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NOV 2016

 

Nov. 1, 2016

Massachusetts STEM Summit 2016

Monday, Nov 1, 2016

7:30AM-3:45PM

DCU Center

50 Foster Street

Worcester, MA 01608

 

The annual Massachusetts STEM Summit promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. The Summit invites the state’s educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, students, and others to share strategies, initiatives, collaborations, and ideas. This year's theme is“Building a Lifetime of Opportunity”.

 

In addition to a full slate of diverse and exciting breakout sessions and exhibits offered throughout the day, the Summit's roster of plenary speakers include:

  1. In the Morning Opening: Kelli Wells, Executive Director for Education at the GE Foundation, will share some exciting STEM plans GE has as it relocates its world headquarters to Boston, and Youth CITIES Founder and Executive Director Vicky Wu Davis, along with several students, will describe how this innovative program helps youth develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets.
  2. At the Luncheon Plenary: This year's "The Hall at Patriot Place" 2016 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year will be introduced and then we'll hear all about the groundbreaking, Massachusetts-based, iRobot® Corporation from its co-founder and CEO, Colin Angle.

Registration is now open. See here for more information.

OCT 2016

 

Oct. 4, 2016

Successful STEM mentoring with Prof. Becky Packard

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Odyssey Books

9 College Street

South Hadley

 

The Odyssey Bookshop & the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College are hosting a discussion with Professor Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Professor of Psychology and Education at Mounth Holyoke College. Prof. Packard will talk about her new book, Successful STEM Mentoring for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide. This event should be of particular interest to anyone starting a new mentoring initiative, taking a second look at an existing one, or wanting to move beyond a program into a culture of mentoring in your department or organization. Open and free to the public.

Oct. 7-9, 2016

HackUmass

Friday, Oct. 7 - Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

UMass Amherst

Integrative Learning Center

650 N. Pleasant Street

 

Pre-registration required. HackUmass is the largest hackathon in the Pioneer Valley. In 36 hours, participants will bring innovative ideas to life through both software and hardware rules. All students are welcome (if you're under 18, you will need a signed parental consent form) and individuals or teams of up to 4 members are eligible. There will be opportunities to fom your team online and at the event. No experience necessary - there will mentors and resources for beginners. Just bring a valid photo ID, laptop, phone, chargers, a sleeping bag, and enthusiasm. The event is free for all registrants.

 

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 15, 2016

Geek is Glam STEM Expo

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

Pre-registration required. You won't want to miss the 4th Annual STEM GIG! It's 2016 and Geek is Glam! Explore, experience, and experiment, not for a grade but for fun. You'll experience exciting opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). You'll be empowered to change, create, collaborate and contribute; and you'll discover how YOU can make a real difference in the world. Hands-on exhibits, crazy inventions, interactive workshops and demonstrations in this fun-packed day! Sancks, an all-you-can-eat lunch in the college dining hall, t-shirt, and backpack are all included. Open to girls in grades 4-8.

 

Adult volunteers are needed to help make this day a success. All adult volunteers must be registered and CORI'd and understand they will not be with their girls. Contact Lizz to volunteer at EGordon@gscwm.org. Thir first 35 volunteers will receive a GIG t-shirt.

 

Don't wait to register, this event WILL fill fast and so will the most popular workshops. See the website for more details.

 

Oct. 20, 2016

Massachusetts Project Lead the Way STEM Conference

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

8:00AM-2:30PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Salisbury Laboratories

WPI Parking Garage

151 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA

 

This professional development conference welcomes district administrators, principals, curriculum specialists, teachers, school counselors, and interested business and industry professionals. Learn all about the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) K-12 curricular programs in engineering, computer science and biomedical science from PLTW educators and students. The agenda includes five choices for each session, so there will be topics of interest to everyone, whether you've been involved with PLTW for ten years, one year, or this is the very first you've heard of the curriculum.

More than 9,000 schools are offering PLTW programs this school year, including over 100 schools across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The PLTW curriculum engages students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empowers them to solve real-world challenges; and inspires them to reimagine how they see themselves. PLTW courses are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. And the PLTW programs are endorsed by Change the Equation.

 

For conference details and registration, see: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem/guidance.html. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 11.

Oct. 24, 2016

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day 2016

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

8:30AM-1:15PM

Campus Center Auditorium

UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA

 

This event is geared towards female high school students (grades 9-12) to introduce them to the fields of engineering and computing, programs, and potential careers, but other students are welcome. There will be interactive activities that will allow students to explore engineering and computing:

  • Hands-on engineering and computing activities
  • Demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology
  • Information about career opportunities in engineering and computing
  • Student and alumni panel
  • Chats with college students, professors, and engineers
  • Optional tours of engineering and computer science labs at end of day

Register here (deadline is October 14). Check out the website for more information or contact Dr. Paula Rees.

sept 2016

 

Sep. 14, 2016

White House Summit on Computer Science for All

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016

1:00PM-3:00PM ET

livestream online #CSforAll

 

The White House will host a Summit on Computer Science for All. The event will mark progress on expanding computer science (CS) education since President Obama's call to action in his State of the Union eight months ago. Tune in via livestream at www.whitehouse.gov/live and #CSforAll on all channels to find out about the latest commitnments from partners across the nation and celebrate significant progress towards Computer Science for All.

