Apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, nearly 14,000 students have received an Award for AiC.The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola…

2019 Computer Science Education Leader Award

Bryan Lucas, computer science/literacy teacher at Chariho Middle School has been named the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Leader.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Mr. Lucas was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching. Mr. Lucas has been with the Chariho Regional School District since 2006 after a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy.  His local…

2019 Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award

Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Computer Science Teachers Association-Rhode Island Affiliate (CSTA-RI) will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI  Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award for contributions to CS education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching.   A cash award of $1,000 will be awarded to the recipient for use in the classroom. …

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Congratulations to the Rhode Island recipients of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing – Amaya (Woonsocket Career  and Technical Center), Cassandra (North Kingstown HS), Emily (Scituate HS), Emma (Middletown HS), Josephine (Scituate HS), Kendra (Smithfield Senior HS), Leslie (Newport Area Career And Technical Center), Rochelle (Davies Jr. Career and Technical HS), Sree Poorvika (La Salle Academy), and Tatyana (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center). The award honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award…

Report of 2018 NSSME

The Report of 2018 NSSME+ (The National Survey of Science & Mathematics Education) details the results of a survey of 7,600 science, mathematics, and computer science teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs; science, mathematics, and computer science professional development; science, mathematics, and computer science courses; instructional objectives and activities; instructional resources; and factors affecting instruction.  Read more.

Diversity, Retention Rates, and Undergraduate Computer Science

A new report released by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) uses data to examine and understand retention in U.S. undergraduate CS programs.  Although the report, Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions, reveals that significantly better data is needed to draw any broad conclusions, it offers  a number of recommendations regarding data collection, successful interventions, and future research based on case studies from specific institutions and successfully-implemented interventions. Recommendations include: Instructors of introductory courses need to be involved in data collection. Data should be evaluated in different contexts, using different denominators to determine…

Technovation RI Team Makes It to the Semifinals

Technovation Rhode Island senior division team “Code Trip” is officially a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch. Code Trip is mentored by East Greenwich High School Computer Science teacher Holly Eaves and is composed of three East Greenwich High School students — Katie Cretella, Morgan Prior, and Lauren Shanos. Code Trip is 1 of 19 US teams to make it to the semifinals. Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats”. Easy Eats provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why…

Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards

On May The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the new Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards which identify the knowledge, practices, and skills in computer science (CS) that all students should know and be able to do at each level in their education.  They inform, encourage, and drive a sustainable computer science education program by creating realistic pathways and expectations for all students. The CS Education Standards Advisory Committee represented a broad range of expertise including elementary, middle, and high school teachers, district coordinators and administrators, higher education faculty, and industry professionals.  Experts in cybersecurity and…

Digitalization and the American Workforce

A new report, Digitalization and the American Workforce, has recently been released by the Brookings Institutions Metropolitan Policy Program.  Designed to track the spread of digital adoption, the report provides a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90% of the workforce in all industries since 2001.  They found that 1) digitalization is vastly expanding the potential of the American economy, and generating opportunities and 2) digitalization won’t happen by itself but will require significant improvements in digital education and training. Read more.

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…