News Category: computer-science

DFW CSTA Members Call for Proposals, 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference

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Nov. 6, 2018

DFW CSTA Members, the 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference is coming up February 23rd, 2019 for all high school teachers who teach any of the following courses: 

  • Computer Programming
  • Advanced Computer Programming
  • Computer Science I
  • Computer Science II
  • Computer Science III
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • IB DP Computer Science SL/HL

Proposals for presenting at the conference are open and due by November 30th, 2018. Topics of interest to DFQ CSTA members:

2019 CSTA Annual Conference, Call for Proposals Open

By Community Author
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Nov. 6, 2018

Applications are now open to present at the 20th anniversary CSTA Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Submit your application by 11:59 PM PT December 2nd, 2018. We encourage educators from all grades and experience levels to consider submitting a proposal. We’re looking for proposals from educators that are:

UT and Austin ISD have an ‘AWSM’ plan get more women in Computer Science

By Christian Bazán
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Oct. 19, 2018

Over the past five years, Texas has seen significant improvement in high school computer science (CS) enrollment, yet growth in female enrollment continues to lag. According to data collected by the UT STEM Center, in 2017 only 26% of students completing a CS course were female. Additionally, Code.org reported females accounted for only 27% of the Advanced Placement (AP) CS exams taken in 2017.

How will we teach cybersecurity in our high schools? UT-led CS Task Force offers six critical recommendations.

By Christian Bazán
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Oct. 17, 2018

The Texas Computer Science Task Force released its 2018 report "Preparing Texas Students for the Cyber Economy" to the public today. The report recommends several policy changes and details a new high school computer science (CS) pathway culminating in a capstone cybersecurity course.

National Alliance for Expanding Computing Education Pathways has a new home at The University of Texas at Austin

By Christian Bazán
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Sept. 24, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the UT STEM Center a three-year $2.5 million grant to lead the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance. ECEP is one of eight Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances (BPC) funded by the NSF to increase the number and diversity of students in K-16 pathways. ECEP works with state leadership teams to achieve this goal through education policy reform. First launched in 2012 through an NSF grant to Georgia Tech and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ECEP has since grown through four phases from two states to sixteen and Puerto Rico. Building on the existing network of ECEP states noted in the map above, the ECEP leadership team is pleased to announce the fifth phase addition of six new states to the Alliance: Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

This fall, get prepared, get certified, and get $1000!

By Stephen Gray
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Sept. 20, 2018

This fall, the UT STEM Center’s WeTeach_CS program is offering a $1,000 stipend, through the Certification Incentive Program (CIP), to currently certified Texas educators who add a CS certification to their resume. Combined with our Online and In-Person Certification Prep offerings, WeTeach_CS is making it easy for you to get prepared, get certified, and get your stipend!

STEM Center Deputy Director Dr. Carol Fletcher to speak at CSforAll Knowledge Forum 2018 in El Paso

By Stephen Gray
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Sept. 10, 2018

The STEM Center's Deputy Director, Dr. Carol Fletcher, will join Dr. Kamau Bobb and Lien Diaz of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech on stage during the CSforAll Knowledge Forum 2018 being held on the campus of UT El Paso from September 12-13, 2018.

Google names STEM Center as recipient of CS Education Research Award

By Stephen Gray
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Aug. 30, 2018

Just before the start of the 2018-19 school year, Google named the UT STEM Center as a recipient of a Computer Science (CS) Education Research Award. These awards are aimed at addressing the need for more research into the best ways to improve and expand CS education. The UT STEM Center is honored to be one of five institutions across the nation to receive a CS Education Research Award. 

PSA contest to play big role in CyberSecurity Awareness Month plans to reach Texas students

By Stephen Gray
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Aug. 24, 2018

The Texas Department of Information Resources Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (DIR OCISO) has announced that this year they will be hosting a CyberSecurity Public Service Announcement competition for Texas high school students grades 9-12. Students are encouraged to learn about four designated cybersecurity topics and submit a 30 second PSA promoting cybersecurity awareness by October 5th to be considered for selection.

Too busy for Professional Development? Not with online courses from the UT STEM Center!

By Stephen Gray
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Aug. 20, 2018

Back to school is a busy time for teachers, but don’t let that deter you from getting the professional development you need to improve your practice for the 2018-19 school year. To help out, the UT STEM Center are offering both self-paced and facilitated online professional development experiences for CS and STEM teachers who don’t have time to attend a full workshop during this busy time of year.