CSEd Week: Careers in STEM Panel

December 17th - Careers in STEM Panel (Grades 9+): Computer Science can be a difficult field to navigate, especially when Black and African-American, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in Computer Science and STEM fields. Hear about how the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program supports high school teachers in providing high-quality, inclusive computer science classes and hear from a panel of TEALS Program volunteers about their experiences in Computer Science and STEM Careers, including advice for how to navigate career opportunities and an opportunity for questions and answers from the attendees.
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CSEd Week: Cybersecurity Workshops with GCU Cyber Center of Excellence

Join the GCU Cyber Center of Excellent for three workshops exploring Cybersecurity!
December 4th - Password Cracking (Grades 9+): In this activity, students will learn how to crack password hashes using real-world scenarios via Linux, hashes, hash-identifier, and web resources. Click here to register.
December 11th - Network Forensics (Grades 9+): In this activity, students will take a role as a forensics investigator to catch the criminal “Ann Decover”. Students will build a case against the criminal and her accomplice and catch them before they head out of town by using Linux and a tool called Wireshark. Click here to register.
December 18th - Analyzing Email Headers (Grades 9+): Your emails may be vulnerable to spam, phishing, and other malicious attacks. To know where those attacks come from, you need to learn about email headers. We will take a look at different email header analysis tools and explore why this area is so important. Click here to register.
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CSEd Week: Careers in STEM Panel

Join the SciTech Institute on December 1st for a Careers in STEM Panel featuring the following panelists. Click Here to Register
Eve Danoff  |  American Express  |  Engineering Director
Eve Danoff
As an Engineering Director, Cloud Platform and Product Engineering, Eve leads the development of core Cloud capabilities to enable Application teams to build modern applications. The architecture includes PaaS/IaaS/CICD/Containers (Docker) components in a Hybrid Cloud model and technologies that enable to host modern applications
Haylee Mills  |  Charles Schwab  |  Sr. Staff - Security Engineer
🔥 Haylee Mills 🔥
As a Security Engineer, Haylee develops and matures SIEM content from existing data sources to increase visibility, integrate feedback from and maintain communication with SOC to improve fidelity. She also designs and executes a modern risk-based alerting platform for behavioral detections, with streamlined dashboards and alerts as individual lenses for different teams investigating risk behaviors.
Kate Perkins  |  Intel Corporation  |  IOT Engineering Operations Manager
Kate Perkins, LSS, PMP
As an IOT Engineering Operations Manager, Kate is following her passion of enabling innovative technology at Intel Corporation. She has worked in IT and IOT in a variety of roles, both on the business and technical side of things, often acting as a liaison between the two. She spends the work day on strategic, big picture thinking and quenching her thirst for knowledge.
Bhawna Verma  |  Paradise Valley High School  |  Computer Science Teacher
Bhawna Verma | Paradise Valley High
Bhawna Verma, Computer Science Instructor at Paradise Valley High School and former computer scientist herself who went from working in industry to teaching Network Security, and Software & App Design. Bhawna also runs four CS clubs to encourage students to explore the opportunities in STEM.
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CSEd Week: CodeBytes with Code.org

Planning for the Hour of Code with your classroom that’s gone virtual? Try a CodeByte! Designed to fit smoothly into a distance learning plan, CodeBytes are easy-to-digest, 20 minute interactive lessons that will stream during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-11.
Every episode features a new lesson that blends computer science with real-world topics. One day, students will use Dance Party to get creative and express themselves. Another day, they’ll explore environmental sustainability with Artificial Intelligence.
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CSEd Week: Join a Code Night for All Ages!

Join the Paradise Valley High School CS Honor Society for a Code Night for All Ages on Thursday December 10th! This event is organized & run entirely by the students of the PVHS CS Honor Society! Click Here to Register!
Breakout Sessions Include:
  • Block Coding using SCRATCH (any age form 5- 85)

  • CyberStart for those interested in Cyber Security (High School)

  • Python Escape Room for intermediate programmers (Middle School/ High School)

  • App Lab: make your own app (Middle School)

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CSEd Week: Join Popfizz for Games & Data in Python

