Computer Science Collaboration Project
August 2013

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 

children with laptop CSCP at the RAMP Annual Meeting

The CSCP Engaging Youth with Disabilities Leadership Team, along with several representatives from CSCP mini-grant funded projects, came together in Washington, DC to discuss CSCP project findings, next steps, and how to continue engaging more youth with disabilities in computer science. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) Annual Meeting to enable information sharing, networking, and collaboration between the groups. RAMP is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. CSCP representatives, as part of a panel presentation, discussed how CSCP mini-grant funded projects support youth with disabilities, shared tips for student success in higher education, and provided insights into the skills and experiences that STEM employers are seeking in student hires.

 

CSCP at 2013 CSTA Annual Conference

Karen Peterson (CSCP Principal Investigator) and Jacob Martinez (CSCP Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth Collaboration Leadership Team Member) presented to teachers from across the country at the 2013 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference. Karen and Jacob provided an overview of the Exemplary Practices for Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) youth in Computer Science and provided examples of how these practices are being implemented in an afterschool program in rural California. Additionally, attendees in the workshop were given the opportunity to share some of the challenges they face trying to engage underrepresented youth in computer science and worked in groups to identify an Exemplary Practice to address each challenge.

 

Archived Webinar

Universal Design in Education: Philosophy, Research, and Application

Learn how universal design has emerged as an approach to ensuring the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and how it can be applied in educational settings-to instruction, services, technology, and to physical spaces. This webinar is presented by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director for the University of Washington's Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT programs. Dr. Burgstahler's work is supported in part by AccessComputing, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing.

View this and other CSCP archived webinars: http://www.cscproject.org/?q=node/75

Computer Science Events

Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference

Online

September 19-21, 2013

The Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, the world's first massively open online conference for educators which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math, and more, will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that encourages primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) students and educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching.

http://stemxcon.com

 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Minneapolis, MN

October 2-5, 2013

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest technical conference for women in computing, is designed to bring research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

http://gracehopper.org/2013

 

SACNAS National Conference

San Antonio, TX

October 3-6, 2013

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists in science. The SACNAS National Conference showcases cutting-edge science and features mentoring and training sessions for students and professionals at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. 

http://sacnas.org/events/national-conf

 

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities National Conference

Chicago, IL

November 7, 2013

The COSD 14th Annual National Conference will explore the "gray areas" associated with disability, employment diversity, and career employment challenges for college students seeking to enter the workforce.

http://www.cosdonline.org/cosd-annual-national-conference

 

Computer Science Education Week

December 8-14, 2013

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is the annual awareness program for computer science education. Organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, it is a call to action to raise awareness (particularly in the K-12 environment) about the importance of computer science education and its connection to careers in computing and other fields.

http://www.csedweek.org

 

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Corner

This is an exciting time for K-12 computer science (CS) education and our advocacy efforts are bearing fruit on many fronts. For several years, CSTA and its partner organizations have been working to convince states to allow students to count rigorous CS as a math or science credit. With new legislation in Washington state this summer, 13 states (GA, IN, MO, NY, NC, OK, OR, RI, TX, UT, VT, VI, and WA) and the District of Columbia now allow CS to count as a math or science graduation credit. In addition, the NCAA has overturned a previous decision to not accept CS courses as academic credit. From now on, the NCAA will accept an AP CS course as a graduation credit in math or science as long as the school counts it as such.

 

Computer science education issues have also been getting a lot of attention from Congress. Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues introduced The Computer Science Education Act (HR 2536) in the House of Representatives on June 27, 2013. This legislation addresses the urgent need for more CS education in our classrooms. The amendment was approved without any dissent and was included in the bill passed by the House. CS advocates are hoping that the Senate also chooses to address CS education when they debate similar legislation, expected to happen later this year.   

 

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: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=pd/newprogram

 

Resources

Teacher Capacity Study

The University of Chicago's Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) and Urban Education Institute (UEI) have completed a survey of the current high school computer science teacher population. The goal of the Teacher Capacity Study was to understand the experience, background, and contexts of the current high school computer science teaching community-painting as comprehensive a picture as possible of the CS teacher population. The results of the survey are part of a larger research project, Building and Operating System for Computer Science Education which will conclude this Fall.

New Online Computer Science Course

A new online computer science course, or MOOC, will be available this fall. The free, two-semester course will focus on a rigorous, Java-based curriculum and is designed to prepare students to take the AP Computer Science A exam in Spring 2014. The course's instructor is Rebecca Dovi, an experienced CS teacher and CSTA leader who also is helping to pilot CS Principles, the College Board/NSF initiative to improve and broaden K-12 computing education.

http://mooc.amplify.com

 

Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Beginning August 22nd, teens are invited to 'Get Your Genius On' in the Conrad Foundation's Sprit of Innovation Challenge. The annual program challenges students ages 13-18 to work in teams of 2-5 and use science, technology, engineering, and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to develop innovative products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability.

http://www.conradawards.org

 

Computer Science Exploration Project

This CSCP mini-grant project engaged youth with disabilities in computer science activities and exposed them to computer science careers. Forty-one youth participated in hands-on activities and a variety of site visits to see computer science in action. Participants reported an increase in interest in and understanding of computer science after the project was complete.

 

Google RISE Awards

Google RISE Awards are designed to support organizations that promote access to computer science education and give students aged 7-18 the opportunity to become creators - and not just consumers - of tomorrow's technological innovations. Applications are open August 1 - September 30, 2013.

http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-rise-awards

 

Professional Development Opportunity

With support from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) seeks to demonstrate the value of and further grow a professional development system for youth service professionals to improve program quality and service delivery for all youth, including youth with disabilities. 

Applications due August 31, 2013.

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ksa/demo

 

Top 10 Facts about Computer Science Education

Did you know? The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by the year 2020, there will be 4.2 million jobs in computing and information technology in the U.S., putting these fields among the fastest growing occupational fields.

http://www.computinginthecore.org/facts-resources

 

Expanding the Pipeline: Hispanic Momentum in Computing

A recent article in Computing Research News, written by Ann W. Gates, Sarah Hug, and Heather Thiry, describes how CAHSI (the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions), a CSCP partner organization, builds community and provides ongoing support and resources to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas.

 

Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Aspirations in Computing currently offers over 300K in scholarships for young women in computing and the next award application season is nearly here (September 15 - October 31, 2013). Help promote the awards by requesting a free poster for your school or organizations at: 

www.ncwit.org/aicposterrequest.

 

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