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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) is seeking reliable, analytical, detail oriented individuals for two internship positions in data science. MMSA (www.mmsa.org) is a unique organization in Augusta, Maine, whose mission is to increase aspirations and improve performance in K-16 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, both in and outside of school. Each intern will work on one major research project throughout the summer term and may also participate with MMSA staff on ongoing research projects. The intern will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings and interact with MMSA researchers. Interns will be expected to produce a written report, suitable for conference presentation and/or white paper publication (potentially on MMSA website), as evidence of successful completion of their project. One of MMSA’s researchers will serve as the intern’s primary mentor, but the interns will interact with other MMSA staff. Potential intern projects for 2018 may include the following:
The internship duration is 6-8-weeks and is located at our office in Augusta, ME. Interns
will need to attend a few meetings in Augusta at the beginning of the internship, and the
rest of the work can be completed remotely. Interns will be required to attend weekly
check-ins either in Augusta or through video-conference with their MMSA research mentor.
The internship will start the second or third week of June unless otherwise negotiated.
MMSA will provide $12-$15 an hour for 10-15 hours of work per week for the term of the
If you have questions about the position or application process please email Dr. Scott Byrd
at email@example.com. To apply for the internship program, candidates should submit the
following materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is May 29.
1. A letter of interest explaining: 1) how the candidate’s experience and skills relate to
MMSA’s work; 2) why the candidate would be a good fit with MMSA and our work; and,
3) what the candidate hopes to gain from the experience.
2. Curriculum vita or resume
3. Two letters of reference (one should be from the candidate’s academic advisor, mentor,
or department chair).
We're so excited to share news on the amazing momentum computer science education has seen over the last four months.
Throughout the United States, education leaders and policymakers are joining forces to bring computer science classes to our schools. Since January, 20 states from Alabama to Wyoming have passed laws and funded $49 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science.
Every student in every K-12 school deserves an opportunity to learn computer science. This gives students a chance to start on a pathway toward the highest-paying tech jobs; and because technology will impact every sector, computer science is foundational for any 21st-century career. The teacher-led movement for computer science now boasts 850,000 teachers, and education leaders and policymakers are responding to this grassroots support.
These 20 states passed new laws or initiatives to support K-12 computer science (CS) since January of this year:
Meanwhile, at the federal level, new grant guidelines prioritize funding for computer science in schools, and Congress’ 2018 federal budget has dedicated $50 million per year for STEM and computer science.
The momentum behind computer science in schools has never been stronger. In just five years, 43 states have taken steps to support this movement. Internationally, 25 countries have announced national plans.
Thank you to the incredible partners in the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, our local champions, and members of the computer science community helping to drive these reforms within their states. None of this work would be possible without all of these individuals and organizations working together toward the vision of expanding access to computer science.
Our children owe a debt of gratitude to every teacher, volunteer, business leader, and policymaker who has advocated or supported the simple idea that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. Thanks to you, when history looks back on this decade, the push to add computer science to schools will be seen as one of the fastest-spreading movements in all education.
Thank you for helping create a better future for our children,
President, Code.org Advocacy Coalition