Computer Science April Newsletter

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April 2019

Computer Science

Consider this...

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”

— Bill Gates


Iowa Standards Progression

This standard’s progression chart is a terrific visual of all the Iowa Computer Science standards, for ALL of our students. It shows how a standard and its connected concept and subconcepts progress through the grades. 


CS PD Incentive Fund

Information and materials for the 2019-2020 Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund will be posted on April 15, 2019 on the Department of Education Computer Science web page.



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The CollegeBoard’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award recognizes schools that are closing the gender gap and engaging more female students in computer science coursework in AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, only 685 have achieved this important result. This year’s recipients include two of our own - Alburnett Middle / High School and Sioux City Schools. Great work!


2019 Awards for Teaching Excellence Now Open

The application period is now open for the 2019 CSTA/Infosys Foundation USA Awards for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding teaching by K–12 CS educators who inspire their students to explore the CS field; engage students in learning rigorous, standards-aligned CS content; and focus on broadening the participation of underrepresented students in computing. Applications are due by April 14.


Summer Learning

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University of Northern Iowa Online Summer Scratch Course

CSEd@UNI (University of Northern Iowa) announces its fifth annual summer/online Introduction to Programming with Scratch workshop.

Scratch is a free, online programming environment that allows students to tell stories, create animations, produce interactive artwork, and make video games. Participants will have six weeks, from June 10 to July 20, to complete six units of study (~25 hours of total effort). It is NOT required that you complete one unit per week; the final deadline is the July 20 completion date. After that, the course will remain available but faculty time may be limited.

The course is free for all participants. However, one graduate workshop credit (credit/no-credit only) is available for $100. This credit is appropriate for license renewal PD or payscale advancement in most states but will not normally count towards graduate degrees.

For more info and to pre-register: For more info visit or contact Dr. Ben Schafer at


Cybersecurity Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University invites you to attend a seven-day workshop, set for July 11-19, 2019, aimed at introducing high school teachers to diverse topics in cybersecurity, FREE of cost.

The workshop, which will be held at the Pace University Westchester campus, will include interactive activities, hands-on exercises, presentations by industry professionals, and lesson design projects. By the end of the program, participants will develop lesson plans that integrate cybersecurity concepts into their curricula or after-school activities.

Participants will receive a $1,250 stipend upon completion of all workshop sessions and activities.

Course topics will include: Basic Concepts in Cybersecurity; Cryptography; Access Control; and Cybersecurity Analytics. Visit for program details and to apply by May 3, 2019. For more information, email


Computer Science Discoveries

Computer Science Discoveries is offered as a free online course through the Friday Institute at NC University. This one is not restricted to summer.


Grant Opportunity

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Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2019

Indiana University Bloomington from July 14-19, 2019.
Applications due by April 30, 2019.
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Toshiba America Foundation

Grades K - 5  Applications due October 1

Do you have an innovative idea for improving Science, technology, engineering and math learning in your classroom? Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom.

Grades 6-12

Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students.

Applications for $5,000 or more are due May 1

Applications for less than $5,000 are due June 1


TED Talk

TED Talks - Ideas Worth Spreading

The greatest machine that never was - John Graham-Cumming

Computer science began in the '30s ... the 1830s. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered "analytical engine" and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers.


Light Reading

Engaging Students in Computational Thinking During Science Investigations

Computational thinking—as an NGSS science & engineering practice—is a way of thinking, of working & of approaching problems using computers as problem solving tools. Learn how to integrate that focus into your science education investigations.



Computer Science Web page

Standards Guidance document

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