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The MCCE and USM are working to continue to support our many projects and will provide online options as needed.

Summer CS PD for Middle School 2020

Most sessions are offered at both Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD the week of July 6-10 and Hood College in Frederick, MD the week of July 20-24. 8:30-4. Teacher stipends may be offered to attendees who are approved, through their local school system.

 Code.org CS Discoveries - full course Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 - 10th grade students. Mapped to CTSA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem-solving, programming, physical computing, user-centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems. This course is also known in Maryland as FOCS. (5 days M-F with 4 follow-up sessions during the school year. )  Register

CS Discoveries Units 3-4   Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 - 10th grade students. Mapped to CTSA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science. This workshop focuses on the programming and design process used in Units 3-4. (4 days M-Th) Register
Micro:bit projects  This is an introduction to coding and computer science by way of making and design, using the revolutionary new micro:bit microcontroller board, and Microsoft's easy and powerful MakeCode block-based coding environment. It is a project-based curriculum with a maker philosophy at its core; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning the coding and computer science concepts. Your school will need to purchase a class set of micro:bits (about $225) in order to offer this to a class of 30 students. Download the free curriculum to get started and see what creative projects are available.(3 days M-W) Register
Minecraft  Coding in Minecraft, from creating one line of code to reverse engineering pre-written code, inspires students to engage in Computer Science. In this course, you will learn to apply Microsoft MakeCode in Block Code and JavaScript format directly in Minecraft: Education Edition. Throughout the course, you will be guided through both Minecraft and the Code Builder applications to explore how code can be used to create basic to complex learning opportunities and have an immediate impact on learning and teaching both in and beyond the Computing Studies classroom. Be sure to visit education.minecraft.com/download to download the free software and bring a mouse along to make the experience the best possible. Download the free curriculum at Minecraft EDU for computer science or for general topics. (2 days Th-F) Register
 Scratch Projects  With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Adapt Scratch to any subject area using many high-quality existing lessons and curriculum. Note: this session is for grades 3-8. M-W each week (3 days M-W)  Register
 School counselors This workshop by counselors for counselors focuses on an understanding of the disciplines and career awareness in computing and cyber. Developed by NCWIT, Counselors 4 Computing is a national program to broaden the diversity of students in technology. (1 day W)  registration coming
Praxis prep If you have already taught at least one section of computer science and are interested in the add-on endorsement to teach CS by taking the Praxis test. Attend our  Apply and register

 Are you interested in learning more on your own? here are suggested study materials:


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

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot 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.