October 2023 Member Newsletter
We hope you have a wonderful MEA Weekend!
In this month's newsletter, you'll find information about two options for our CSTA-MN member meeting next week, state grant funding opportunities, upcoming CS events, AI articles, and more.
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October Member Meeting(s)

Our CSTA-MN chapter will meet next week at two separate times on Tuesday (10/24). Each meeting will share the same structure and content. Meetings are scheduled to last 30 minutes. We are offering the meeting at two times to offer more flexibility to join at a time that is most convenient to you.
Please save this in your calendar:
  • 3:30 meeting, Tuesday, October 24 · 3:30 – 4:00pm
CSTA-MN Meeting
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jwn-sock-nrx
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 484-367-5607‬ PIN: ‪448 209 542‬#
  • 6:30 meeting, Tuesday, October 24 6:30 - 7:00pm
CSTA-MN Meeting 2.0 
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xpx-wkbz-ghj 
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 775-319-7320‬ PIN: ‪110 652 417‬# 

AI Summit for Educators 

  • October 28th (Edina High School) 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • What You’ll Learn: (1) Overview of what AI is and it isn’t; (2) Impact of AI on our classrooms and society; (3) Tools for navigating with AI
  • Takeaway: A morning of hands-on learning about the impact of AI in MN classrooms.
  • Register for this event here.


Minnesota AP/IB STEM Grant – State Fund FY24 through FY26

State funding is available to charter schools, school districts and cooperative units for the purpose of raising kindergarten through grade 12 academic achievement through increased student participation in Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, particularly for historically underserved student groups.

This is the second posting of this grant opportunity; approximately $225,000 is available to fund 3-4 grants up to $75,000 each (max award).
Applications are due November 3, 2023, with an anticipated grant period of January 2024 through June 2026.


Aspirations in Computing

  • Applications opened September 1 and close November 6
  • Female-identified and gender-marginalized students in 9-12
  • Educator awards 
  • Request posters


CSTA Conference 2024 - Las Vegas

July 16 - 19, 2024
Proposals for presentation are due October 30, 2023

AI News and Tools

This piece introduces a rating system that measures AI involvement in creative works.  It ranges from 0 to 5, with 0 indicating no AI involvement and 5 indicating little human involvement. This could be a useful tool in starting that   conversation about what collaboration between humans and AI might look like. 
             Mentor. 2. Tutor 3. Coach. 4. Student 5. Teammate 6. Simulator 7. Tool
            Advanced explanation of LLMs from OpenAI. 

CSTA-MN Book Club (2023-2024)

CSTA-MN is hosting a book club this fall with the book Data, Responsibly (Vol. 1), Mirror Mirror, a free downloadable comic discussing AI, algorithms, equity, access, and more.  Would you be interested in participating in the CSTA-MN fall book club?

If yes, please complete this book club interest form.

Book club will meet next on November 1, 2023. Contact Rachelle Haroldson (rachelle.haroldson@uwrf.edu) for more information.

Curricular Resources


Job Opportunities

For more opportunities, check out the CSTA job board: https://jobs.csteachers.org/