MiCSTA 2012

Check out the next three posts. The third is the longest and requires the most immediate attention. It invites high school young women in your community to apply for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing with an application deadline of October 31.

Barry Webster, MiCSTA

1. The COMputer CONtest,

sponsored by Rich Lamb, has its first set of contest problems for this school year. Check out http://www.richlamb.com for info.

2. Fourth Annual Programming Competition 

(Presented by SIGCS and The Department of Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University)

Description as provided for the 2012 Competition:

Students will be given experience of competing with other high schools. This is an open competition where all high school students are invited to participate: In previous years, we have had BOTH first year programmers and second year programmers who have benefitted from the competition.
Teams compete in groups of two to three members. Each team is given a set of programs to complete in a three-hour time period. 

DATE of Competition: December 1, 2012. 
TIME:  9:00 AM for checking in and networking! (Be in rooms by 9:40 to test the equipment. Competition will start promptly at 10:00 AM)
PLACE: Eastern Michigan University. Contact Pamela Moore for exact location.

COST per team: FREE per team if preregistered by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 2, OR $10.00 per team if pre-registered by Friday, November 16. ALL Teams must be pre-registered.  We may need to close registration early if the number of teams registered exceeds space. We will not be able to register teams at the door as space is limited.

General Information to keep in mind for the competition:

PROGRAMMING COMPETITION CONTACT: Pamela Moore at Pamela.Moore@emich.edu for more information about the competition.    

IF you know of anyone who would like to join this SIG_CS group, please have them contact Zenia Bahorski atzbahorski@gmail.com

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

3. Hello CSTA Members-

High school young women in your community are invited to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Please help us publicize this opportunity and encourage candidates to apply. We also ask that you forward this email on to your network of students, teachers and mentor so that each girl has the opportunity to apply for the award.

What is the award?

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners are recognized at an award event here in the community. All applicants will also be considered for the National award. There is also an NCWIT Educator Award for educators that encouraged their student to apply and have endorsed their applications. Recipients of the Educator Award receive up to $1000 in reimbursement for a professional development activity.

Why is the award important?

By generating visibility for technical young women, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages continued interest in computing, increases awareness of the gender gap in computing and IT, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation in computing.

What is the role of the school?

Educators are asked to promote the Award with their students and encourage girls with accomplishments and aspirations in computing to apply. Please broadcast this opportunity among your staff and to likely candidates. 

Schools in which a finalist or winner is enrolled are asked to recognize the student in their school and parent community through publications, announcements or a school awards event.

What is the application process?

Please direct girls to http://www.aspirationsaward.org. Detailed instructions and eligibility information are found online.


Applicants are asked to provide the name and email address of a school official to endorse their application.  This person could be a teacher, technology specialist, counselor or other school official. From those school officials we will select the NCWIT Educator Award  winner.


What is the deadline?

Please notify girls of this opportunity right away. Online applications are open now and must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern on October 31, 2012.


The University of Michigan will hold its fourth annual CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Educators on Tuesday, Aug 21 and Wednesday, Aug 22. Produced in conjunction with Google, the workshop is designed to assist teachers and administrators who teach computer science or want to integrate the use of computing into their curriculum.

The workshop agenda includes hands-on technology demos, a special keynote, and a trip to Ann Arbor technology company Menlo Innovations. Sponored by Google and U-M, the workshop is offered at no cost and takes place at U-M Ann Arbor's North Campus. Attendees may qualify for SB-CEU credit.

More information: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/cse/cs_connections/cs4hs_home.html

Registration link: https://www.engin.umich.edu/form/cs4hs2012

The Michigan 2012 Tapestry Workshop

With the goal of weaving a diverse computing community, Oakland University and Michigan State University are presenting a "Tapestry Workshop" this summer for MS and HS teachers. Here are the details promised earlier in this space. The goal of this federally-funded, 2-day workshop is to help schools:

More info:

Thanks to the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia, the workshop will be tuition-free with lodging and meals provided. Honorariums of $1,000 will be given to attendees who complete the workshop.

To get more information and submit your application, go to: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/tapestry/

MiCSTA March 8 Business Meeting

MiCSTA held a business meeting at MACUL 2012 in Grand Rapids on March 8. We shared a 11:30am-12:30pm timeslot with SIGCS, since several of us are members of both organizations. The meeting was in the Robinson room on the concourse level of the Amway.

We considered ways of advancing computer science teaching in Michigan, discussed ideas for meetings, and had an election of officers for President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. The current officers will continue to serve this next year.

Let us all find ways to become more involved in promoting computer science education in Michigan. It is important.

Barry Webster: Scratch Purposeful/Accidental Computing Edification (SPACE)

Wednesday March 7, 2012 1:00pm - 4:30pm @ Grand Gallery E, DeVos Place (Reguires pre-registration through macul.org.)

The session discusses developing Scratch constructs and purposeful computer science (CS) activities and concepts. Included are ways to help you and your students have an enjoyable introduction to programming through Scratch, produce multimedia through programming, and experience CS concepts. We want students to identify reasons CS is important to learn, and have early and continued success with CS. The session is computing edification for middle school and high school educators (and others). Bring your own computer, with Scratch installed (scratch.mit.edu).

Rich Lamb: The Finch Robot

Our February 8, 2012 at 7pm meeting featured Rich Lamb at Cranbrook. He introduced MiCSTA members to the Finch Robot, an inexpensive robot designed for Computer Science education at Carnegie Mellon. Learn about the robot at finchrobot.com.

Last modified 2014-05-17 by B L Webster. © 2017 by B L Webster.