LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Computer science

Akron students win second straight Congressional App Challenge prize, meet their coach

Since 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives has staged an annual district by district computer science, or “app,” competition for students. The aim of the Congressional App Challenge is to foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM in schools. One Ohio congressman, Rep. Tim Ryan, co-chaired the competition in 2017, and one school has won twice in his district in northeastern Ohio. Teams from the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School in Akron created the two winning […]

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Ask a teacher: How are you closing the gap in Computer Science?

“It was actually quite unusual to see such a high percentage of why (students) don’t go into technology: intimidation…this is a way to break that.” – Patrick Cummins, Bexley High School Code.org, in partnership with Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is changing the face of computer science. Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the Code.org Professional Learning Program offers year-round support to begin teaching these courses. Patrick Cummins has […]

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Join Ohio’s Code.org Computer Science professional development this year

A new cohort of Ohio teachers will be selected for Code.org’s Computer Science professional development. Applications are open now. Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long learning experience for middle and high school educators interested in teaching Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or Computer Science Principles (high school) courses. Participants will explore Computer Science curriculum and tools, experiment with specific teaching strategies, and join a local community of teachers using this curriculum. Teachers who apply and are accepted […]

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View from Ohio on new federal STEM plan

by Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network  Earlier this month, the White House released a new federal strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education (download).  Last Tuesday, we shared featured STEMx director Wes Hall’s initial thoughts on the plan. I’ve spent the last week diving more deeply into the plan understand the implications for Ohio educators and schools. The plan aims to do two things. First, coordinate the work of […]

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New federal STEM plan released, read our first thoughts

Note from Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network: When I first talked with many of you at our meeting in July, I explained my intention that our network would start to expand its understanding and influence over education policy. Today, there’s big news on that topic. The White House has unveiled a new report that will guide investments by federal agencies and seeks to influence the national conversation on STEM education. Including Ohio. We’ll continue reading through […]

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Countdown to CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) encourages students to take the leap and try out computer science. CSEdWeek 2018 will begin in just one week and runs from December 3-9. The celebration ends with a recognition of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born December 9, 1906. There are lots of ways to bring computer science into your classroom. Many Ohio teachers will celebrate the week with #HourofCode events. More than 800 events are planned around the state. Looking for a […]

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Spread the word about #hourofcode with your ideas on creativity

November 19: Thanks to all of you who joined in! It’s time to unveil our new video asking students “What will you create?” In just a few weeks, we’ll kick off the Hour of Code Challenge during Computer Science Education Week, December 3–9th. This week is designed to encourage students and teachers to try an hour of Computer Science. Computer science is about more than technical knowledge, it’s also about creativity. That’s why this year’s theme for #HourofCode is creativity. To […]

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Computer Science Administrator and School Counselors workshops coming this fall

Can’t wait for Day 3! How often can you say that about PD? Well planned, challenging, and FUN — a model learning environment all the way! #OHTeacherCon — WCHS Library (@WCHS_Library) July 18, 2018 Join us on for a Computer Science Administrator and School Counselors workshop this fall. Learn more about what Computer Science is, why it matters, and how to bring quality educational resources like #OHTeacherCon to your school. Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline […]

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In the classroom with Coach Tee

When we last spoke to Coach Tee, she was in the middle of our Code.org training for the 2017-18 school year. After Spring Break, we visited her classroom to see student learning in action as they worked through Computer Science Discoveries Unit 3 – Animations and Games. Coach Tee is a bit of a superhero. She runs Book Club, Robotics Club, STEM Bicycle Club, and Media Club. She serves as an academic advisor for student-athletes, and assistant coaches the girls […]

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New “cyber range” and hacking competition build skills

With the cyber world becoming ever more complex and pervasive, demand is growing for competent professionals to keep the cloud, and our personal data, safe from nefarious hackers. To introduce students to the possibilities of such cyber-security work, Columbus State Community College held a competitive “Capture the Flag” event late last year. The college is also working on curriculum leading to a cyber-security degree. To find out more about the college’s interest in cyber security, we contacted Lawrence McWherter, an […]

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