Join Popfizz for two types of workshops introducing Python to make games or create stunning visualizations from data. Workshops are held everyday during the week of December 7th!
Data Visualization with Python |  Grades 9-12  |  Beginners Welcome
In this 1-hour session, we’ll explore how to gather, visualize, and extract information from data by using Python’s libraries. Ultimately we’ll create a final visualization product that will help tell a compelling story. Along the way, we’ll also explore the basic concepts of statistics.
Workshops are held everyday during the week of December 7th! Click Here to Register!
Retro PyGame |  Grades 9-12  |  Beginning Python Experienced Required
Join us to create your own retro game using Python and share it with your friends and family! This 1-hour project introduces students to some of the advanced programming concepts such as events, functions, and classes. 
Workshops are held everyday during the week of December 7th! Click Here to Register!
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CSEd Week: Join SkillStruck to learn HTML & Python

Join Skill Struck for two workshops to introduce coding concepts with video & multimedia!
November 30th - Introduction to HTML (Beginner | Grades 6+): Skill Struck provides a trainer and platform in which audience members can learn the principles of Web Development. Using the programming language HTML, participants will leave the event with a functional website they have designed. Click Here to Register.
December 7th - Introduction to Python (Beginner | Grades 9+): Skill Struck provides a trainer and platform in which audience members can learn the principles of Software Development. Using the programming language Python, participants will leave the event with a functional program that solves a relevant task. Click Here to Register
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CSEd Week: Join VidCode for an Hour of Code!

Join VidCode for two workshops to introduce coding concepts with video & multimedia!
December 8th - Code the News (Beginner | Grades 6+): Learn how to use javascript to interact with images, videos, and text to make your own news bulletin! By the time you're done, you will have created your very own news story made entirely in code! Click Here to Register
December 16th - Climate Clock (Beginner | Grades 5+): "The Climate Clock counts down to a specific day in the future. After this day human-induced climate change will have caused a temperature increase of 1.5℃, which is irreversible, and has bad consequences for everyone. We know this because of the data on the current rate of emissions, and the level of human-induced warming we’re already seeing." Join VidCode in creating your own interactive Climate Clock using javascript code. When you leave, you will be able to share your clock with friends or on your own website. Click Here to Register
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State of CS Report is Out!!!

The State of CS report was just released from Code.org and CSTA, and it includes a breakdown of access & participation information for all 50 states, including AZ!   
This report is a comprehensive snapshot of the state of CS in education.  It includes information from 100% of U.S. public high schools.  Unfortunately, this report shows that less than half of all high schools in the U.S. teach CS, with access being lowest for students from rural areas, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science. While diversity within classrooms has increased, it’s clear that work is still far from done. Read more about these findings on the Code.org blog.  
Below are some snapshots from the finding for AZ.  You can also read the full report here.
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Girls Who Code- Celebrate Sisterhood


Day of the Girl! We've teamed up with Apple to celebrate our favorite holiday -- and the fun starts today.

 We're inviting people everywhere to share their #SisterhoodStory: a shoutout to the ones who have your back and make you stronger. Want to shine a light on someone special? Here's how:

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Computer Science State Policy Forum

The annual Computer Science State Policy Forum brings together legislators, education officials, state advocates, industry, national organizations, and representatives from state executive offices committed to K-12 computer science education. This year the forum goes virtual, and consists of two sessions. More information here.
Join us October 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 am PT for a panel discussion of how "Computer Science is More Important Than Ever" featuring three state education chiefs. We'll also launch the 2020 State of Computer Science Education. Click here to register for the Policy Forum Plenary.
Join us later on October 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm PT for the State of Your State. Learn about and discuss the state of computer science in your state. Click here to register for the State of AZ Policy Session.
Apply for both sessions by October 11, 2020.
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The overarching theme for 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.” Visit staysafeonline.org for tips and resources.
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PD Opportunity - Code.org CS Fundamentals Virtual Workshops

The Arizona Science Center is offering several Code.org CS Fundamentals virtual workshops in October and November. The Intro workshop is designed for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore how to begin teaching the CS Fundamentals curriculum. Join your peers and experienced facilitators to get a hands-on introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overviews of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard, as well as strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. The workshop is split into smaller chunks over the 3 days in lieu of a full day on zoom. Click below for more information & registration info.
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PD Opportunity: CSTA National Events

