You have an exciting opportunity to help support Maine CS teachers, expand CS across the state and be the first to know about the expansion of CS opportunities in Maine. Please help us form and run the group that supports Maine’s K-12 and higher education computer science educators!
The following leadership positions at Maine CSTA are available
Nominations for open positions are being accepted from now until February 15. Maine CSTA members will then vote from March 1 to March 15. Terms start April 1.
Please send nominations or self-nominations to Regina Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
The subject line should read: “2019 CSTA Nomination”
Example of nomination: Laura Johns of Surry is a nominee for President.
This is the structure and terms for current open positions-
Vice President (1 year term for April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)
Treasurer (2 year term, April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021)
Secretary (1 year term for April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)
Additional information regarding board structure and duties of the positions can be found by clicking here or by contacting email@example.com
Educate Maine and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance are excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles and CS Discoveries are now open. If you have an interest in teaching either of these courses in 2019-20, please apply today!
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
Expenses: The program fee covers the full year-long program including your teaching materials, 9 days of professional development, workshop supplies, your meals, and housing during the 5-day summer workshop. Additional travel costs are not covered.
The curriculum, online student learning platform and year round support are available to your school at no additional charge.
Applications open on October 5, 2018, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the Professional Learning page for CS Discoveries or CS Principles.
For more information or specific questions, please contact Jason Judd at Educate Maine Jason@educatemaine.org or Ruth Kermish Allen at MMSA firstname.lastname@example.org.
BANGOR, MAINE – December 3, 2018 – Husson University will be celebrating Computer Science Education Week in the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center in Peabody Hall on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a demonstration of a Microsoft Hololens device, as part of an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) demonstration by the University’s student technology club.
“This demonstration will help students better appreciate some of the career options and applications that are being developed in the field of mixed reality,” said Dr. Laura Gurney, an assistant professor of integrated technology at Husson University. “Developing mixed reality presentations, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and augmented virtuality requires graduates who are skilled in computer science including computer vision, computer graphics, and human computer interaction. Here at Husson University, our integrated technology program is helping students prepare for this growing career field.”
The job search website Indeed.com has noticed a significant uptick in job postings for virtual reality (VR) specialists. In 2014, there were only two virtual reality job postings per 1 million job ads. Currently, there are 18 job posting for every million jobs - an increase of about 800%. Among job seekers, there was only one VR job search per million in 2014. Today, there is an average of 19 VR job searches per million - an increase of 1,800%.
This AR/VR demonstration in the campus center is part of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This year, CSEdWeek takes place from December 3 - December 9, 2018.
This annual event is dedicated to inspiring students to take an interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by partners and educators worldwide.
According to the website associated with this weeklong educational event, there are 195,383 CSEdWeek / Hour of Code events that will be taking place around the world.
Gurney feels that it’s important to provide young people with computer science education. “Digital technology has changed the world. As computers become integrated into every aspect of modern life, it becomes increasingly important for people to have an understanding of computer science. This knowledge is now an essential part of participating in our economy and ordering basic goods and services.”
In addition to the campus center demonstration, Dr. Gurney will be traveling to local middle schools and elementary schools to introduce younger students to coding as a potential future career option. On December 4, 2018, she will be holding two sessions at the Brewer Community School at 92 Pendleton Street in Brewer, Maine from 11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. and then again from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. The following day, (Wednesday, December 5, 2018) Dr. Gurney will be at the James F. Doughty School at 143 5th Street in Bangor, Maine from 3 – 4 p.m.
“Husson University is dedicated to helping high school students learn about the benefits of a college education for their future,” said Dr. Marie Hansen, dean of Husson University’s College of Business. “It’s important they see the potential for a variety of fulfilling career options in IT available in the state of Maine.”
For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
Educate Maine and Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance are hosting two free upcoming K-5 workshops for teachers interested in bringing computer science to their classrooms. These workshops are part of the Code.org Professional Learning Program.
Deep Dive Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop
Friday, October 26, 2018 at University of Southern Maine (Portland)
Audience: open to K-5 educators who have attended a CSF workshop in the past and/or have implemented the Code.org CSF curriculum
Click here for more details
Introduction to Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at University of Maine at Augusta
Audience: open to all K-5 educators, librarians, and ed tech specialists
Click here for more details
Please encourage your K-5 colleagues to sign up by forwarding this message to interested educators in your district. The introductory workshop is a great way to learn about computer science for the first time. Breakfast, lunch, curriculum materials, and Code.org swag are all included for this free workshop.
We are excited to announce an awesome opportunity for Exploring Computer Science (ECS) teachers. TALECS would like to help second year+ ECS teachers continue in their professional learning by reflecting on student learning, classroom environment, assessment practices, and creation of assessment tools.
The TALECS professional development is all online—with intensive activity in October, January, and March, and community of practice activities in between. You can expect to devote about three hours per week to TALECS during those three months.
Want to know more? Check out our blog post. If you're interested in participating, contact our partners at TALECS@sri.com.
