CSNYC Newsletter — February 2017

Hi All,

We have a lot of great opportunities to share this month, including several free professional development offerings for teachers and a handful of fun programs for students. Read on to learn more!


1_CSNYC Meetup: Welcome New Teachers + CS Teaching Tips — February, 21, 2017
WeWork Fulton Center, 200 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Join us in welcoming to our community the new cohort of CS teachers from this year’s STEM Institute!

All CS teachers, whether brand new to the field, seasoned veterans, or somewhere in between, are invited to participate in a fun, interactive session on CS Teaching Tips.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, CS Teaching Tips is a repository of classroom tips designed to help CS teachers anticipate students’ difficulties and build upon students’ strengths.

Come meet new colleagues, have a beverage, and enjoy a discussion about how to teach CS more effectively.

2_Volunteers needed for 2017 CS Fair — March 29, 2017
The Armory Track, 216 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY

The NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair, presented by CSNYC and Microsoft TEALS, is NYC’s largest annual college and career exploration event for public high school students currently studying computer science. We aim to excite students about the myriad educational and employment opportunities that result from studying CS. This high-energy event showcases the ambition and reach of CS4All alongside the engagement of our city’s ever-growing tech sector. At this year’s CS Fair, we will welcome 2000+ students, 100 booths, interactive activities, guest speakers, and a showcase of students’ exemplary projects. Sign up to volunteer now, and help us make the day a success!

3_AP CSP: Beauty and Joy of Computing Professional Development— Apply by February 10, 2017

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is a new AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course currently offered by the CS4All team in 58 schools citywide. Applications are due Friday, February 10 for the next cohort.

Participating teachers receive:

  • More than 150 hours of paid blended professional development.
  • Access to CS4ALL hackathons and other student opportunities.
  • Applications for the CS4ALL Pathfinders Internship Program, offering a formative workplace experience high school students interested in pursuing computer science careers.
  • Optional additional classroom support from CUNY Tutor Corps.

Join the DOE’s AP CSP Professional Development lead, Francisco Cervantes, for a webinar on Tuesday, February 7 at 3:00pm detailing what to expect from this program, curriculum, and application process. Register here.

4_Mobile Computer Science Principles — Apply by March 1, 2017

The Mobile Computer Science Principles project (Mobile CSP) will once again provide professional development (PD) this summer for high school teachers who wish to teach the AP CS Principles course in 2017–18. In the Mobile CSP course students learn the principles of computer science through building mobile apps with the App Inventor programming language. Since 2013, more than 300 teachers have successfully participated in the PD and gone on to teach the Mobile CSP course. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. For details, please visit http://mobile-csp.org/participate.

5_Code.org’s Professional Learning Programs — Apply by March 17, 2017

Code/Interactive is thrilled to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for AP CS Principles (grades 9–12) and CS Discoveries (grades 7–9) are now open!

No prior experience with computer science is required. As part of the CS4All initiative, teacher training is at no cost to you or your school, and accepted NYC DOE teachers will receive per session payment for their PD hours. Applications for both cohorts are being reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now!

Learn More and Apply Now — AP CS Principles
Learn More and Apply Now — CS Discoveries

6_Science Everywhere — Submission deadline March 24, 2017

Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation recently launched Science Everywhere, a campaign to catalyze math and science learning beyond school walls, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. The foundations are providing nearly half a million dollars to match donations from the public to fund creative, hands-on project ideas submitted by teachers to the DonorsChoose.org platform that inspire students to explore math and science outside the classroom. At the end of the challenge, a panel of judges led by astronaut Leland Melvin will award five $5,000 prizes to the teachers who come up with the best ideas.

Teachers can submit project ideas through Friday, March 24 to participate in the challenge (more information available here), and members of the public interested in supporting a project can visit this page to find a request that speaks to them. Winning teachers will be announced September 5, 2017.

7_NYU Tandon’s K-12 STEM Teacher Training Programs — Apply by March 31, 2017

Applications are now open for NYU Tandon’s summer 2017 suite of three cutting edge National Science Foundation supported professional development programs in engineering, robotics and entrepreneurship at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Middle and high school teachers can apply to study and train with NYU engineering faculty and graduate students, learn techniques to integrate engineering, computer science and technology into curricula, and bring hands-on STEM learning to classrooms. One program even provides an opportunity for high school teachers to train and teach with students from their schools!

8_Learn and Teach Code with Upperline Code

Upperline School of Code is looking for passionate educators interested in learning to code and learning to teach code in their summer fellowship program.

If accepted as a Summer Fellow, you’ll learn the principles of software development (online and in-person), and then you’ll get a chance to practice what you’ve learned by co-teaching with a veteran CS teacher in Upperline’s two-week summer classes. This is a paid opportunity that is perfect for teachers who want to bring software engineering skills back to their schools.


9_Mouse Maker Night — February 16, 2017
Mouse, 55 Broad St, 16th Floor, New York, NY

NYC high school students are invited to Mouse Maker Night on February 16th! This is the perfect place to try coding, building circuits or 3D design for the first time. Learn a new skill, make something cool, meet new people, eat pizza, and more! This event is free and open to all students, but you must sign up: mouse.org/makernight

10_NYSCI’s Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps — February-July, 2017

The New York Hall of Science’s Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps are designed to explore concepts in science, technology, engineering and math, build problem solving and communication skills and inspire the next generation of innovators. Each camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate of completion and a free 6-month student membership. NYSCI offers one-day, two-day and week-long camps for grades 1–8 on topics like app design, computing creations, game design, engineering, animation and more!

11_NASA GISS Summer 2017 Internship Program — Apply by March 1, 2017

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) offers paid internship opportunities to high school, undergraduate and graduate students who reside within a 50-mile radius of the institute, which is located in the Upper West Side-Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City.

To apply for current and/or future NASA internship opportunities, please visit One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) webpage: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/students/login/

12_Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute — Apply by March 2, 2017

Kick start your university studies in computer science with an unforgettable summer program at Google. Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.

CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

As CSSI students, you will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop your very own application with fellow participants that you will showcase to Googlers in local offices.

You’ll attend the program at one of the Google office locations and experience firsthand Google’s unique and innovative office culture.

13_All Star Code’s 2017 Summer Intensive Program — Apply by March 6, 2017

Apply now for All Star Code’s 4th annual Summer Intensive program. This FREE 6-week program is open to young men of color, currently in 10th or 11th grade, who are interested in technology and entrepreneurship. Through hands-on, project-based learning while embedded in some of the most recognizable tech companies in the world, All Stars gain coding skills, access, and exposure they need to become successful tech entrepreneurs. Learn more at allstarcode.org/apply.

14_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!