PSCSTA Testifies on SB 5849  2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Connecting the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Western Chapters 2024-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Call for Submissions

CSTA 2024 Annual Conference: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, K-12 edition  image

Please tell anyone you know who's in CS as a K-12 teacher. We particularly want to hear from K-8.

tl; dr: We’re Looking for K-12 CS Educators to be Panelists        

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024       

Call for Submissions 2024-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

The First PSCSTA Regional Meetup of 2024

 

Catherine Wyman and Jennifer Styer organized a successful PSCSTA Regional meetup at Skagit Valley College, highlighting pathways in Computer Science and STEM. The event's success underscores a growing demand for in-person education meetups to further collaboration among educators.

The First PSCSTA Regional Meetup of 2024 Tailer Cochran 2024-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Washington PD Clock Hours Available Winter 2024 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Create Your Own CS Educator Meetup

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Hungry for more informal, in-person get-togethers with fellow PSCSTA members?
 
Please consider organizing your own meetup, particularly if you live outside central Puget Sound or would like to discuss a particular topic (e.g., K-5 CS education).   PSCSTA will reimburse $12 per member attending (min 3 max 10) for “pizza money” for these meetups.  Meetups will be featured in future issues of the Connector. 
 
Contact csta.pugetsound@gmail.com with details at least one week before the event to receive funding for these meetups.  Please allow more time if you want help promoting or recruiting for the event.
Create Your Own CS Educator Meetup 2023-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Open for Registration: CS Endorsement Exam Prep Course for Washington (Jan 2024 Cohort) 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Help Wanted: Washington Computer Science Education Extravaganza

The inaugural "Washington Computer Science Education Extravaganza" has been rescheduled/postponed.

New Dates: The Extravaganza will now commence in February 2024 and conclude in December 2024.

This decision was taken to ensure that we provide an enhanced and memorable experience for all participants. We are committed to offering the best event possible, and this additional time will be instrumental in achieving that goal.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and continued support.  
 
Stay tuned for more details. 
 
CSTA Puget Sound (WA) (aka "PSCSTA") is piloting the inaugural "Washington Computer Science Education Extravaganza" - an online competition for schools running through the end of 2024.   Computer science teachers and their students participate in various pro-CSEd activities to earn points for their school and determine "the most fabulous" computer science high schools in Washington state.    We need volunteers, sponsors, donors, and passionate supporters of CS education to make this event even more fantastic for all the teachers and students involved.  Contact csta.pugetsound@gmail.com to help.
 
Washington CS Ed Week Extravaganza Poster
 
 
Help Wanted: Washington Computer Science Education Extravaganza 2023-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Washington PD Clock Hours Available Fall 2023 2023-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Receive up to $30,000 for your school/district with this Grant

Computer Science Teachers have an opportunity to receive up to $30,000 for their school/district with the 2023-24 Computer Science Education grant funded through FP777. Applications are due on September 15th and there are opportunities for schools/districts with formal Computer Science Education plans and those without formal plans.
 
 
 
Receive up to $30,000 for your school/district with this Grant Tailer Cochran 2023-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Meet the NEW Board Members! Tailer Cochran 2023-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
2023 PSCSTA Board Elections Catherine Wyman 2023-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Resources from PSCSTA Orientation for new and long-lost members 2023-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Lighting Talks 2: May 25 6-8pm

Update: Tickets are now available! Reserve yours by 5/17 11:59 pm !
 
Save the date!!! We're super excited to announce our second annual PSCSTA/Step CS lightning talk event on Thursday May 25!
 
We're also looking for speakers! Please reach out if you have a 5 minute story you want to tell to our CS teacher community.
Lighting Talks 2: May 25 6-8pm 2023-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
PSCSTA/Sound CSEd meet up, April 28 2023-03-24 07:00:00Z 0 meetups

PSCSTA Orientation for new and long-lost members

Over the past two years, PSCSTA (Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association) and CSTA have greatly expanded the benefits that it provides to members.   This orientation (virtual) on Apr 19 at 7:00 PM introduces both new and long-lost members to the numerous benefits provided by PSCSTA and CSTA so that you can get the most out of your membership. 
 
The orientation is free.   Registration will get this orientation on your calendar and help us better plan for the event.   Zoom information will be sent out closer to the actual event.
 
 
PSCSTA Orientation for new and long-lost members 2023-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Summer 2023: CS Endorsement Exam Prep Course for Washington Lawrence Tanimoto 2023-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

PSCSTA provides official Washington state clock hours for online, self-paced CSTA courses [Spring Session Apr 3 - Jun 11]

PSCSTA is providing official Washington state clock hours for the following online, self-paced CSTA courses [Spring Session] for its members: 
 
Identity Inclusion for K-12 Computer Science Educators [Spring Session] | Computer Science Teachers Association (csteachers.org) [10 clock hours]

AND

Teach Security: The Security Mindset [Spring Session] | Computer Science Teachers Association (csteachers.org) [4 STEM clock hours]

The Spring session is from Apr 3 - Jun 11, 2023.    Cost is free to CSTA+ members.   While these courses are available to standard CSTA members for $40 (security) or $99 (identity), PSCSTA strongly suggests becoming a CSTA+ member ($50) first and then taking these courses for free.