The National CSTA Organization is hosting the following events:
  • Oct. 8: CSTA Engage - Please join us for our October CSTA Engage Meetup on October 8, 2020, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. CDT to connect with and learn alongside other K-12 CS teachers. We’ll host a jam-packed hour and a half, worth every minute of your midweek evening. Activities will include a time specifically for networking, a featured PD activity, and two unconference/birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Oct. 22: CSTA+ Benefit: GameSalad Webinar - Join us for a webinar on GameSalad! We will go through an extensive demo of the product, and answer and questions. This classroom resource is for grades 5 through 12 and beyond, students learn the fundamentals of computer science while building their own video games with GameSalad. CSTA+ members receive a 25% discount
  • Oct. 27: New Member Orientation - Join us to get your CSTA journey started! Learn about your membership, what programs we have, how to get involved, and what CSTA+ membership is. 
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CSTA Equity Fellows

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is excited to announce the 15 participants of the 2020–21 Equity Fellowship. This year-long program will provide leadership development opportunities to fellows and identify opportunities for the group to develop ongoing, peer-to-peer professional learning experience focused on addressing issues of equity in the computer science classrooms for CSTA members. Click here to read more about each fellow.
In particular, we would like to congratulate CSTA-Arizona board member Leon Tynes for being selected as part of this prestigious group. Leon teaches at the Academy of Math and Sciences - Desert Sky charter school and is one of our CSTA-AZ Phoenix-area Directors. Click below to read more about Leon and his work in Arizona.
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NCWIT: Virtual Classroom Décor for Computer Science and Tech Educators

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has assembled a set of interactive elements to help teachers make all students feel welcome and to maintain and enhance their interest in computing. By adding the elements to their own virtual classrooms, teachers can maintain a positive classroom climate, show students “possible selves” in computing, maintain student interest, and show them career and other opportunities. Learn more about virtual convening by viewing the previously recorded (Aug 2020) "Classroom Climate: Why it’s important and some ways to create/maintain, even virtually."
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September Community Call

CSTA-Arizona hosted our September Community Call on Tuesday September 29th. The agenda featured:
  • SciTech Institute & CS Education Month
    Presenter: Kelly Greene - SciTech COO
  • Vidcode Platform
    Presenter: Alexandra Diracles - CEO & Co-founder
  • Code.org State Policy Forum
    Presenter: Alexis Harrigan - Director of State Government Affairs, Code.org
  • Community Updates
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PD Opportunity: AzTEA Annual Conference

Join the Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA) for our 2020 Virtual Fall Conference: Explore, Inspire, & Rejuvenate & grow your EdTech tool box. This virtual conference is focused on strategies and tools that work in all education modalities. Sessions will be led by teachers, coaches, and administrators who are using these tools with their students or in their work. Just a sample of the presentation topics: Google Apps, Microsoft tools, Coding, Drones, AR, Esports, and more. The conference is October 31st - Click here for more information
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Curriculum - Popfizz Microbit Curriculum

Popfizz just launched our Microbit Curriculum last week and we're hosting it for free until next semester. The Introduction to Physical Computing with micro:bit PD course covers the basics of physical computing using micro:bit, MakeCode and Python programming language. Feel free to add the course to your dashboard on Popfizz.io and check it out. Click Here to access the curriculum.
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Grant: Rural Tech Project

The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.
Quick facts:
  • Who should enter: The challenge is open to any publicly funded school or local educational agency serving students in grades 9-12 in rural communities. “Rural” is broadly defined as a non-urban, non-suburban area. An area may be considered rural based on its population density and/or distance from suburban or urban hubs. See the eligibility criteria for further guidance.
  • $600,000 in cash prizes: Up to five finalists will be selected to receive an equal share of the $500,000 Phase 1 cash prize pool. At the conclusion of program implementation, one grand-prize winner will receive an additional $100,000.
  • Two years of ongoing support: From January 2021 through August 2023, finalists will have on-the-ground assistance, expert mentorship, and access to virtual resources as they plan, run, refine, and report on their programs.
  • Deadline: Program proposals are due Oct. 8.
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Join Us On Facebook!

CSTA-Arizona is excited to launch our very own Facebook Community Page! We are launching this group to address a few needs for the CSTA-Arizona community We hope this group will allow our community to:
  • Share events / resources / opportunities directly with other members and in a timely manner
  • Create discussions and dialogues between members & the community, creating stronger regional connections
  • Make it easier to see newsletters and events, especially for organizations or community members who aren't on our mailing list
  • Make it easier to celebrate successes and amplify voices from teachers in our community
We hope you'll join the group and use it as a resource to connect with a community of CS Educators, especially in our new virtual reality. Click Here to Join the Page!
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August Community Call

CSTA-Arizona hosted our August Community Call on 8/11.
Click to read more or watch the recording, if you were unable to attend.
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PD Opportunity: Machine Learning with PopFizz

This course addresses the content and pedagogical challenges of teaching computer science with an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching practices.

