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The Download a bi-weekly update on the NC cs initiative

Introducing 2020-21 #IAmCS Ambassadors!

As teacher leaders who have demonstrated exemplary service to NC students in the field of Computer Science, I want to thank each of you for such a robust & passionate response to the call for #IAmCS Ambassador applications back in February. Though we all have had to pivot in light of COVID-19, we are ecstatic to begin moving forward in welcoming you officially as the first cohort of teacher leaders to serve in this capacity. We are all working hard to close the school year by ensuring that we maintaining positive remote learning communication & environments for our students, & with our sights set on 2020-21 we know that Computer Science, STEM, & coding will play a big role in learning moving forward.

Digital Literacy Coach (STEM Educator), Edgecombe County Schools

How do you promote CS? I promote Computer Science with my scholars through the use of digital tools such as iPads, Ozobots, Dash & Dot, Spheros, and Makey Makeys. I use these resources to integrate computer science into core areas. Currently, I am facilitating a Girls Who Code club at my school, which encourages young ladies to participate in coding and computer programming.I was recently awarded with a $4,500 PRISM grant from Burroughs Wellcome, which will promote our grades 3-5 young ladies in after school computer programming and robotics.

Instructional Coach, Columbus County Schools

How do you promote CS? I fought hard to get AP CSP to my school for my kids. We are currently the only one in this part of the state. This summer and next year, I will do all I can to get Computer Science into every school within my region! I am working very hard to keep a digital journal of what is happening during my first year teaching AP CSP and saving EVERYTHING I make/design to share with other teachers in NC so I can empower them to empower their students.

Instructional Design Specialist, Beaufort County Schools

How do you promote CS? I promote Computer Science by designing ways to integrate CS into the core curriculum. CS should be a part of school culture; integrated into every class; not siloed to a specific teacher or class. Computer Science is a part of our everyday lives and it should be a part of our everyday at school. I come from an Alternative School background and I have seen how computer science can impact students. My vision is to move away from pockets of computer science in segregated groups to the inclusion of computer science in day to day learning.

Digital Integration Facilitator, Moore County Schools

How do you promote CS? As a Digital Integration Facilitator, I am leading the change in the integration of Computer Science and robotics in the schools that I serve. In addition to facilitating robotics lessons in K-8 classes, I also provide computer science professional development for teachers in my schools. I collaborate with teachers to share ways they can implement Computer Science into their curriculum areas.

Certified Technical Educator, Durham Public Schools

How do you promote CS? I encourage students to certified in the Internet of Things (IoT). My goal is to connect students with industry-recognized certifications and business partners. CompTia, Cisco Networking Academy, SAS Programming, Drone Technology. It is imperative for students to be globally ready.

Computer Science Teacher, Wake County Public Schools

How do you promote CS? I teach Computer Science to 180 students a day at Alston Ridge Middle School in Cary, NC. I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade Computer Science and build relationships with those students to take the next level class in CS. I also encourage 8th graders to take CS in high school and let them know about available courses at our feeder high schools.

2nd Grade Educator/After School Program Director, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

How do you promote CS? Over the past 5 years, I have owned and operated a variety of STEAM programs throughout North Carolina. The primary tool that I utilize while instructing students in coding is the program Code.org. Last year, I built and cultivated a partnership with Microsoft, which enabled our students from a variety of cultural backgrounds to gain exposure to a variety of challenging Computer Science courses and events throughout the school year and summer months.

4th Grade Math Educator, Sampson County Schools

How do you promote CS? In my classroom, we do a lot of problem solving, creative and critical thinking. That is one of the main criteria for Computer Science. I encourage digital learning and experiences. I also encourage my kids to think outside of the math and we discuss a lot, about how math and technology is used in everyday life. Outside of the classroom, I have done hours of researching on grants and STEAM education.

