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5:45pm  Social "hour" 

While there will be light refreshments available, feel free to "brown bag" it and bring in food from the outside to eat during the social hour.

6:30pm Actual presentation/talk:

Topic Abstract:
Through it's three main initiatives, Celebrate, Advocate and Educate, is working to bring computer science classes into every K-12 school in the United States.  This talk will cover the successes of the organization over the past year and focus on the district partnership model being piloted across the country in the 14-15 school year and plans for future growth.

Bio sketch of speaker:
Jake Baskin is the District Outreach Program Manager for working to bring a comprehensive CS education program to districts like Chicago.  Prior to this Jake taught CS at the Chicago Public Schools at Lindblom Math and Science Academy and led professional development for CPS Computer Science teachers.  Jake has also worked with's curriculum team to create a course for the new AP Computer Science Principles course.

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  • Elaine W.

    I missed this, but want to get in touch with the speaker to see if we can start in my school district. Can you please let me know how I can get in touch with Jake if he is open to that. Thanks!

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Ronald G.

      Here is an update about Chicago CSTA. It's not going to continue on that ning site; instead look for the ChicagoCSTA Google group and watch for new website content at

      January 21, 2014

    • Ronald G.

      January 21, 2014

  • Martin O.


    I'm going to miss this as I have to run up to Skokie's FEDEX Office to pickup components from my SDR board. I wished this was recorded! :(

    January 15, 2014

    • sharan

      Ron: I have uploaded Jake's presentation already....

      January 17, 2014

    • sharan

      to the meetup site

      January 17, 2014

  • sharan

    lots of discussion on how to get young 'uns interested in CS, actually more on problem solving skills. Many attendees shared their own experiences from HS to grad school as to who inspired them to plunge into CS.

    1 · January 16, 2014

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