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WHPS believes in computer science for all

We believe computer science is a foundational skill possessing the power to promote collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and student engagement. CS Education is a topic that is larger than a single technological skill; it is an equalizer that provides student voice and agency. Consequently, we view computer science as essential for all students and equity is a vital component of our vision. 

The following videos feature Conard and Hall High School students and alumni to help you understand more about computer science.

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Upcoming Opportunities!

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The Connecticut Computer Science Teacher's Association February meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on February 6, from 7:00pm - 8:00pm and new members are always welcome!  Teaching computer science can sometimes feel lonely, so why not join the largest community of CS teachers in Connecticut? We'll be networking, discussing CS teaching practices, sharing tips and tricks, learning the latest about CS in CT, and helping one another get ready for the CS praxis test.



 
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Level up by becoming a coder this summer with  Girls Who Code !  Choose your own adventure through our two free virtual programs and get the skills, network, and lifelong college and career support you need to change the world. All high school girls and non-binary students are welcome to apply, including past participants! 
  • In our 2-week Summer Immersion Program for current 9th-11th graders, you'll join live virtual classrooms hosted by industry-leading companies like MetLife, Bank of America, and Accenture. By the end of the program, you'll learn the fundamentals of game design, UX, the iterative design process, and more, as you build out a suite of short games using p5.js, a JavaScript library for creative coding. You can even apply for laptop and hotspot access and grants of $300 for financial support!
  • In our 6-week Self-Paced Program for current 9th-12th graders, you'll learn to code through independent study and real-world projects. By the end of the program, you'll earn beginner-level certificates of completion in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript for web development or intermediate-level certificates of completion in Python for cybersecurity or data science.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of a sisterhood that supports you for life!  Get started at  girlswhocode.com/summerapply or attend a webinar. Make sure to apply by  February 15th  for priority consideration or by  March 24th  for the general application deadline.

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National Air & Space Museum's Teacher Innovator Institute - applications due 2/21 -  Spend two weeks in Washington, DC, working with education and STEAM experts to explore the connections between informal STEAM education and authentic learning. Teachers will remain with the program for two summers, returning to Washington, DC, in year two to reconnect, develop their practice, and mentor the newest class of Teacher Innovators.  There is no cost for teachers to participate and most expenses are paid by the Museum.  For more info click here.
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Join NGCP in collaboration with Gender Scan as we explore what data tells us about the importance of educators, parents, and peers in engaging, retaining, and fulfilling women and girls in technology fields. This webinar will break down data collected from teenage participants who took the Gender Scan 2021 survey. Participants will gain access to resources and tips derived from survey findings to help them support and inspire youth in STEM.

Register HERE.

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TERC, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, invites high-school teachers to apply for a one-week, all-expenses paid intensive on Climate and Equity Education on the beautiful coast of Maine, July 30 - August 8, 2023.

The incidence of extreme climate impacts is increasing. Levels of eco-anxiety and existential dread related to global warming among youth are at record highs. Education about global warming, and its inequitable impacts, is urgently needed, yet teachers who address this need are isolated .

For more info, click here

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Inspirit AI is a 25-hour project-based AI program that introduces middle/high school students to fundamental data science concepts to build impactful projects. The program provides a small-group data science learning experience for beginners to advanced, taught by Stanford, MIT mentors. In 2023, the program has launched new projects focused on applying mathematical modeling to pressing challenges such as mental health chatbots, disaster relief efforts, bias mitigation, among others! Applications for Spring are due March 1st.
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On March 1, 2023 at 2:30 Eastern/ 12:30 MT we will learn from Dr. Carol Fletcher, the Director of EPIC at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT Austin. Her presentation,  Addressing Inequities in K-12 Computing Education at the Roots, will help us examine the current CS environment in K-12, drill down to the root of an inequitable system, and learn how each individual can play an active role in tackling this complex problem. Register here.

For more information, reach out!

Jacqueline Corricelli

Computer Science Curriculum Specialist, PreK-12, Conard Math & CS Teacher