The Maine STEM Collaborative, with financial support from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is pleased to announce the 2018 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition. The goal of this competition is to provide K-12 educators the opportunity to try out highly innovative ideas in STEM teaching and learning. Although we hope all funded ideas will be successful, we are more interested in stimulating an innovation culture within Maine’s K-12 community that “does not think out of the box, but thinks there is no box”, and empowers educators to “try fast, learn quickly, fail small, and evolve rapidly.” In keeping with these principles, we also encourage ideas that combine the arts, humanities, and/or social sciences with STEM, as long as the outcomes focus on enhancing STEM teaching and learning.
The 2018 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition culminates in a “Fast Pitch” presentation – a high energy, rapid-fire presentation event during which finalists share their vision and impact of their ideas with the audience and judges – in just five minutes! – at the 2018 STEM Summit on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. After the presentations, we will announce grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to the finalists to support implementation of their ideas.
The complete announcement including guidelines and the application package can be viewed and download from the Competition’s webpage at http://www.msgc.org/educators/k12/stem-education-innovation-challenge-grant-competition/
The Maine STEM Collaborative is a statewide unincorporated partnership of over 60 individuals from education, research, business, government, and nonprofit sectors that was formed by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in 2007 to help increase the quality of STEM education, student aspirations, and public awareness of STEM education. We work closely with the Maine STEM Council on outreach to promote STEM educational initiatives, and particularly, the Collaborative’s signature statewide event – the Maine STEM Summit - to bring together those involved in these efforts.
SAVE THE DATE:
Computer Science Teacher Association New England Regional Conference
Working Together to Expand K-12 Computer Science Education:
October 27, 2018
The 2nd Annual Computer Science Teacher Association New England Regional Conference brings together educators and leaders in K-12 and higher education, state policymakers, and industry professionals from across New England to work together to build supportive communities and broaden participation in computer science education. Join us to share best practices, learn new implementation strategies, network with peers, and enhance your pedagogical knowledge in the expanding field of computer science education.
Request for Proposals are open until August 3rd. We encourage proposals for presentations that include, but are not limited to policy, practice, and implementation. Please submit your proposal here.
Registrations will open 8/1. We look forward to seeing you in October.
A 4-day workshop and community of practice for New England teachers
Olsen Hall, 198 Riverside St
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Mon Aug 6 – Thu Aug 9, 2018
co-organized by Fred Martin and Paula Moore
Computer Science Connections for Middle School Teachers is a 4-day professional learning workshop and a followup community of practice. It is designed for all middle school teachers from all subject areas, including both public and private schools. We will be focusing on building connections between computer science and other subjects.
Whether you are new to computer science, intermediate, or advanced, this workshop is for you. We will support teachers in learning a variety of technologies, learning from each other, and integrating computer science into their subject-area teaching practices.
In order to participate, you must (1) be teaching middle school (grades 5–8) in Fall 2018; (2) be able to attend all four days of the summer workshop; (3) provide a letter of support from your school principal; and (4) contribute to the followup community-of-practice virtual (online) meetings.
The workshop and follow-up community of practice sessions will be provided at no charge thanks to support from a Google Educator PD grant. Travel support in the form of free lodging for three or four nights in a UMass Lowell residence hall will be provided to teachers who live more than an hour's commute from UMass Lowell. Travel info is here.
Agenda. Over the first two days, you will be introduced to three different foundational platforms (MIT Scratch, MIT App Inventor mobile app development, and the BBC micro:bit with e-textile, maker and robotics activities). Then, you'll have a day and a half for your own deep dive / design project. Throughout the workshop, we'll have unplugged activities, mini-sessions on computer science topics, and share-out talks from experienced CS teachers.For the final afternoon, we’ll share out in a session where district administrators are also invited.
Hours. CS Connections meets 8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day Mon–Thu. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day. On Tuesday, there will be an evening dinner social.
PDPs. UMass Lowell is an authorized PD provider for Massachusetts. Teachers will receive 28 hours of PDPs
Meet up scheduled for June 6, from 5PM -7PM at the Bangor Beer Company.
Bangor Beer Company
330 Bangor Mall Blvd, Bangor, ME 04401
Date: Monday, August 13th from 9am - 4pm
Location: Maine State House (Hall of Flags), Maine State Library (Atrium), and Various Committee Rooms in the Maine State House
Attendees: Open to the public
Presenters: K-12 schools, Higher Education, Businesses with Employees Engaged in Computer Science Work, Non-Profits, Informal Learning Providers, Companies that have Computer Science Education Products, etc.
Activities: Attendees can join presentations, hear from panelists from multiple industries, and visit booths with hands-on learning opportunities
Topics that will be explored include: What is Computer Science? What is it not? Where do we see it both in Maine and in our everyday lives? What is the skill set our students need to be successful in an evolving workforce that is coming to rely more and more on Computer Science? How can we foster more partnerships, collaboration, and access to resources between educators, non-profits and businesses? What resources exist to help educators integrate computer science into their teaching and learning practice?
If you are interested in presenting at Computer Science Day, please submit the following application by June 4th, 2018!
Application to present: http://bit.ly/csday2018presenters
Questions? You can contact:
Amanda Nguyen, Maine Department of Education, Digital Learning Specialist (Amanda.Nguyen@maine.gov)
Jamie Ritter, Maine State Library, Maine State Librarian, (James.Ritter@maine.gov)
Jason Judd, Educate Maine, Program Director, Project>Login (email@example.com)