong computer science community!
CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
Start a Girls Go Cyberstart Club!

Do you know a school in your community that could benefit from a free, fun cyber program?

High school girls are discovering their talent for cybersecurity and computer science with the Girls Go CyberStart competition.  Made up of a series of digital challenges, Girl Go CyberStart empowers girls to work together to become the next leaders in cybersecurity and help protect the web. Boys can also discover their interest and learn with CyberStart Game. Clubs that have five girls who solve 5 challenges will qualify for Stage 2 Game and will earn additional non-competition Game licenses for boys or other girls in their school so everyone in the classroom can learn ethical hacking, programming and forensics for free!

Registration is open until February 14th so students and teachers, register now and start playing today! There are cash prizes for girls and schools, don’t miss out!  https://www.girlsgocyberstart.org  

Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary CS Initiative
BootUp Teams with Amazon Future Engineer to Bring Computer Science to More Than 1,000 Elementary Schools
Accepting Applications from Schools Districts to be Part of the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship funds BootUp’s ongoing, onsite professional development to elementary teachers. BootUp prepares teachers to facilitate open-ended coding projects in the free platforms Scratch and ScratchJr. Teachers learn how to engage students to create and share interactive stories, animations, games, art, music, and more through problem-solving and other fundamental computer science practices. BootUp programs require no prior coding experience and include a free, interest-driven curricula with more than 70 classroom projects.
APPLY TODAY at www.afebootup.smapply.org.  
New CS Educator Courses at ASU
In response to the new Arizona CS education endorsement, Arizona State University is offering an online 7 week, 3 credit course “Introduction to Computer Science for Educators.” The course is now open for enrollment for spring semester 2020, Session B (the class starts March 16). As an introductory course, it is great for educators who are new to CS education, and for teachers seeking course credit toward the CS endorsement. Click Here for a Link to the Course Flyer