CSNYC Newsletter — September 2016

CSNYC Meetup: Nifty Assignments — September 27, 2016
WeWork, 115 West 18th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

We’re kicking off the school year with a Nifty Assignments event, and we would love for you to join us! Like the Nifty Assignments project at SIGCSE, our goal is to gather great CS assignments and share them with the CS ed community. We’ve asked members of the community to give five-minute presentations on their favorite CS assignments and share strategies and materials for others to adopt these assignments. You’ll hear about creative and innovative assignments that cover a variety of topics for different ages and levels of experience.


1_New York Scratch Educator Meetup — September 15, 2016
South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School, 639–55 St. Anns Avenue, Bronx, NY

Join the NY Scratch Educator Meetup for their September kick-off event! Scratch Educator Meetups are participatory professional learning experiences for teachers who want to learn more about teaching with Scratch. At this Meetup, members will share updates on professional development, research and plans to teach Scratch in their classrooms.

2_Make: Education Forum @ Maker Faire — September 30, 2016
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Join Make: for a second annual education program focused on the leaders, influencers, and practitioners providing support, services, and programs to bring making into schools. Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas, as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators, please join.

As part of your registration, you will receive one ADULT DAY PASS toWorld Maker Faire New York.

3_Become an AP CSP Reader

The new AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course launched this fall, and the first assessment for CSP will be administered in May 2017. The assessment consists of two performance tasks and an end-of-course AP Exam. In the performance tasks students research a computing innovation, and develop a program of their own choice.

The performance tasks are scored by faculty at the AP CSP Reading held in Kansas City in June 2017. The reading is a perfect opportunity to learn more about AP CSP, to meet with and work with faculty from across the country, participate in professional development activities, and to have fun. You will be paid for scoring and your travel, lodging, and food expenses will be covered. Contact paul.tymann@rit.edu with any questions.

4_The EngageCSEdu platform has expanded

NCWIT has rolled out a greatly expanded Engagement Practices section where you can explore pedagogies and other practices that are good for broadening participating in computing. These are likely to be helpful no matter what course you’re teaching. Be sure to check out the Instructional Materials and Community sections as well.


5_Kinet-X — Apply by September 14, 2016
Pine Street School, 25 Pine St, New York, NY

Kinet-X is an intensive 12-session program for middle/high schoolers that gets you building and inventing. It’s focused on engineering and programming, giving teens a comprehensive introduction into STEM that is missing in today’s education landscape. By the end of the program, students will have defined, designed, and developed a practical invention, setting themselves up for a successful future in tech.

The program runs from October 1 through December 17, on all Saturdays except holidays. More info @ www.kinet-x.org.

6_Mouse Maker Night — September 29th, 2016
55 Broad St, 16th Floor, New York, NY

Join Mouse on September 29th from 4:00–6:00pm for Maker Night, an event for high school students to create and make with technology. Come create with coders, crafters, 3D designers, whiteboard artists, gamers, and makers from across NYC. This is the perfect place to try code, building circuits, or 3D design for the first time! Learn more and sign up: mouse.org/makernight

7_Google Geek Street Fair — October 13, 2016
Union Square Park, New York, NY

The Geek Street Fair, hosted by Google, is an interactive, free public event to inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. Think traditional street fair, but instead of funnel cakes and ferris wheels, there will be educational virtual games, robotics and electronic tinkering.

To show the breadth and diversity of what is happening in the New York tech scene, Google is partnering with nearly two dozen tech companies, community-based organizations, museums and content creators from across the city who will provide fun activities to show how tech is driving innovation in a wide array of industries ranging from arts and entertainment to sports and education.

This year’s street fair will be held at Union Square Park in Manhattan on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 12:00pm-5:00pm. The fair is open to the public, so feel free to bring your class or after-school program.

8_ARROW NYC Conference — October 22, 2016
Hunter College High School, 71 East 94th St, New York, NY

All high school girls interested in business or tech are invited to ARROW NYC’s first conference this fall to learn from distinguished women in business/tech, attend workshops teaching practical skills such as resume building, receive swag bags, and have the chance to win $100 worth of Chipotle store credit, among other things! The conference is open to all high school girls in NYC and will be held at Hunter College High School on October 22, 2016 at 1pm. For more information, visit arrownyc.org. Contact arrownyc.contact@gmail.com to register for the event or to ask any questions.

9_p5 Fest at the Browning School — October 22, 2016
The Browning School, 52 E 62nd St, New York, NY

p5 Fest is an opportunity for students and teachers to engage in creative coding. Come spend a day making interactive and engaging digital art with the p5.js library. Teachers will work on bringing p5.js projects to their classes. Students will learn the basics of p5.js and build their creative coding portfolios. Learn more and sign up at www.p5fest.nyc.

10_Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge — Submit by November 18, 2016

The app challenge, part of Verizon Innovative Learning, gives students hands-on experience solving real-world problems with technology. Students gain teamwork skills, exercise critical thinking and build character as they develop ideas for apps. Teams can win up to $20,000 for their school or club and the chance to work with app development experts from MIT to build their concepts into working apps. Open to middle and high school students in schools and nonprofit programs. Learn more and sign up at verizon.com/appchallenge.

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