CSNYC Newsletter — April 2017

Spring break is right around the corner (and better weather, too!). Before students take off for the week, be sure to spread the word about the many programs and events happening this month, both during and after the break. Read on to learn more!


1_CSNYC Meetup: Teaching Computer Science to Students With Disabilities — April 6, 2017
WeWork Chelsea, 115 West 18th St, New York, NY

It can be quite challenging to meet the needs of all students in CS education, especially when the students exhibit a range of academic needs. How can we provide engaging and accessible CS education to all students, including those with disabilities?

Maya Israel, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) will lead a session for teachers that focuses on instructional strategies and approaches that specifically support students with disabilities, including those with specific learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This session will focus on strategies such as working more effectively with instructional aides/paraeducators, promoting collaboration strategies that help struggling learners, and applying principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to CS education.

2_Webinar: Preparing Students for the AP CSP Exam — April 5, 2017

As the May 5th exam date draws closer, Dan Garcia, Teaching Professor at UC-Berkeley, and other leaders from the AP CSP community will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 5 at 4:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Eastern to help prepare your students for the exam. Join the call to hear tips, share resources, and ask your last-minute questions.

3_TEALS Needs Volunteers for the 2017–18 School Year — Apply by April 14, 2017

Despite what you see on social media hyping CS education, most high schools in the US still don’t offer rigorous CS courses. Want to use your CS skills to help change that? It’s time to roll up your sleeves and join hundreds of engineers who volunteer their time and skills to bring CS to high schools nationwide! YOU can help. Teach Computer Science. Keep your day job. TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is an industry-wide program started in 2009 that partners hundreds of engineers from more than 300 companies who team teach high school CS and help schools throughout the U.S. build and grow sustainable CS programs. TEALS is growing from 25 to 40 schools in the NY/NJ area for the 2017–18 school year and is in great need of volunteers!

Learn more at www.tealsk12.org/apply, email aimee@tealsk12.org and ada@tealsk12.org, or attend an upcoming information session in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

4_New York Scratch Educator Meetup — April 20, 2017
Fat Cat Fab Lab, 224 West 4th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY

At this month’s Scratch Educator Meetup, Stewart Newfeld will demonstrate ArduBlock, a graphical programming environment very similar to Scratch designed to make “physical computing with Arduino as easy as drag-and-drop.” If you’d like to try it out yourself, bring your Mac or Windows laptop — there will be lots hardware on hand to work with.

5_Facilitate a ScratchJr Family Day

The creators of the ScratchJr programming app for young children are developing ways to help families collaborate with technology and make creative projects through programming! ScratchJr, inspired by the Scratch programming language, is an introductory block-programming language designed for young children ages 5–7. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to tell stories, create personally meaningful projects, and make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. If you are interested in facilitating a 2-hour family programming event at your school, museum, or organization using a fully developed protocol as your guide, please email Kaitlyn Leidl (kaitlyn.leidl@tufts.edu) of the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University, a co-creator of the ScratchJr app along with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT and the Playful Invention Company.

6_WHEELS Seeks Computer Science Teacher

WHEELS is a high-performing PreK-12 school seeking a highly qualified Computer Science teacher to join grades 6–12 in the 2017–2018 school year. The ideal candidate is an educator who fosters relationships with students and families, holds students to high expectations inside and outside the classroom, and reflects on students’ results as his/her own results. Aligned with EL Education Principles, this educator will backward plan from engaging, authentic programming tasks and will take initiative to identify external opportunities and supports to deepen the learning for our students. Finally, this educator will have demonstrated success of collaborating with a team to achieve ambitious goals. If you are interested in learning more, please visit wheelsnyc.org/apply-now/.


7_Be a Girls Who Code Tester — April 10–13, 2017
Girls Who Code, 40 West 23rd St, 7th floor, New York, NY

The Education Team at Girls Who Code is looking for curious, enthusiastic
middle and high school girls to help test the curriculum for Girls Who Code Campus, the new pilot program for Summer 2017. Girls Who Code will be hosting a “two days at Campus” trial workshop on April 10 and 11 for middle school girls and April 12 and 13 for high school girls.

This opportunity is open to all girls who are interested in trying out the GWC summer program (previous experience with computer science or Girls Who Code is not required). Lunch, snacks, swag and metro cards will provided on both days. Interested students should fill out an interest form at https://tinyurl.com/girlstestcampus.

