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CSTA-NYC Message Board › Events + Opportunities - Jump on 'em!

Events + Opportunities - Jump on 'em!

cindy g.
New York, NY
Hi everyone,

Hope you are all having a great week! To make these emails entertaining and informative, hope you enjoy this little math problem...

For something a bit more challenging, check these out: http://thinkzone.wlon...­.

1. NYC Scratch Educator Meetup - April 27th­
After a great start in March, we will be hosting our second Scratch meetup here in NYC. Please join us and learn more about how to incorporate Scratch into your classroom and meet like-minded folks in the space.

2. NYC Tech Ecosystem Economic Impact Report
Where prior studies treated tech as an independent silo, this study is unique in its consideration of how tech is integrated into the entire New York economy, including longstanding industries like finance and media.

The impact of tech on the city’s economy is substantial, with the tech ecosystem employing 291,000 people and generating over $5.6 billion of annual tax revenue for the city. With this data and the study’s other compelling findings, we hope to help policymakers better understand why technologically driven innovation, infrastructure and education benefit all of the city’s citizens and are key to the continued growth of the city.

3. Three great blog posts by Fred Wilson
- FIRST Robotics Competition - THIS WEEKEND!­
- The Value of an Engineering Degree­
- Teaching CS to HS Students on Your Way to Work­

The third entry above is about TEALS (­) and they are currently recruiting volunteers for next year. Please read the post for more information and attend an info session if you can!

Info Session #1: Tuesday 4/15 @ Relay GSE – http://teals-nyc-rela...­
Info Session #2: Thursday 4/24 @ Microsoft – http://teals-nyc-msft...­
Volunteer Info:
Volunteer Application:
4. HK Maker Lab - Applications due 4/25
The Hk Maker Lab is an intense six-week summer program to learn the foundations of design. Focusing on addressing a global health problem, the students will prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program will culminate in a presentation to leading executives from the biomedical community. The Hk Maker Lab projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace.

An opportunity for students from Title 1 schools or qualify for free lunch. Students must be recommended by a teacher/principal/guidance counselor for strong academic work and professionalism (essays and recommendation form are part of the application process). While the actual program is free, the organizers are unable to provide metro cards or food.

5. Department of Youth and Community Development RFPs for Middle School After School programs­­­
If you are a non-profit looking for interested schools or a principal looking for external partners to help you implemented need programs, here is all the information you need.

6. CSTUY Summer Hackers Immersion Program (SHIP)
CSTUY - a new non-profit formed by Mike Zamansky, long time high school computer science teacher is looking for great students for it's Summer Hackers Immersion
Program (SHIP). Students from grades 8 through 12 new to computer science and experienced programmers are invited to apply.
SHIP is being designed and will be taught by the same teachers that designed both Stuyvesant High School's computer science program as well as Google's CAPE NYC program which ran from 2010 - 2013.

7. NYC Scratch Day - May 17th­
Scratch Day is for people of all ages and all levels of experience with Scratch. There are workshops for people just getting started with Scratch and for those who have been Scratching for years. Teachers, bring your students! Parents, bring your children! Children, bring your parents and teachers!

If you want to lead a workshop at Scratch Day, please read the Workshop Guidelines and then complete the Workshop Proposal form. Please submit proposals by April 18.

The final program with be posted here on April 30. Registration will open on May 5.

Here are some of the workshops we have planned so far:
- Beginners' Basecamp - Getting Started with Scratch
- Introduction to Game Design
- The Classics Arcade Recreation Station
- Scratch to Processing
- Working with Finch Robots
- LEGO NXT Robotics with Scratch
- Scratch and Makey Makey
8. 2014 Logo Summer Institute
This week-long workshop offers an immersion in Scratch, MicroWorlds, TurtleArt, and robotics with LEGO NXT and WeDo, Arduino, Finch, and other platforms.

When: June 23-27, 2014
Where: The Hewitt School, 45 East 75th Street, New York City

The Logo Summer Institute is for teachers, parents, and technology integrators and emphasizes learning through designing and building personally meaningful projects that support computational thinking. Experience this process yourself, and explore how to implement design-based learning with your students.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
Have a great rest of the week,
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