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Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

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Host: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at TCNJ

Date: March 21st 2019
Time: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Education Building, Rm. 111 – TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Computer Science Workshop for Counselors and Administrators

All New Jersey high schools are now required to offer a computer science class. During this FREE workshop counselors and administrators will learn about highly successful computer science programs in New Jersey and why your school should offer computer science if you do not already do so. You will learn about an affordable one year professional learning program sponsored by Code.org that includes a full week summer workshop and quarterly in person follow up sessions. We will confirm your registration and provide additional information including travel and parking directions closer to the time.

Presenter:
Henry Harms, Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at The College of New Jersey and Code.org Partner Manager for New Jersey.




Host: Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education

Date: March 21st 2019
Time:
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Cost: $85.00
Location: Rutgers Makerspace, 35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Designing for Vinyl Cutter: Introduction to Digital Fabrication

The desktop cutter is a great elementary and fun introduction to the world of digital fabrication. Learn how to design digital images to create vinyl stickers and iron ons. We’ll also cover two color layering.




Host: Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education

Date: March 28th 2019
Time:
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Cost: $85.00
Location: Rutgers Makerspace, 35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Sewn Circuits and Digital Fabrication

In this hands-on workshop, you will the the basics of electronics sewing, electronic circuits and microcontroller. We will also learn how to design and cut felt with a desktop cutter commonly used with vinyl. We will be making light up projects that you can take back to the classroom.

Desktop cutter skills has been covered in Designing with the Vinyl Cutter workshop but can serve as an excellent refresher while working with a different medium.





Host: Building Computer Science Education Capacity in NJ

Date: March 30th 2019
Time: 9:30-3:30pm

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Advanced Arduino

** Please note: this workshop is designed to follow our Programming with Arduino, basic workshop. It is not designed to be a participants first exposure to Arduino. If you have not attended our basic workshop but do have other experience with Arduinos you are welcome to attend.**

Ready for round two? This advanced workshop will focus on controlling pretty much anything electrical with an Arduino. Participants will engage on hands-on practical activities that will include some of the more advanced shields and break out boards that can be added to an Arduino for increased function. The topics of Bluetooth, RFID, and IR control will be discussed and used in a variety of circuits that control both AC and DC products as well as pneumatic actuators. Participants will also design some homemade sensors that can be shared in the classroom with their students. For anyone who does not have a Technology Education/Industrial Arts certification, we will be having an introductory, ONE hour safety lesson at the beginning of the workshop. Sample lessons and activities will be shared with the participants.


Presenter:
Michael Cappiello




Host: Building Computer Science Education Capacity in NJ

Date: March 30th 2019
Time: 9:30-3:30pm

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Python Unleashed

Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world and is now used to teach programming at six of the top ten computer science undergraduate programs in the United States. Python has a reputation for being a well-supported computer language that is ideal for education and is also a favorite among scientists. This workshop acts as an introduction to computer programming with the Python programming language. The basics of imperative programming will be covered as well as ideas from selected areas of computer science, data science and education. We will review the basics of the language and discuss how it is used and taught.

Presenter:
Lars Sorensen




Host: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at TCNJ

Date: April 13th 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: Spotswood High School, Spotswood, NJ

Code.org CS Fundamentals

CS Fundamentals is an introductory computer science course that requires no computer science background. Today’s students need to prepare for tomorrow’s careers. Computer science teaches critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Integrate computer science in your classroom with our 20 hour course for beginners.

This fun, hands on curriculum blends online learning with unplugged, hands on activities. You will learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that’s fun and accessible to the youngest learners.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please create a Code.org account prior to the workshop. Make sure to bring your laptop and charger. All teachers will receive a Code.org swag bag, curriculum guide, and PD certificate. You will leave prepared to teach CS Fundamentals in your classroom. Ongoing Support is provided throughout the academic year.


Presenter:
Paige Besthoff




Host: Building Computer Science Education Capacity in NJ

Date: May 11th 2019
Time: 9:30-3:30pm

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ




Registration opens March 15th!

Mindstorm in the Classroom

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is a powerful and engaging tool for teaching engineering, technology, science, and math. Through hands-on constructions and small projects, participants will learn the basic concepts of LEGO hardware & software. We will focus on building a robot that can perform multiple tasks including the challenge of navigating through a maze. Classroom management will be discussed as well as organizing small students groups, storing of materials and effective ways to encourage creativity for both genders. This session is designed for educators with little or no experience with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3.