Designed to help educators prepare to teach computer science, attendees will explore algorithmic biases, and learn about artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML). The course also has a hands-on coding component where the attendees will use HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Google’s Teachable Machine to train an AI and share it with the world.  
Anyone can sign up for the course at no cost. Enrollment closes on August 26th!
More information & enrollment information is available below
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Webinar: Computing While Black

CS for All Teachers has launched a series of webinars over the summer titled Computing While Black
The CS community and others joined a roundtable discussion about best practices for inclusion and equity in computer science education. We delved into how the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted students that will be entering and continuing in CS educational spaces (and schools) and identified necessary supports to facilitate high-quality instruction for diverse populations. We also identified how teachers can change CS pedagogy to meet the needs of Black students as well as how they can work collaboratively to dismantle the patriarchal white-centered mindsets that plague the tech industry and society writ large. Though this language may have made some uncomfortable (i.e., “patriarchal” and “white-centered”), we encouraged people to join this webinar for an open, honest dialogue about how we can best teach all in our classes, but especially our Black students.
Resources & recordings are available from previous webinars, and more webinars from this series may be made available in the future. Click below for more information.
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Webinar: NCWIT Conversations for Change

Over the summer, the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) hosted an online leadership series titled Conversations for Change, aiming to further efforts in creating inclusive cultures for underrepresented groups in computing. Speakers include Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr Ruha Benjamin, Dr Colleen Lewis, and others. More information about the conference is available at www.ncwit.org/conversations.
All of the videos from this series are posted online for later viewing. Click here to watch all of the videos from this series.
Webinar: NCWIT Conversations for Change 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

CSforEL District Opportunity

Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically underrepresented in these courses. CSforEL is a new 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) in Arizona, New Mexico and San Diego. We are currently looking for district and school level participation in the CSforEL project in terms of relationship and partnership building, data gathering efforts, and conversation with our Evaluation Team Leads to help determine treatment and control schools and to identify schools and teachers to participate in our first PD cohort during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in more information about the CSforEL project, please contact Erika C. Burt at erika.burt@csteachers.org. More information about this opportunity is below
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Partner Events - Summer Opportunities 2020-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

CSTA+ Benefit - Pluralsight Online Courses

As a CSTA+ member, you have access to Pluralsight, which has dozens of free video-based PD courses for CSTA members! All CSTA+ members can redeem a one-year limited library Pluralsight Skills benefit through the CSTA+ resource portal. You’ll receive access to over 30 software development courses that teach computer science concepts and programming skills. These hand-selected courses will help you develop the skills needed to pass national computer science certification exams and bring the concepts to life in the classroom.
Click below for a three-minute video on how to access the benefits from your CSTA+ login page.
If you're not a CSTA+ member, more information about this program and it's benefits are available here.


CSTA+ Benefit - Pluralsight Online Courses 2020-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

CSFirst Summer PD

CS First is Google's free, introductory computer science program for grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). This video-based curriculum teaches students foundational CS, problem-solving and collaboration skills through themes related to students’ interests. CS First can be used within classrooms, or as part of after-school programs in schools, libraries, or community spaces. Learn how to use this free computer science grades 4-8 curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn on Scratch. No experience necessary for students or teachers.
Read below to learn more about this program and sign up for one of several summer workshops.
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CSforEL Teacher Leaders

Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically under-represented in these courses. CSforEL is a new 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). We seek CSforEL teacher leaders who will help us identify and test strategies and develop lessons and materials that effectively support ELs in CSP during our project’s pilot year (2020-21). We will rely on their expertise to develop the professional development in future project years.
Click below to learn more about this program
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Inclusive STEM & CS Summit


The Inclusive STEM & CS Summit aims to provide quality professional development for educators focused on pedagogy and instruction in STEM and computer science.

100% of the proceeds of The Inclusive STEM & CS Summit will be donated to organizations that support STEAM/CS programs, such as Black Girls Who Code, Indigenous STEAM/AISESLatinoSTEMAPIA Scholars.

