Look in Upcoming Events for opportunities for university partners, districts, and teachers.

Upcoming Events

UPCOMING: More opportunities for Maryland teachers to dig deeper into computer science and build a local community of CS teachers:

  1. NOVEMBER 16: Mt. St. Mary's College is hosting a computing teacher meetup with CSTA-Maryland around coding with kids and artificial intelligence for everyone.
    • Date & time: Saturday, November 16th, 2019 9am - 2pm. Location: Mt. St. Mary's College Frederick Campus, 5350 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 21703. Registration link. Parking is free on location. Lunch will be provided for teachers who sign up before 11/12.
    • View the agenda for the Mt. St. Marys Nov 16 details the week before
  2. DECEMBER 4: CSTA-MD Southern MD is hosting a meetup for teachers at Westlake High school, 3300 Middletown Rd, Waldorf, MD, 12/4/19 from 6:30-8pm. All grade levels welcome. Contact Shane Wines (Calvert), Nora Blasko (St Mary's), Renee Henderson (Prince George's), or Tom Thompson (Charles) for more information. 

PREVIOUSLY: Salisbury University is offering a full day of CS professional development on the Eastern Shore for teachers of CS in K-12.

Date & time: Friday, November 8th, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm Location: Frederick Room Academic Commons Salisbury University. Registration: link Parking: link. View the  PD Poster for Salisbury Nov 8 for details.


Maryland colleges and universities with education programs:

Consider applying for a grant to add computer science to your education programs.

The RFP for Round #2 grants are currently available to build a secondary CS pathway, or to integrate CS and computational thinking into K-8, or choose a MCCE_Preservice_CS_education_mini_grant.pdf to enable professional development and collaboration within your department of education to update existing courses.

Due to additional interest in the grants, the timeline for application is being extended for proposals to Monday, November 25, 2019. See the RFP Round #2 detail page.

This RFP and related documents are located at cs4md.com. 

Upcoming cohorts for secondary CS teacher certification

  • COMING IN SPRING 2020: Become a certified secondary CS teacher, 1-day workshop followed by online coursework 
    Read more about the MCCE grant program to reward teachers who add on a CS endorsement.

Support for new CS teachers

Are you teaching a new CS class for the first time? Do you want an online mentor to help explain upcoming lessons, help you prepare for possible challenges,  or answer questions? Sign up for the online mentor program to be paired with an experienced mentor and attend daily help sessions.

Scratch & Scratch Jr. workshops

Scratch is a free program that can be downloaded or used online to create endless imaginative stories, games, presentations and simulations.

Scratch Jr. is a free app that allows young children (ages 5-7) to program their own interactive stories and games. In this creative environment, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves on a computer.

BootUp PD is coming to Maryland to help build sustainable programs based on project based, integrated content. Contact MCCE for more information if your district is interested.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a free tablet app developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Tufts University’s Developmental Technologies Research Group. Available on iPad, Android, and Amazon tablets, the app helps kids ages 5-8 learn core coding concepts as they create their own interactive stories and games using PBS KIDS characters. PBS KIDS ScratchJr is available in both English and Spanish, and incorporates PBS KIDS media properties, including characters from Wild Kratts, WordGirl, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, Arthur, Nature Cat, and Ready Jet Go! By snapping together colorful programming blocks, kids can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, they solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively using technology. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids aren’t just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady@usmd.edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin@usmd.edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.