Elementary Institute of Science Hosts Computer Science Education Week Kick Off Event, Dec. 2, 2017

Let’s celebrate and kick off Computer Science Education Week! The Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) will be hosting a ‘happy hour’ event for CS teachers and their friends/colleagues 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Network with Computer Science teachers and educators from San Diego County! Wine, beer and light snacks will be provided. Please share this invite with CS teachers and educators in San Diego County!

Teacher/staff ID is required to check in at the event!

Click to register for this event and to learn more about EIS.

International Women’s Hackathon, April 26, 2014, Cal State San Marcos.

Come join us for the 2014 International Women’s Hackathon at Cal State San Marcos on Apr 26, 2014!
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you want to have fun and try something new?
  • Do you want to meet other creative women?
  • Do you want to create technology innovations?
  • Do you want to help solve world problems and make a difference?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come join women on university campuses all over the world for the International Women’s Hackathon during Engineering Week, sponsored by Microsoft Research.
A surprise celebrity guest will deliver the virtual keynote presentation! All participants will receive a Microsoft water bottle and winning teams will receive Skype minutes and have their pitch video published on the Microsoft Research webpage. In addition, if the winning application is a Microsoft solution it will be published in the Microsoft Store.
NO experience required! You can participate as an individual or as a team.
This event is for High School and College students (age 16 and up).
Thank you San Diego students! We look forward to helping you build the future!
Note: We haven’t yet set the exact room and we’ll inform you of that via email as soon as we have.
IWH 2014

UCSD Extension releases ‘Hot Careers’ report, Computer Science dominant

Bridging from college to career is not always easy, and this is especially true for recent college graduates. In an effort to provide guidance and information to assist with important decisions about career choices, UC San Diego Extension has assembled the fifth annual edition of “Hot Careers for College Graduates.” As a division of one of the leading research universities in the United States, Extension leadership possesses unique insights into the ever-changing global economic trends that shape the contemporary job market. A key role for us is sharing timely, accurate, useful assessments of rapidly changing employment opportunities for recent college graduates in such breakthrough career
paths as life sciences, technology, and health care.

CSTA Chapter Meeting Summary

The San Diego chapter of the CSTA held its quarterly meeting Wednesday evening at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. We had a great turnout and a few lively discussions.

New leadership was chosen. Here are the results:

  • President: Joe Pistone
  • Vice President: Pat Giovengo
  • Secretary: Daniel Pearson
  • Program Chair: Jeff Sale
  • Program Committee: Ange Mason, Carol Willing
  • Membership Chair: Art Lopez

The Agenda is below. Highlights included Art Lopez presenting on the new AP CS Principles exam and the work he is doing to help shape the requirements. Jeff Sale game a demonstration of AppInventor, and Tammy Neuhaus presented some ideas she had for the upcoming Hour of Code being promoted by Code.org. We have included a link below for you to download the slide presentation used by Art Lopez containing a collection of useful links and resources:

Pilot AP CSP Course Presntation v2

Thanks to everyone for attending. Stay tuned for announcements of the next quarterly chapter meeting.

CSTA Quarterly Chapter Meeting

Please join us for our upcoming CSTA- UCSD Supercomputer Center Partnership Meeting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
4:30pm- 6:30pm
SDSC Auditorium
San Diego Supercomputer Center
University of California, San Diego

Please join us to learn about what’s happening in the region’s community of computer science teachers, and discover some new tools and resources to support your teaching. So much has happened since our meeting last February! Be sure to bring your laptops to this meeting! By popular demand, each meeting will now introduce a hands-on featured open-source software that you can easily use in your classroom and/or teach to your students.

This meeting is really important, as we will have elections for the coming year’s board positions. Please nominate yourself (or a peer) for any position that interests you (or them). At this time of much change in the region’s secondary school curriculum, the San Diego chapter of CSTA can truly make a difference in our community, introducing computational thinking to all students, to help them succeed in any career they choose.


  • Welcome
  • San Diego CS Principles project updates and conference presentation plan
  • San Diego Pilot sites for new AP CS Principles exam (Art Lopez)
  • Emerging resources to support CS Principles (handout)
  • CS Principles Support websites tour (Jeff Sale)
  • New AP CS Principles website (demo)
  • Election of 2013-2014 CSTA Board Officers
  • StudentTECH Instructor JobFest (Discussion and Planning)
  • Georgia Tech Summer Planning Workshop and Seed Fund Grant Opportunity
  • App Inventor Tutorial (Jeff Sale)
  • Old Business
  • New Business (next meeting’s date and agenda)
  • Around the table

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) sponsors the annual Aspirations in Computing Award competition for high school women involved in and/or interested in technology and computing. You do not necessarily have to have achievements in technology to apply, you just have to have the passion – hence the “aspirations” name! Applications open on September 18.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women in high school for their computing-related achievements and interests and generates visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits.  With one application, high school girls will be considered for the award on both the national and the affiliate levels.

Competition for the 2014 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to any U.S. high-school-level female (grades 9-12). Applications are being accepted now through 11:59 PM ET on October 31, 2013. Applications are online at www.aspirations.org. Winners will be announced in early December 2013.


National award-winners receive:
$500 in cash
A laptop computer
An engraved award (for both the student and her school)
An expenses-paid trip to the national Award ceremony (for the student and her parent/guardian) on March 15, 2014
Affiliate Award winners receive prizes from local sponsors. Prizes vary by competition. Visit www.aspirations.org for details on Affiliate competitions.

In addition to identifying a pool of talented young women, the Aspirations in Computing also identifies outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in helping encourage the young women to explore their interests in computing and technology. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. The awardees are selected from the educators who are engaged in endorsing Aspirations Award applications. Each awardee is eligible to receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for participation in a computing-related professional development opportunity as well as being recognized publicly at the award ceremony. There is no application process for the award. To be considered for the Educator Award all you need to do is to encourage your students to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and endorse their application.  Teachers, counselors, mentors, coaches, program leaders, library specialists and essentially anyone engaged in the education and support of young people is eligible.

And, please help us to promote this directly to girls and to your networks – both personal and professional.  We have informational posters that you can print out to hang and to share (or request quantities from aspirations@ncwit.org). Also, see the Award Info Sheet for all the fine print.

This is one of those opportunities in life to have an impact on a young woman; by encouraging her application, you can help her to see and realize her potential!

If you have any questions about the award please contact aspirations@ncwit.org.

Aspirations in Computing is sponsored nationally by AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, & Microsoft.

Learn more at:


 (The above text is from the NCWIT web site)

CSTA San Diego ‘Likes’ SDSC TeacherTECH

The San Diego Supercomputer Center’s TeacherTECH program offers workshops, seminars, and instructional technology resources for K-12 teachers in the San Diego and southern California area. TeacherTECH now has a Facebook page where you can stay up-to-date with the latest teaching technologies. We encourage you to visit the SDSC TeacherTECH page and if you like it, then please ‘Like’ it.


Spirit of Innovation Challenge


Beginning Aug. 22, teens are invited to “Get Your Genius On” in the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge. This competition challenges students worldwide to create innovative products to benefit humanity. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan … Continue reading