The event takes place on June 19th & 20th. Schedule & Registration Information Below

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New CS education courses this summer! 2020-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Code.org At-Home Resources


We are facing an incredibly challenging time with the global outbreak of COVID-19, grappling with growing concerns over health, our communities, and the economy. Safety measures have brought widespread school closures across the country.

We want to support teachers, students, and families in any way we can. Below is a set of resources to help your student learn computer science at home.

Click Here to Access Resources

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NCWIT At-Home Resources


14 Computing-related Activities to Do From Home

As COVID-19 has led schools across the country to transition to at-home learning, educators, parents, and caregivers are on the lookout for accessible activities to keep kids’ minds active and engaged. Luckily, there are many ways to translate computing education from the classroom to the home setting. Below is a sampling of ways that adults — regardless of skill level — can help K-12 students continue to explore pathways to tech careers and grow computational skills. These ideas aren’t just for kids, though. Parents and educators who want to learn something new can also get in on the action! Click below to see the 14 activities you can do at home!

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CSTA At-Home Resources

With the outbreak of COVID-19, at CSTA we know that many of our members will be supporting their students remotely. Teaching CS is already difficult, and moving to a virtual environment can be challenging, so we have compiled a list of resources to help teachers support their students during this trying time. We encourage you to keep visiting this page for the most up-to-date resources:

Click Here to Access the Resources

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CS Standards Implementation Resources

Arizona released K-12 Computer Science Standards in October 2018 and two options for Computer Science endorsement for K-12 teachers. To support the implementation of these standards, we are excited to present a Computer Science Implementation Guidance document and a one-page document that clearly outlines the requirements for PreK-8 and 9-12 computer science educators. Click Read More to view these documents & learn more about these resources.
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CSTA PD Week-Save the Date

CSTA AZ is coming this summer to ASU Fulton School of Engineering.  We have confirmed many providers and working on adding more.  Registration will open in March.  Click Read more for details.
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Partner Event: C&I and IT Leadership Symposium 2020


The symposium is a one-day event that will bring together educational leaders from across the state of Arizona to explore the challenges and share the successes that exist between Teaching, Learning, & IT.

Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM MST
Dysart Unified School District 
15802 North Parkview Place,
Surprise Az, AZ 85374
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Partner Event: eSports 2020 Part II


This event is for educators who are interested in learning and sharing ways to begin or enhance an esports program and with students. Join us for meaningful educator-led PD and hands-on learning/ playing fun! $15 per person

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CSPD Funding available


Public Schools that offer instruction in grades 9 through 12 AND Public Schools that do not currently provide high school computer science instruction. The grant application shall prioritize awards to eligible public schools that have at least sixty percent of students enrolled who are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts and are Rural schools.

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CS for ELL Students

Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically under-represented in these courses. CSforEL is a new, 4 year research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) in Arizona, New Mexico and San Diego. We are currently seeking districts to participate in our first cohort for the 2020-21 school year. Click below for more information.
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CS Awesome Summer Virtual Sessions

CS Awesome is a new free curriculum from the Mobile CSP team for the AP CS A Java course that follows the 2019 College Board AP CSA units and learning objectives. We are applying to become an official provider for AP CSA in 2020. The curriculum is available for free on based on Barb Ericson's Java Review course on Runestone Academy.
The goal of the CS Awesome curriculum is to provide an interactive curriculum for students that uses frequent, small practice problems that allow students to incrementally build their Java programming skills. The curriculum is provided online through an e-book and includes many opportunities for creativity and collaboration with other students. The course was designed to engage all students and support students transitioning from a Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to CSA.
Click below for more information about summer opportunities. If you are a teacher transitioning from teaching AP CSP to AP CSA and/or will you be teaching AP CS A for the first time in 2019 or 2020, then we have scholarships available for you to attend our PD for FREE, in exchange for participating in our research project.
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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.  
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March CSTA Maricopa Meet Up

CSTA AZ will be having monthly meet ups the first Saturday of each month at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The focus for March is Scratch basics, MicroBits and best practices. Networking and food are always free!!
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Professional Development Survey

As districts begin planning and budgeting around professional development for the 2020-21 school year, it is important to have your feedback included in the process. The Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent has worked collaboratively with teacher support organizations to develop a short anonymous survey for educators.  Your feedback from this survey will be shared with districts and professional development providers across Arizona so that PD can be developed and offered based on your ideas and needs. We want to hear your voice and opinions about professional development opportunities.
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CSTA 2020 Scholarships Now Open!

