March 2024 Member Newsletter
 
Our next CSTA-MN is coming up next week on March 26, 2024.
  • 3:30 - 4:00 PM Central Time (register)
  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM Central Time (register)
We hope you can join us for either of our meeting times! The same content is shared at both times.
 

NEWS

Release of State Plan

Stay tuned! Minnesota’s finalized plan for Computer Science education will be presented to the Minnesota Legislature by March 22. Check here for the state’s strategic plan: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/stds/ComputerScience/

 

RESOURCES

Reinvented magazine

This is the first STEM magazine written by women for women of STEM.  “Our mission is to reinvent the general perception of women in STEM fields while inspiring interest in STEM for young women worldwide. Reinvented Magazine aspires to break barriers and aid the movement to get more girls involved in STEM by creating the nation's first print magazine for women in STEM.”
 

Hello World issue all about AI and Education

In this issue:  “educators explore a range of topics related to teaching and AI, including what is AI literacy and how do we teach it; gender bias in AI and what we can do about it; how to speak to young children about AI; and why anthropomorphism hinders learners’ understanding of AI.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

STEM Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 26, 2024.  The Minnesota STEM Ecosystem and SciMathMN invite you to join us for a morning of STEM exhibitions, demonstrations, and networking! We will be showcasing a wide array of STEM-based programming across Minnesota through hands-on, interactive, and student-focused learning innovations at the 2024 STEM Day at the Capitol.
 

March Member Meeting

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 3:30 & 6:30 PM (see registration links above)
 

MNCodes Educator Summit (April 13th)

  • Register here.
  • Join us for the 9th annual MNCodes Educator Summit on April 13th! This is a free and virtual opportunity for educators to learn more about computer science education from educators, community members, researchers and industry leaders elevating computer science educational opportunities across the state of Minnesota and beyond! Learn more about the event and the sessions offered here.
  • Summit Keynote: Kathy Giori and John Maloney from MicroBlocks will highlight how they are using physical computing to support educators and students in integrating computer science across subject areas!

 

Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference (April 16-19)

  • Agenda
  • CS and STEM Presentations, including:
  • Integrating Lessons of Three Sisters plantings with Computer Science Learning (Paul Schonfeld)
  • Computer Science Education for Indigenous Students (Jen Rosato, Valerie Tanner, Tami Liberty, Caleb Dunlap, Andrea Wilson Vazquez)
  • Infusing Ojibwemowin into STEAM (Anjanette Parisien and Siena Braun)
  • Centering Ancestral Knowledge in STEM Education (Brittany Anderson)
  • Register here

CSTA Annual Conference (July 16th - 19th)

As a computer science teacher, you are often the only one in your building, or maybe even in your district. There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. Connect with the world’s largest CS department at the CSTA 2024 Annual Conference, set for July 16–19, 2024, in Las Vegas!  Applications for scholarships are now open until April 1st. Learn more about the conference and plan your trip by checking out their website here.

Save the Date: Scratch Conference 2024: Create Your Own Adventure

The Scratch Conference is an international gathering of educators, researchers, and developers, sharing ideas and strategies for supporting creative learning and creative coding. Join us on July 24 for hands-on workshops exploring new Scratch and ScratchJr activities, interactive panel discussions, and demonstrations of innovative Scratch extensions and integrated technologies. Learn more about the conference here.
 
 
 

PD HIGHLIGHTS

April 4th: Introduction to Game Development with Scratch 

A virtual session on introducing game development to students. No previous experience required! All participants walk away with a ready-to-go lesson plan to try out with students.  (register)

April 13th: Python in Education: For Beginners

A virtual session focused on the basics of Python. No previous experience required! All participants walk away with a ready to go lesson plan to try out with students.  (register)
 

June 24th - 28th: Computer Science Discoveries (6-10)

Year-long CSTA Accredited PD for PK-12 educators. Each month teachers explore a variety of CS topics, examine equity and belonging in CS, and network with other educators.  (register)
 

June 24th - 28th: CS Principles (9-12)

A 5-day in-person summer workshop held at Target North Campus focused on preparing educators to utilize Code.org curriculum and support systems.  (register)
 

June 24th - 28th: CS-A (10-12)

A 5-day in-person summer workshop held at Target North Campus focused on preparing educators to utilize Code.org curriculum and support systems.  (register)
 
 

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Code Explorers

This is a free and welcoming environment for students ages 8 and up to learn and explore a variety of computer science topics, and programs alongside dedicated industry mentors. All sessions have a virtual and in-person option for students! Below are the upcoming dates for our spring sessions! In-person sessions are held from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at Minneapolis College. Virtual sessions are held from 10:00 - noon. Register below:

Girls Who Code Summer Programs

Do you have high school students looking for opportunities to learn more about computer science this summer? Apply for Girls Who Code’s virtual Summer Immersion program and learn game design with fellow students, or choose the 6-week Self-Paced Program to learn about AI, cybersecurity, and more! If you are a 9th-12th grade girl or non-binary student interested in leveling up your coding skills and having fun, apply today! Both programs are free! You can learn more here

Science Museum of Minnesota: Summer Camps

The Science Museum of Minnesota hosts a variety of summer programming for students in grades 1 to 6 that introduces them to programming with Scratch and more! Check out the library of opportunities they have set for programming this summer here!

Coding Camps at The Works Museum

Explore coding, sequencing, and logic at our coding camps for kids ages 6-12. Your camper can program their own robot creations, assemble a Raspberry Pi system, use Python coding language, and more. Learn more about this summer opportunity here!

Job Opportunities

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