Computer Science Collaboration Project
May 2012

The vision of the Computer Science Collaboration Project is to efficiently increase participation of underrepresented groups in computer science opportunities and activities by effectively building collaborations between K-12, community-based organizations, higher education and industry. 

 Project Updates 

The Computer Science Collaboration Project uses the most successful elements of theBoy and Girl in wheelchairs at laptop computer. National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) to connect K-12 outreach programs, professional organizations, and companies as well as alliances that are part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) community, specifically focusing on outreach to and collaboration with persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and women. We are working in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and AccessSTEM along with many other partners.

 

Mini-Grant Recipients for Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth
Selected from a large and competitive pool of proposals, we are pleased to announce the five recipients of the Computer Science Collaboration Project's Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth mini-grants. These projects occur between May and October 2012 with activities in five states and are highlighted below:

 

  • Learning Computer Science Through the Lens of Culture and Society, California
  • TechJam Juntos, New York
  • Game Development Series for Girlstart After School Participants at Cook and Wooten Elementary, Texas
  • Computación, Creatividad, y Comunidad: Family Science Night, Agua Fria, New Mexico
  • Computer Science Camp for Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth, Georgia

To view more information about each project, including specific activities and partners, visit: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=node/170.
  

CSCP/NGCP Joint Webinar Is Your Website Accessible? How Do You Find Out?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

In this webinar participants will learn the basics of web accessibility. A fully accessible website is one in which all visitors, with or without disabilities, using a variety of devices, can easily find information and access all website features. Participants will learn basic steps they can take to assess whether their website might be excluding particular groups. No prior knowledge is required.
Register: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=node/169.

Archived Webinars

CSCP Archived Webinar CSTA: Services and Resources to Engage Youth in Computer Science
CSTA is the Computer Science Teachers Association, a membership organization of 10,000 educators, institutions, and companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines in K-12. This webinar provided information on the services that CSTA provides for formal and informal educators and free resources for helping young people, their families, and their educational community to better understand the computing disciplines and the world of opportunities they provide.  Visit
: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=node/75

Computer Science Events

2012 Scalable Game Design Summer Institute
Boulder, CO
June 4-10, 2012 

The University of Colorado Boulder is offering a series of free, middle school through graduate school, educator workshops on fun and easy-to-teach computer science instruction through a scalable game design curriculum which includes a teacher stipend for classroom implementation. No programming experience is required. This project is funded by a Computing Education in the 21st Century grant from the National Science Foundation.


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference
San Diego, CA
June 24-27, 2012 

The ISTE conference and exposition highlights how educators from around the world are using innovative technologies to help students expand their horizons. Attendees may choose from among hundreds of model lessons, sessions, lectures, panels, hands-on workshops, informal learning activities, as well as visit over 500 exhibiting companies, agencies, and organizations.

Register: www.isteconference.org/2012/registration


Statistical Analysis Systems Programming Institute for High School Educators
Cary, NC
June 25-29, 2012 

The Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS) Programming 1 for High School workshop provides educators with professional development training at no cost. This five day workshop gives attendees the opportunity to learn course materials, how to program in SAS, and collaborate with other educators who are implementing SAS Programming into their curricula. To qualify for the summer course, teachers must have taught two years of another programming language such as C++, Java, Visual Basic, or Python, and must currently be teaching high school.

Apply: support.sas.com/learn/ap/hs/index.html#t1

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Corner
Registration is open for CSTA's annual Computer Science and Information Technology Conference (CS&IT). This event provides professional development opportunities for high school and middle school computer science and computer applications teachers who want practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future.

This year's conference will be held July 9-10, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, CA and features one full day of workshops and another full day of keynotes and breakouts. View the 2012 conference agenda at: www.cstaconference.org, along with accommodation, travel, a special UCI Irvine tour and reception and a link to registration.  Session topics provide many choices for teachers of all levels.  The conference overall receives rave reviews from attendees for relevance, variety, speaker quality, and networking opportunities.  Presentations from previous conferences are available on the website.
 
Irvine is a terrific venue for the entire family. Visit Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, LEGOLAND, and Universal Studios, and engage in valuable professional development, as well.
CSCP Program Directory - Register Your Program Today!

The CSCP Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating underrepresented youth to pursue careers in computer science. (If your program is in the NGCP Program Directory, it has automatically been included in the CSCP Program Directory.) 

 

The purpose of the CSCP Program Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on computer science related projects.  The Directory contains Program descriptions, resources available within each organization, Program and/or organization needs, and contact information.  Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.  Register your program today: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=pd/newprogram.

 

Resources

AccessComputing: Building Capacity to Promote the Success of Students with Disabilities in Computing and Information Technology Fields
This publication shares the proceedings of the AccessComputing Institute held for AccessComputing institutional partners on May 24-26, 2011, in Arlington, VA. It addresses capacity building at institutional, regional, national, and international levels regarding issues surrounding the participation of students, including veterans, with disabilities in computing and IT studies and careers.
www.washington.edu/doit/cbi/compcbi11/compcbi11_proceedings.pdf


Computational Thinking (CT)

Developed in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), this package of introductory materials is designed for K-12 teachers who do not teach computer science to illustrate how CT works across all disciplines.
www.iste.org/Libraries/CT_Documents/CT_Teacher_Resources_2ed.sflb.ashx

 

Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, December 2011  
This special issue focuses on STEM intervention reports for students with disabilities and faculty. Resources are included to help to bridge the gap between participation of individuals with and without disabilities in STEM.

www.ahead.org/uploads/publications/JPED/jped24_4/jped24_4.doc


Hands-On, Minds-On: Bringing Engineering Design to High School Classrooms
This 2011 video features five Massachusetts high school teachers bringing engineering design challenges into STEM curricula at five very different public schools. Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Lawrence Klein, the film was developed by the Museum of Science in collaboration with the National Center for Technological Literacy, Boston Public Schools, and Northeastern University, with support from the National Science Foundation ITEST Program.
www.mos.org/handsminds


Outreach in a Box: Discovering IT
This outreach kit, created by the National Center for Women in Computing (NCWIT), provides professionals in IT with a series of high quality materials and resources to prepare for and deliver an engaging class presentation for middle school students. Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, hands-on robotics activity, and program guide. 
www.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.outreach.html

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