Registration for the 2020 CSTA Annual Conference is open, and scholarships are being offered to support teachers who can not otherwise attend the CSTA conference due to funding limitations. These scholarships are available thanks to the generous support of our partners.
What to expect: The application is short, requiring 15–30 minutes to complete. It requests basic information about you and your teaching background, characteristics of the students you teach, and two short essay questions (less than 250 words each):
  • Why do you want to attend the conference?
  • How will attending the conference impact your teaching practice?
For more information visit the webpage here.
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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  

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Code.org Summer Workshops


Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have previous experience, the Code.org Professional Learning Program prepares you to teach with confidence and offers year-round support. No CS experience is needed!

Take part in the program to explore the curriculum and learning tools, practice new teaching strategies, discuss classroom management, and build a community of teachers. Over 90% of attendees would recommend our program to another teacher. Scholarships and discounts are available in many regions.

Code.org Summer Workshops 2020-01-17 07:00:00Z 0

Start a Girls Who Code Club


We are proud to partner with Girls Who Code to provide free, flexible and inclusive CS opportunities all across our community, and would love for your school to host a Club!

Girls Who Code Clubs  provide completely  FREE plug-and-play curriculum and resources for educators to encourage girls’ participation in STEM as they prepare for college and career. In each Club, 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls build important life skills as they join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and learn how to use computer science to positively impact their community. Students also learn about inspiring female role models in tech to help increase female representation in our STEM programming. 

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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
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Computer Science Education Week | December 9th-15th CSTA 2019-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
CSTA-Arizona Board Elections 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
SheTech Explorer Day 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

November Community Updates

Updates from the Computer Science community in Arizona from our November 19th Community Call (click here for agenda):
  • Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS School Applications Now Open
  • New #CSK8 Podcast Now Available
  • AZ STEM Collaborative Unconference
  • CSforAll Teachers CSEd Week Webinar
  • Google CSFirst Hour of Code Webinar
Click 'Read More' to see information about each of these programs
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CSTA 2020 Conference


There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. If you are looking for inspiration, for connection, and for a chance to be rejuvenated, join us at CSTA 2020, set for July 13 - 14, 2020. While we all won’t be meeting together in Arlington this year, we’re excited to still put on the same conference you’ve come to love — created by teachers, for teachers.

CSTA's Annual Conference is a chance for computer science teachers to come together for learning, networking, and fun. We are a community of educators who are changing the lives of students every day in our classrooms. We are eager to share our knowledge and to learn from one another.

Our two-day virtual conference has over 100 sessions of education to broaden your knowledge of computer science education, inspirational keynotes and sessions to reinvigorate your passion for teaching, and countless moments of fun and connection along the way. If you are looking for new and exciting ways to engage with your students in your classroom, look no further than CSTA 2020. You don't want to miss out on this great experience. 

Read More for more information about the conference and how to register!

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CSTA-AZ Fall Summit

CSTA-Arizona held it's 2019 Fall Summit in Prescott, Arizona on November 2nd. Educators from all over Arizona convened to attend sessions on Scratch, LocoRobo, p5js, Artificial Intelligence, and to plan for more local & community meetups in the four Arizona Regions.
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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.
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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
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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
CSEdCon & State of Computer Science CSTA-Arizona 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.
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Aspirations in Computing Educator Award CSTA 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Award for Aspirations in Computing for HS Students CSTA 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

CSTA AZ Board Nominations

If you are interested in serving on the CSTA-Arizona Board, please consider nominating yourself (or another person) for our upcoming CSTA-Arizona Board Elections.
CSTA AZ Board Nominations CSTA 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
NCWIT Awards Ceremony 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
AZ Educators - CSTA and ISTE Want Your Feedback on New CS Standards CSTA 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

CSTA-AZ Fall Meetup 2018

CSTA-AZ held its first Fall Professional Development Summit for Arizona Computer Science teachers. Sessions were held on topics such as VEX Robotics, equitable recruiting & retention strategies, active learning in Computer Science, and the CyberPatriot competition.
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Arizona Adopts Computer Science Standards!

On October 22, 2018, Arizona's State Board of Education voted to adopt new K-12 Computer Science Standards. The process to develop new Computer Science Standards began in January 2017. Since that time, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has collected public feedback on existing standards and convened working groups of educators, content experts, community members, and parents to create new standards. Click here to download Arizona's Computer Science Standards.
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