8_Connect & Explore College Fair at the Intrepid — April 13, 2017
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, New York, NY

Upper middle and high school (male and female) students are invited to attend the Museum’s fourth annual College Fair. Learn about the college application process in an intimate and unique setting, speak with college and university representatives to explore your higher education options, and participate in workshop sessions to connect with college professors, students and your peers. Develop networking and speaking skills as you prepare for the next steps in your education. The College Fair will be held from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

9_NYU Tandon’s Science of Smart Cities — April 21, 2017
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Center for K12 STEM Education at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) summer 2017. Now in its 6th year, this free 4-week summer program is for middle grade students entering 6th, 7th or 8th in September 2017.

Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) provides students with an immersive summer STEM experience, and an opportunity to experience the relevance of STEM learning to their every-day lives. SoSC explores the fields of energy, urban infrastructure, transportation, and wireless communications as those relate to ‘smart cities’ and urban development. Through hands­-on activities, teamwork and authentic STEM content delivered by our engineering students, participants develop STEM skills culminating in the SoSC Expo where students present their own model sustainable cities and creative, smart applications of engineering concepts and cutting edge technologies.

10_CC Fest — April 23, 2017
NYU MAGNET, 2 MetroTech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Saber Khan of Browning School, Danny Fenjves of Upperline, and Stephen Lewis of the Heschel School, are holding the second round of CC Fest, a celebration of creative coding for teachers and students, on Sunday, April 23 at NYU MAGNET in Brooklyn. The event, which is free to attend, welcomes middle and high school students to spend the day learning how to code. There will be sessions on using p5.js, Vidcode, and hardware in creative ways. A pizza lunch will be provided.

You can learn more about the event at www.ccfest.rocks or the #ccfestnyc hashtag or on this Medium post. Questions can be sent to Saber at mrkhanatndv@gmail.com.

11_Black Girls CODE presents: Code A Brighter Future Hackathon — April 28–30, 2017
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2 MetroTech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Black Girls CODE is teaming with Colgate to deliver a girls-only hackathon to push young women to “Code a Brighter Future.” Black Girls CODE youth hackathons are education-focused and allow students to work in teams with experienced mentors over a weekend building apps and tools. This hackathon will provide each Tech Diva with the opportunity to take part in a three-day youth focused hackathon that encourages creativity and teamwork. Ladies will learn how to design and build apps, concluding the weekend with team presentations and solution demos live on stage! The Code a Brighter Future Hackathon is free and open to girls in grades 6–12 of all experience levels.

12_Bit by Bit: Breaking the Barrier for Girls in Tech — April 30, 2017
The Dalton School, 108 East 89th Street, New York, NY

Bit by Bit: Breaking the Barrier for Girls in Tech is a conference for high school girls interested in technology. The Conference’s aim is to bring together women with experience in computer science to offer advice to teenage girls who want to pursue a career in the male-dominated field.

Hosted by the Dalton School, the first New York City school to offer a computer science course, the second annual women in technology conference will be held on April 30, 2017. Last year, 274 girls attended the conference all for free. The conference featured keynote speakers such as Laura Butler, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft, Minerva Tantoco, the CTO of New York City, and Rachel Reinitz, the CTO of IBM Bluemix Garage. Panels included topics such as “Computer Science for Good,” “Computer Science in College,” “Computer Science and Software Engineering,” and “Computer Science and Art.” The agenda for this year promises to be even more inspiring. The panelists, mentors, and speakers have wisdom to share, all for free! All female-identified NYC high school students are welcome. Register now!

13_2017 National STEM Video Game Challenge — Submit by May 1, 2017

The STEM Challenge is a video game design competition open to middle school and high school students in the U.S. in grades five through twelve. Students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to four members. Entries can be created using any game creation platform such as Gamestar Mechanic, Unity, GameMaker, and Scratch or as a written game design document.

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, as well as exposure on the STEM Challenge website, mentoring from game industry professionals, and access to an online community of peers. Full submission rules can be found on the STEM Challenge website.

14_Connected Camps Needs Volunteer Minecraft Counselors — Apply by May 31, 2017

This summer, Connected Camps is offering online Minecraft camps where kids aged 8–13 explore, design, and build within multiplayer worlds. New players learn the basics of Minecraft while experienced players can tackle new challenges or learn advanced topics like programming. Volunteer counselors work with Lead Counselors to moderate the servers, mentor campers, and help them level up their expertise in designing and building on a multiplayer server. Join the community of passionate Minecraft mentors, gain experience as a camp counselor, and support young people in getting more creative with a game they love!

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