Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. Click here to learn more about CSEdWeek
 
CSTA-Arizona and the SciTech Institute are expanding this event to offer workshops and resources for both students & teachers to participate in throughout December. Check back here often to see the most up-to-date list of resources & events during this month.

Workshops & Events for Students

Check the gallery of events below for virtual activities you & your students can participate in as part of CS Education Month. Teachers who support class participation in a CSEd Week event could be eligible for prizes - see below for details!

Daily Themed Activities

We've curated a list of activities students & classrooms can participate in based on daily themes.
If you have an activity you'd like to contribute to this list, please fill out this form
Workshops & Events

Teacher Summit

We are hosting a 1-day teacher summit to help support teachers who would like to offer a Computer Science or Computational Thinking activity as part of their classroom in December. Teachers from all backgrounds are welcome, even if this may be your first time introducing computer science to your classrooms. 
 

Raffles & Prizes!

Any teacher who
(1) Attends our teacher summit
(2) Uses social media to post about their class participating in a CSEd Week activity 
 
Will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon Gift card. We have 30 gift cards available for teachers. Big thanks to Mister Car Wash for sponsoring this opportunity!
 
CSTA-AZ News & Events

Here's how you can find out more and participate:

  • Visit the CSEdWeek Website for posters, lessons, and activities. Learn more about CS Heroes and choose from a variety of classroom activities to introduce students to these heroes of CS.
  • Run an Hour of Code! Search the Hour of Code Activities Page for different activities or events you can run with your students. Examples include Dance Party: AI Edition, Generation AI with Minecraft, and others!
  • Attend a Byte-Sized PD with the AZ Department of Education! Each day this week has a half-hour session on different topics!
  • For educators: attend a webinar from the Kapor Center during CSEdWeek on the societal impacts of computing. Speakers include Dr. Safiya Noble (author of "Algorithms of Oppression"), Dr Timnit Gebru (director of the Distributed AI Research Institute), and Dr Kamau Bobb (Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing) - and more!
With the release of the State of Computer Science National Report from Code.org, CSTA, and ECEP, data is available on how Computer Science is being implemented in Arizona. According to the report, Arizona is 46th in the nation for the percentage of high schools offering Computer Science in their state and for the schools that do offer, these classes are very male dominated (78% male). However, the report also highlights opportunities for improvement, such as creating a State Plan for Computer Science. Click here to read the Arizona specific fact-sheet
 
Based on the report, several CSTA-Arizona members were interviewed for an article from the Arizona Republic titled "'Dismal': Arizona near bottom in computer science education. What can be done?". The article highlights the problems and opportunities for Computer Science in Arizona through the lens of several classroom educators - shoutout to CSTA-Arizona board members Leon Tynes and Bhawna Verma for their perspectives in the article.
CSTA-Arizona meetups have started again for the 2023-2024 school year! Check our events page to see the full schedule, or register for one of the events coming soon!
We've also added several partner events and virtual events to our CSTA-Arizona events page. Check out all of the ways to get connected to CS Education in Arizona and expand your own CS knowledge!

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with ADE!

Attend a series of 30 minute "Byte-Sized PD" to celebrate CS Education Week! Each webinar is from 4:30pm-5:00pm.
 
  • Monday December 4th: CS Resources and PD with Arizona Science Center. Register Here
  • Tuesday December 5th: The Importance of Teaching About AI. Register Here
  • Wednesday December 6th: Safe and Responsible AI with PV Schools. Register Here
  • Thursday December 7th: K-6 Computer Science with Tara Menghini. Register Here
  • Friday December 8th: Code.org CS Fundamentals Deep Dive at Arizona Science Center
Questions? Contact Alecia Henderson, CS & EdTech Specialist - Alecia.Henderson@azed.gov
Are you a Native American teacher who works with Native American students? Interested in learning about how to introduce your students to computer science?
 
Join us for a workshop for 3rd-5th grade teachers. You will join teachers from Flagstaff Unified School District in a knowledge exchange aimed at enhancing and creating computer science curriculum that is culturally responsive to Native American students. At the end of the workshop series, you will have developed a 30-60 minute computer science  lesson for your students that is aligned with CSTA learning standards for grades 3-5. Participants will receive a complimentary CSTA+ membership and a stipend!
 

Inspire Coders of Tomorrow with Free Clubs Today. Girls Who Code Clubs for 3rd -12th graders:

  • Are completely free for students and schools.
  • Are split into two models, a book club model with computational thinking concepts for 3rd-5th graders and a coding club model for 6th-12th graders.
  • Are Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards-aligned.
  • Do NOT require any prior coding experience by the students or the facilitator.
  • Create a girls-supportive environment that welcomes students of any gender.
  • Provide a flexible curriculum with training and resources from our team.

Clubs really helped create a special place for my members to gain confidence and explore a new skill in a safe and supportive environment.  - Soni B., Clubs Facilitator

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Professional Development Funding

Schools & Districts bringing new Computer Science course offerings within the next 2 years are eligible to apply for the Department of Education CSPD Fund. These funds can be used exclusively for professional development, including supporting teachers to attend future Computer Science professional development.
 

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Computer Science Endorsement

Professional Development credits are eligible to count for the Arizona Computer Science Endorsement, which can be used to certify a teacher as qualified to teach Computer Science

K-8 Endorsement

6-12 Endorsement

Credit Hour Justification Sheet

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