PSCSTA will also provide clock hours for future sessions of this course for the rest of this school year.   

If you are interested in getting clock hours for either of these courses, please contact csta.pugetsound@gmail.com before starting work on the actual course so that we can look out for you. 
PSCSTA provides official Washington state clock hours for online, self-paced CSTA courses [Spring Session Apr 3 - Jun 11] 2023-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Registration now open for PLU Programming Contest, February 11 2023-01-08 08:00:00Z 0 HS,MS,contests
Save the date! Creative Computer Science Education: A Physical Computing Workshop 2022-12-22 08:00:00Z 0 PD

CS Endorsement Exam Prep Course for Washington 

All scholarships for this course were filled as of 2/1/2023.  If you are still interested in taking this course over the summer, CSTA Puget Sound (WA) is offering the same course for $600 at https://pugetsound.csteachers.org/events/online-cs-endorsement-exam-prep-course-for-washington.  Any questions, e-mail csta.pugetsound@gmail.com.
 
CSTA+, WeTeach_CS, Shoreline Community College, and CSTA Puget Sound (PSCSTA) are pleased to announce a free, online, self-paced pilot course to help Washington teachers pass the WEST/NES Computer Science Endorsement Exam.   The course is based on the WeTeach_CS Foundations of CS for Teachers: Praxis Prep course ($600 value) which has helped over 2000 teachers pass the endorsement exam in their states and adapted for the WEST/NES exam used for Washington.   Course participants will also receive CSTA+ memberships ($50 value) to provide them with the resources, professional development, and professional learning community to support them throughout their careers. Interested applicants should apply at CSTA+ WeTeach_CS Washington State CS Endorsement Exam Prep Course Application.  
CS Endorsement Exam Prep Course for Washington Lawrence Tanimoto 2022-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Allen School CSEd Week events December 5-10

Join the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in celebrating Computer Science Education Week! We are hosting a series of virtual events throughout the week for high school students to explore and learn about computing. We also invite students and their families to the UW - Seattle Campus on Saturday (12/10) to tour our Allen School buildings, engage in computing activities, meet current students, and more!
Allen School CSEd Week events December 5-10 2022-11-04 07:00:00Z 0 Allen School,CSEd Week
PLU Programming Contest, February 11 2022-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
How We Teach Summit Clock Hours 2022-10-13 07:00:00Z 0 CSTA,PD,meetups
PSCSTA Nov 2 open planning meeting 2022-10-13 07:00:00Z 0 Zoom,planning
PSCSTA August 10 open planning meeting Lauren 2022-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

PSCSTA/STEP CS Lightning Talks!

PSCSTA (Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association) welcomed the first cohort of STEP CS Master's in Education program students on the evening of May 20, 2022 at The Gates Center on the campus at the University of Washington.
 
PSCSTA/STEP CS Lightning Talks! 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
#csedweek Events! 2021-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Looking to Lead? 

PSCSTA has always been run by a small steering committee. Have a talent with social media and marketing? Or maybe you're *really* good at thinking of events for an organization. Join us for a meeting!
Looking to Lead? 2021-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

CS4Teachers, August 2-6, 2021

PSCSTA is helping to support the annual CS4Teachers event August 2-6 2021, 9am - 12pm, hosted by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. The event will be held virtually and no Computer Science experience is required! 

CS4Teachers, August 2-6, 2021 2021-07-08 07:00:00Z 0 State,csta

Women Make Movies

Exciting opportunity for virtual screening and discussion of CODED BIAS, an award-winning WMM production, in April!
Women Make Movies 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher 2021-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
State of CS in WA State on 11/21 2020-11-08 08:00:00Z 0 Event,State,Zoom
CSTA Recap... Recap! 2020-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Post CSTA Conference updates 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Shoreline Community College job posting 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Recruiting families for a coding games study 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Eat, Drink, and Help Your Local CS Teachers Association 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0 csta,csteachers,grant,meetups,pugetsound
PLU 10th Annual Middle and High School Programming Contest  2020-02-06 08:00:00Z 0 HS,MS,PLU,contests
Tenth Annual PLU Programming contest Lauren Bricker 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Computer Science for Diverse Learners: Lauren Bricker 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

PSCSTA Programmers Rain Code in April

Posted by Josh Caldwell on Apr 28, 2019
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The PSCSTA Spring 2019 Programming Contest held on April 20 at the Microsoft Commons in Redmond was an enormous success. With approximately 180 students from 85 teams, this was the largest number of students we have ever had for a spring event. Special thanks to our keynote speaker George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Azure Global Retail Engineering, Microsoft Corp for his speech on computer science and the work of tomorrow Thank you to Grace Waylen, Matt Paulson, Kenny Chan, Rachel…

PSCSTA Programmers Rain Code in April Josh Caldwell 2019-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Def Hacks April 13-14 Josh Caldwell 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
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