Registration open for MD CS Summit at Bowie State April 20
Registration coming soon for July 6-10 and 20-24 = statewide Summer CS PD submit requests for workshops

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for CS TEACHERS
  1. 2/22 SOMD CSTA meetup 9am-3pm at the Tech Center in Leonardtown, MD: free, fun, collaboration and learning. all welcome! Sign up at
  2. 4/20 Mark your calendar for the annual MD CS summit. Learn what’s going on all across in the state in K-12. Registration coming soon.
  3. Summer CS PD July 6-10 and 20-24. PLEASE HELP US PLAN what PD would benefit you most. Note: PD is open for registration now.
  4. August AI teacher workshop
  5. The next cohort of teachers accepted into the Praxis CS study program will be April 1, 2020. Apply for the free study program and see if you qualify to earn a stipend for completing the program and earning a CS endorsement.
Upcoming events and resources for CS STUDENTS and classrooms
  1. St. Charles Hackathon. For new and experienced high school students. Registration is coming soon for the event on Feb 29-March 1 noon to noon.
  2. NOW is a good time to try out Girls Go Cyberstart. A great place for new beginners! Open access to level 1 is from 1/13 to 2/14 followed by the actual game starting 2/10. It’s fun and free and anyone can try out the practice materials
  3. You can play picoCTF all year round for fun, exploration and practice
  4. Use any of these free resources in your classroom to introduce ideas about artificial intelligence:
  1. Java review for the AP CS A exam
  2. Khan academy review for the AP CS P exam
Opportunities For SCHOOLS
  1. Amazon future engineer program with Edhesive. Get free curriculum and support for qualifying schools.

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

  1. OPEN NOW: Girls Go Cyberstart registration is open This fun, free, and interactive online program is composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. Over 10K high school girls have taken part and loved the Girls Go CyberStart program so far! High school teachers across the US can help find the next cybersecurity superstars by becoming Advisors and running a Girls Go CyberStart Club in their school. No experience needed.
  2. FEBRUARY 22, 2020: Southern MD CSTA will host a full day of CS teacher activities. Stay tuned for details.
  3. APRIL 20, 2020 Save the date for the next, annual MD CS Summit
  4. JULY 6-10, 2020 Save the date for a week of summer PD for all Maryland CS teachers, counselors and administrators.


  • DECEMBER 4: CSTA-MD Southern MD hosted a meetup for teachers at Westlake High school, 3300 Middletown Rd, Waldorf, MD, 12/4/19 from 6:30-8pm. All grade levels welcome. December's meeting is hosted by Tom Thompson. Meeting details: Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603, Room 108. 
  •  NOVEMBER 16: Mt. St. Mary's College hosted a computing teacher meetup with CSTA-Maryland around coding with kids and artificial intelligence for everyone. Saturday, November 16th, 2019 9am - 2pm. Location: Mt. St. Mary's College Frederick Campus, 5350 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 21703. 
  • NOVEMBER 8: Salisbury University offered a full day of CS professional development on the Eastern Shore for teachers of CS in K-12. Friday, November 8th, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm Location: Frederick Room Academic Commons Salisbury University. View the  PD Poster for Salisbury Nov 8 for details.
  • DECEMBER 9-15: Be sure to participate in the Hour of Code! There is something new for everyone. Do you want some pointers? Join a webinar for Maryland teachers to share their favorite activities and ideas.



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 for fall 2019 are finished. The timeline for application was extended for proposals to Monday, November 25, 2019

The RFP for Round #3 grants for spring 2020 will be coming in the spring.

Grants are 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.


This RFP and related documents are located at 

--- Learn Computer Science --- Change the World --- Hour of Code ---

Remember that the hour of code is available all year long as a way to demonstrate a variety of applications of computing from AI to journalism to robotics. The hour of code is a great activity to bring families together to experience code together and see that it is something that everyone can do. Free family event planning kits are available at Do you want some advice from other Maryland teachers on great ways to participate in the Hour of Code?


If you missed the webinar on Zoom ( it started late because of some technical difficulties) watch the recording to find out more. (see below for details)

Some of our favorite activities:

Upcoming cohorts for secondary CS teacher certification

  • COMING IN WINTER 2019 and 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.

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff,
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin,
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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Maryland Center for Computing Education
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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.