MiCSTA May 14 (Wed): Changes in CS AP +

AP Computer Science is undergoing significant changes. Computer Science A ends the GridWorld case study this year, but will have three new "laboratory" units. The 2016-2017 school year will see the first offering of the AP Principles course. Rich Lamb presented the changes and how to implement solutions. Discussion. Refreshments.

We met in Gordon Science Building on the campus of Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI at 7 PM on Wednesday, 14 May. The main entrance is at 39221 Woodward or click here or search for Gordon here.

We had WebEx interactive video chat available for those who could not travel to the meeting. Rich emailed at the start of the meeting with the link.

AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which is not involved in and does not endorse this session.

Meeting notes (Thanks, Rich): Next year there will be no specific material covered for labs or GridWorld, but teachers are expected to spend 20 hours on material such as the new labs. The new labs (Magpie, Paint, and Elevens) will be tested the year after next. Here’s a link to the new materials: http://www.cs.rit.edu/~ptt/apcs_labs/

For the new Principles course, first offered in 2016-2017, the idea is to introduce students to major topics in CS. We discussed at some length where this new class might fit in a curriculum; one idea is between an intro course and the current AP CS A.

We then discussed possible future topics for MiCSTA meetings:

Other ideas? Email Barry.

MiCSTA's Steering Committee

People already volunteering, at least provisionally, are Zenia Bahorski, Heidi Kattula, Rich Lamb, Pam Moore, Josh Pudaloff, and Barry Webster

More are welcome.

CSTA Annual Conference

See our overview page or the official page.

CS Study, Help by May 23

Go to CS Study

May 16-17: World Robofest

World Robofest is at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. See robofest.net and the schedule. Chaired by Dr. CJ Chung.

World conference on Integrated STEaM Education through Robotics (WISER ’14)

Friday, May 16 at 1pm in Room M218 of the Buell Management Building at LTU. Part of World Robofest. See web.

CSTA's Chris Stephenson is resigning

Chris has been the CSTA Executive Director for 10 years. See her blog post at http://blog.acm.org/csta/.

High School Capture the Flag: by & for Students

CSTA announced. See http://hsctf.com/ Contest May 18-25.

Bootstrap teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through programming

See http://www.bootstrapworld.org/. See teacher summer workshops.

MiCSTA March 13 Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order about 12:30 with about six people present.

Advancing CS: Joel Adams, Calvin College, talked about CS Education Act. It can be found at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2536/text. He says “If you click the "Status and Summary" link, scroll down to the Co-sponsors, and click the "show" link there, you'll see that it currently has 44 co-sponsors, only 1 of whom is from Michigan. Seems like we ought to be able to do better than that... Maybe some more MI co-sponsors (e.g., Tim Walberg is on that committee) would help get the bill out of committee…”

We talked about meetings. Rich Lamb is willing to do his APCS presentation again on the east side of the state. Electronic meeting suggested; google hangouts?

Elections: It was decided to form a steering committee to help run MiCSTA, because too small a group was present to hold an election. (Suggestion: ask in the SIGCS Google group for guides.) Zenia Bahorski, Pam Moore, Rich Lamb, and Barry Webster agreed to be at least temporary members of that committee. The committee would meet probably 2-3 times a year, perhaps electronically. More committee members needed!

Recruiting ideas for CS: The BPA state leadership conference is next week in Grand Rapids. It would be a good way to get kids hooked on considering CS. Consider reaching out to other organizations like that. “Games” is a good hook for many students.

We adjourned about 1:05.

Additional: See http://www.csprinciples.org for info on the proposed AP course. Find out how to sign up for CSTA and MiCSTA at the "Join MiCSTA" link on this website.

Meeting: Thursday, March 13 at 12:20

Members, Please join us for the next Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association (MiCSTA) business meeting Thursday, March 13 at 12:20pm in the Plaza Boardroom A on the Lobby Level of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. (See the map below for the room location.)

The meeting is during the MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning) conference immediately following the SIGCS (Special Interest Group for Computer Science) annual meeting at 11:30. (During the MACUL conference has been the easiest time for more of us to get together.)


Ideas for MiCSTA? Email me and (or) attend the meeting!
Barry Webster, bwebster [at] barrywebster [dot] com
MiCSTA Current President


The Computer Science Teachers Association website is at csta.acm.org, with lots of information and reasons to join. To become an individual member, click the Join now - it's FREE link at the upper right, the Individual Membership link, then the Join as an Individual Member link in the middle of the page.

Become a MiCSTA Member!

CSTA members can become MiCSTA members. Both memberships are currently free. There are only two MiCSTA membership requirements. (1) Be a CSTA member, and (2) Ask to become a MiCSTA member. Just send an email with your name, school, and phone number to bwebster [at] barrywebster [dot] com.

MiCSTA Origin

A group of interested Computer Science teachers met in Grand Rapids March 11, 2010 and decided to form MiCSTA, the Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association. Notes on WEBster blog.

Word of CSTA Executive Committee approval came May 14, 2010, as blogged. MiCSTA is official!

Last modified 5/15/14 by B L Webster. © 2014 by B L Webster.