Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org now organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. In classrooms and communities across the nation, people of all ages can participate in events and activities ranging from Hour of Code sessions to workshops, hackathons, and rallies in support of making computing programs available and accessible for all students. NCWIT is proud to celebrate!
CSEdWeek is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). This annual event was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560.
Where can you find NCWIT?
TECHNOLOchicas @ AT&T
#ATTDiversityTrek // Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST // Location: Bellaire, Texas
AT&T welcomes TECHNOLOchicas and 45 students from the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy at their Houston HQ to celebrate CSEdWeek. The students will have the opportunity to take a tour of the facilities, interact with AT&T HACEMOS volunteers during a Q&A panel and over a fireside chat, and participate in workshops facilitated by TECHNOLOchicas. In addition to hands-on experiences and inspiration, the students will learn about AT&T college-track programs and internship opportunities.
Professional Development for School Counselors, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Preparing for Careers of the Future: School Counselors, Lead the Way! // Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:00 to 3:13 p.m. EST // Location: Temple University Howard Gittis Student Center
As part of CS4Philly Week 2018, Philadelphia’s CSEdWeek celebration, NCWIT Counselors for Computing will present a special, half-day professional development session for elementary and secondary school counselors. Counselors who participate in this session will acquire an understanding of what computer science is, how computer science education is a key for students to access the tech and innovation economy, and why everyone can benefit from increasing diversity in the field of computing. School counselors will leave equipped with information and connections to resources for increasing student opportunities to access college and career pathways in computer science.
This program is open to all elementary and secondary school counselors in Philadelphia. To register, go here!
Hands On the Future 2018 Counselor’s Conference, Sacramento, California
Table Viewing // Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. PST // Location: Citrus Heights Community Center
Pick up the latest resources from NCWIT and learn more about how school counselors can play a role in ending the gender gap in computing!
Breakout Session: Preparing for Careers of the Future: School Counselors, Lead the Way! // Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 1:40 - 2:25 p.m. PST // Location: East Flex AB Room, Citrus Heights Community Center
California has nearly 75,000 open computing jobs (3.8 times the state average demand rate), and more than 70 percent of STEM careers require computer science. The arts, media and creative services - and even many middle-skills jobs - now run on computer science! The Information Age is driving rapid changes that make computer science literacy essential for every student. School counselors are uniquely positioned to build awareness of pathways where computer science is the key to unlocking a world of opportunities. Today’s session will help you gain confidence in your ability to support viable pathways that complement California’s goals of building our diverse computer-science-ready workforce.
Plenary Session: Teach a Robot to Draw // Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. PST // Location: Citrus Heights Community Center
According to the World Economic Forum, the computational thinking skills involved in programming a robot to draw are connected to the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors and also the top 10 skills employers are looking for. If this doesn’t compute, your task is to join us to learn more!
all sessions presented by C4C Counselor Consultant Bobby-Jo Wathen, M.Ed.
Encouraging Equity in CS: A #CSEdWeek Showcase // Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. MST // Location: Online
NCWIT will co-host and participate in a Twitter chat focused on showcasing and encouraging equity during CSEdWeek, in collaboration with Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) and National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Exchange ideas with organizations that are working to increase diversity in computing -- learning how they’re doing it, and what you can do to help!
Bridging the “Encouragement Gap” in STEM +C // Thursday, December 6, 2018, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. MST // Location: Online
Join NCWIT Research Scientist JeffriAnne Wilder as she discusses the newest research on encouragement in STEM and computing, and why an “encouragement gap” exists between boys, girls, and girls of color. Encouragement is a major factor in girls’ decisions to explore and pursue careers in STEM, and this webinar will provide an engaging discussion on how to be more inclusive and to broaden the participation of girls from all backgrounds in STEM and computing. This online event is hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project.
Learn more and register here!