Work-Based Learning Navigator - New Resources

As we navigate through this difficult transition, North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is working hard to ensure high-quality work-based learning opportunities are provided for students across NC. As of today, The Navigator has over 300 new virtual resources to assist you with remote learning. They include:

  • New video modules aligned with microbiology standards for MS and HS microbiology standards taught by a scientist from Novozymes.
  • Virtual Guest Speakers, Careers – connect with industry professionals and learn about what they do and their career journey
  • Virtual Guest Speakers, Content Expert – connect with the experts to provide real-world applications to your lessons
  • Lesson plans from the NC Museum of Art
  • Tours from NC Museum of History
  • Statistics in Schools and Census Academy, curriculum developed by the US Census to teach data science and math for remote learning
  • Videos and music curriculum from the NC Symphony
  • STEM activities from NASA
  • Come Hear NC Artist Profiles
  • Virtual internships – Connect with professionals willing to assist CTE concentrators in obtaining their WBL experience
  • New educational games
  • New computer science and tech curriculum developed by Apple, AWS, Dell, and Google;
  • New Personal Finance Curriculum developed by Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Truist, and Wells Fargo
  • New Construction curriculum and videos developed by Barnhill and She Built This City
  • Entrepreneurship curriculum, games, and projects developed by The Brian Hamilton Foundation

As an educator, you have automatic access to the platform. Log on to the platform through the EdCloud with the Navigator icon on your tray. More information about the NCBCE can be found on their website or contact Kiya Edwards, Program Manager.

Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies

The Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies is a recipient of the NCDPI Coding and Mobile App Grant. Although their time was cut short, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were able to adapt and continue the drone applications of the grant in their remote learning digital ecosystem. Originally the students were to use photogrammetry to map areas of downtown Elizabeth City, NC; but that was shifted to students learning another skill related to photogrammetry - remote drone piloting. Below is a video, documenting this phenomenal learning experience.

Virtual Summer Immersion Program for Girls

Girls Who Code has hosted an in-person immersion coding program since 2012 in select cities. With the challenges presented by the COVID-19 health crisis, they have elected to move this transformative programming online, regardless of student location. This 2-week virtual program teaches 9th–11th grade girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community, while preparing for a career in tech.

Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood -- all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Disney, and more. Current 9th-11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. Need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but classrooms are filling up fast! Apply today at girlswhocode.com/virtualsipform or learn more in a webinar.

Learn more about how to get started by joining the next live 30 min webinar or email clubs@girlswhocode.com

Code at Home Activities Girls Who Code has developed FREE downloadable Code at Home activities for parents to use with their children or teachers to use with their students in response to COVID-19 needs. We're releasing a new one every week. Sign up today!

Computer Science/STEM Innovations

Autumn Williams, one of our newest #IAmCS Ambassadors, would like to share a new SCS Computer Science website highlighting Computer Science - The Science of Technology. This platform:

  • Showcases the importance of pursuing IT certifications
  • Offers students employability skills to enter a technical global market upon graduation and
  • Demonstrates how computer science relates to more than one branch of knowledge.

Learn more - The Science of Technology

Computer Science Fundamentals

We constantly receive information from fellow educators and stakeholders in the field offering computer science related activities and tips to effectively engage students. The below link shared by Sheronica Sharp was compiled by a colleague to provide CS Fundamentals.

You can find those resources using the below links.

Technovation Girls - Virtual Judges Are Needed

Learn more about Technovation Girls

Photo from http://buttonsandfigs.com/

According to their website, Buttons & Figs inspires kids to think critically and express creatively through wordplay. It is a fun, educational program for parents, kids, parents, educators, librarians and anyone who values wordplay. It introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry and songs as a way to give them permission to play with words. One way they do this is through their podcast. Subscriptions are free and you can use SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes.

Listen to some of their recent podcasts on their platform Buttons & Figs

Free Online Beat Making & Filmmaking Courses

KRE8ivU is thrilled to announce their new online Music Production and Cinematography/Filmmaking courses. They will be utilizing online software made for music, podcast recording, and video editing called Soundtrap and WeVideo.

No experience is needed to enjoy these online courses. They start this month and end the last week of June. To register, visit KRE8ivU.

Dr. Hemphill recently recorded a testimonial with other leaders in Computer Science. You can view it and others here.

For more information about the NC Computer Science Initiative, contact our team:

K-12 Director of Computer Science - Mary Hemphill, Ph.D., mary.hemphill@dpi.nc.gov

Computer Science Chief Administrator - Sheneka Revis, Sheneka.revis@dpi.nc.gov

Credits:

Created with images by Surface - "Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 in Platinum Shot by: Nathan Dumlao " • Josh Sorenson - "untitled image" • Mimi Thian - "untitled image" • Emma Matthews Digital Content Production - "Things To Do Flat Lay" • Alexander Sinn - "Pixel Heart" • Icons8 Team - "Pink headphones on a pastel background" • Jakob Owens - "Beach Bae" • Maximalfocus - "Abstract blue Neon Light with Mirrors and cubical spheres in in Melbournes CBD"