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CTCSTA Celebrates Connecticut’s Congressional App Winners
The Connecticut Chapter of Computer Science Teachers Association honored five teams of students who won the Congressional App Challenge in Connecticut at the State Capitol on May 1st. The teams came from Howell Cheney Tech, The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, the Engineering Science University Magnet School, Wilton High School and Avon High School. The Challenge is national. It is now in its third year and this year had over 5,000 entries. High school students must compete by creating a software application. Individual congressional offices select one winner each. They earn prizes and put their work on display in the Capitol in Washington, DC. The winners received Citations of Congratulations from their hometown representatives in the Connecticut General Assembly. Among our honored guests was Senator Kevin Witkos, who facilitated the event. Attendees also heard from Dr. Estela Lopez, Vice Chairperson of the State’s Board of Education; Melisa Hickey, Director of the State Department of Education’s Academic Office, as well as, Reading/Literacy Director; and Dr. Chinma Uche, CTCSTA President. Learn more about the Congressional App Challenge at http://www.
CTCSTA Summit 2018 a great success!
There is considerable excitement in Connecticut’s K-12 Education Community for Computer Science Education. On Friday, March 16 the Connecticut Chapter of Computer Science Teachers Association (CTCSTA), in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, hosted the CS4CT Summit 2018 – a statewide summit for K-12 educators and administrators to advance computer science education across Connecticut. The theme of the one-day summit was “Launching the Computer Science Revolution in Connecticut”. The Summit, the first of its knd in Connecticut, was designed to empower school districts across the state with resources and strategies to bolster computer science education across all grade levels. A core focus of the summit was to promote equity and broaden participation in computing, such that all students across the state have access to computer science education. The Summit was sold out well before the meeting. By squeezing as many people as possible in, the Summit was able to accommodate more than 250 registrants representing over 80 districts and private schools across Connecticut. The attendees invite all who could not attend to join Connecticut’s Computer Science Revolution!
CTCSTA Member Honored with Presidential Award
Jackie Corricelli, Computer Science and Mathematics teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford, was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Visit here to read more. Congratulations to Jackie!
CTCSTA Members Attend CT Education Committee Hearing
Members of the CTCSTA visited the Education Committee regarding the bill proposing CS in the middle school curriculum. View the proposed bill here. CTCSTA President Chinma Uche, CTCSTA Secretary Pauline Lake, and CTCSTA Treasurer James Veseskis joined James Maroney to give their testimony on why Computer Science and computer programming should be made part of the middle school curriculum. Additional members who could not be present submitted their testimonies online.
James Maroney joined us at CTCSTA meeting to announce that the proposed bill had passed. Public Act 15-94 became effective as of July 2016. Public CT middle schools will be required to include “computer programming” in their curriculum.
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CTCSTA Members Bring Petition to the Commissioner of the CT State Board of Education
Trinity Professor Ralph Morelli, CCSU Professor Bradley Kjell, CTCSTA President Chinma Uche, and Pauline Lake brought a petition to the Commissioner of the CT State Board of Education to make computer science satisfy existing high school graduation requirements for math or science.