Presenter:
Graciela Elia




Host: Building Computer Science Education Capacity in NJ

Date: May 11th 2019
Time: 9:30-3:30pm

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ




Registration opens March 15th!

Unity: An exciting new game development platform

** Please note: this workshop requires participants to install the Unity software package on their machine PRIOR to the workshop. This is a large, time consuming installation and the workshop will not wait for individuals who are not prepared.**


This workshop proposes to immerse you in a series of activities so that you can learn the value of Unity through direct experience. When you complete this workshop, you will know how to create a fully functioning game in Unity that can be shared with others. Participants will be able to:

  • Set up a Game in Unity
  • Create basic objects in Unity
  • Setting up the Unity work area
  • Manipulate the Unity Camera within the game
  • Coding in C# and using the Unity scripting editor
  • Building a final Unity game to be played on a desktop computer



Presenter:
Suzanna McGee




Host: Building Computer Science Education Capacity in NJ

Date: June 2019 (various workshop dates)


Code.org Professional Learning at TCNJ

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that registration is open for Code.org professional development workshops designed to prepare middle school and high school teachers to teach computer science.

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries.

There are different programs depending on grade level. For more information, click here or click the register button above.





Host: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at TCNJ

Date: June 24th – June 28th or July 29th – August 2nd 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

CS Discoveries Training

Registration is open for Code.org CS Discoveries professional development workshops designed to prepare middle school and high school teachers to teach computer science. CS Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The curriculum is recommended for middle and high school students (grades 6-10) and can be taught either as a semester or full-year offering.

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries. Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a 5-day workshop to be held at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ where we will explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers. With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials. Support continues throughout following academic year as participants attend local, 1-day quarterly workshops hosted by Code.org Regional Partners.





Host: Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics

Date: June 24th-August 2nd 2019
Time: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Location: Drexel University Campus

REThink at Drexel University

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics is pleased to announce that the REThink Project, a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Engineering and Computer Science for Machine Learning to Enhance Human-Centered Computing, is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Program. REThink CS @ Drexel is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-1711773.

STEM and Computer Science high school teachers and 2-year college faculty in the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area are encouraged to apply for this non-residential program running June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019. Over the course of the 6-week institute, teachers will participate in seminars that cover the sources of big data, machine learning techniques, human-centered computing, overviews of project areas and the ‘big ideas’ and computational thinking practices of CS Principles. Teachers will spend the remaining time performing research with faculty and students in labs on project topics that include driver distraction, histology image analysis, and smart textiles for perinatal monitoring, while initiating work on educational modules for use at their home institutions.

Teachers are expected to commit to full-time participation during the six-week summer program and additional activities throughout the school year. Teachers will participate 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and receive up to $6000 for the summer program, up to an additional $2000 additionally for follow up activities throughout the year, and will be allotted up to $2000 for equipment/supplies needed to effectively develop and deliver new course materials based on their research experience. No prior research experience is necessary. We encourage applications from two persons at the same institution, who can work as a team in developing and delivering curricular materials.

Applications will be accepted through March 16, 2019. For more information, including how to apply, visit the project website or contact Evy Vega directly at evy.vega@drexel.edu or 215-895-2669. Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The College of Computing & Informatics’ REThink Project is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.





Host: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at TCNJ

Date: June 26th 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Code.org CS Fundamentals

CS Fundamentals is an introductory computer science course that requires no computer science background. Today’s students need to prepare for tomorrow’s careers. Computer science teaches critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Integrate computer science in your classroom with our 20 hour course for beginners.

This fun, hands on curriculum blends online learning with unplugged, hands on activities. You will learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that’s fun and accessible to the youngest learners.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please create a Code.org account prior to the workshop. Make sure to bring your laptop and charger. All teachers will receive a Code.org swag bag, curriculum guide, and PD certificate. You will leave prepared to teach CS Fundamentals in your classroom. Ongoing Support is provided throughout the academic year.


Presenter:
Paige Besthoff




Host: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education at TCNJ

Date: July 29th – August 2nd 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

CS Principles Training

Registration is open for Code.org CS Principles development workshops designed to high school teachers to teach computer science. Computer Science Principles (can be taught as an AP​®​ course)​ is also an introductory course that requires no computer science background (from students or teachers). We recommend it for students in grades 9-12 with stronger reading and writing skills. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries. Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a 5-day workshop to be held at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ where we will explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers. With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials. Support continues throughout following academic year as participants attend local, 1-day quarterly workshops hosted by Code.org Regional Partners.



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