Sep. 27, 2016

CSTA Computer Science Education Share-a-thon

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016

4:00-6:00 PM

MGHPCC

100 Bigelow Street

Holyoke, MA

 

Elementary, Middle, and High School Computer Science Teachers are invited to a computer sicence education share-a-thon! Are you interested in meeting and networking with other computer science teachers in the area? Are you teaching the new AP Computer Science Principles course? Are you curious about the new AP COmputer Science Principles course? Would it help you to have two dedicated hours to get practical ideas/lessons you can implement in your CS classes now? Do you get the question, "What kind of jobs can a computer sicentist do?"

 

Then join and meet other K-12 computer science teachers at the CSTA monthly meeting/computer science share-a-thon! Bring your questions and go home with lesson plans, ideas, and resources (e.g. on CS Principles, careers in computer science, cybersecurity, CS Unplugged, Exploring CS). Refreshments will be included.

Sep. 29, 2016

Women in STEM Speaker Series: Can We Talk?

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016

5:30PM-8:30PM

Breck Hall

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

 

What are the challenges for women in STEM? What do we need to do to promote and keep women in STEM? Those questions and more will be discussed at this free Women in STEM Networking and Mentoring Event, featuring a panel of experts from several STEM fields. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit baypath.edu and click on "Events" or contact Ann Cantin at acantin@baypath.edu.

JUNE 2016

 

June 6, 2016

SciTech Cafe: Why doesn't Siri Understand Me? Human-Robot language interaction
Monday, June 6, 2016

6:00 P.M.
Union Station

125 Pleasant St

Northampton, MA


How does speech recognition work? What is a dialog system? What is social robotics? Professor Heather Pon-Barry, professor of computer science and the director of the INteractive COmputing Research Lab at Mount Holyoke College, will share her research on how computers understand language in the last SciTech Cafe talk of the season until September. All are very much welcome (kids,
college students, your parents).


SciTech Cafe events are open to all those with curious minds regardless of age and background. Events, prizes, and snacks are free. Find more information here.

June 6, 2016

Make-It Springfield: Electric Quilt Workshop

Monday, June 6, 2016

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Make-It Springfield

168 Worthington St,

Springfield, MA


Learn about how microcontrollers can be used to create textiles that are responsive to their environment. In this free workshop, you will design, sew, and program a quilt lined with LED lights. Open to middle and high school students.

 

"Make-It Springfield" is a pop-up community makerspace in downtown Springfield where you can create & connect through technology, the arts & media. "Make-It Springifeld" will host public workshops and events throughout the month of June and is co-hosted by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative [TDI], the UMASS Design Center in Springfield, and the Springfield BID.

 

Find more information here.

June 7, 2016

Make-It Springfield: Electric Quilt Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Make-It Springfield

168 Worthington St,

Springfield, MA


Learn about how microcontrollers can be used to create textiles that are responsive to their environment. In this free workshop, you will design, sew, and program a quilt lined with LED lights. Open to middle and high school students.

 

"Make-It Springfield" is a pop-up community makerspace in downtown Springfield where you can create & connect through technology, the arts & media. "Make-It Springifeld" will host public workshops and events throughout the month of June and is co-hosted by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative [TDI], the UMASS Design Center in Springfield, and the Springfield BID.

 

Find more information here.

June 11, 2016

TouchTomorrow - A Festival of Science, Technology, & Robots

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Insitute Road

Worcester, MA


Explore space and robots with NASA educators at this family-friendly fextival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.

    • NASA’s annual favorite exhibits including the famous MARCBot IV Rover and the Mark III Suit will be here again. Try on a wearable NASA Space suit!
    • Check out two new Virtual Reality chairs with monitors and Oculus glasses that will take you on a planetary tour!
    • Watch what happens to Peeps inside a real vacuum chamber. You won’t believe your eyes!
    • Get run over by the Roll-Over-Rover… this lightweight rover has 8 wheels and rolls right over kids (in a fun way, of course).
    • Take a walk on the moon via our lunar landscape. Whoa, now this is cool!

WGBH Eduation/PBS Learning Media will also be sponsoring hands-on, family-oriented fun at the Bartlett Center. Faculty and current WPI students will open up their research labs around campus to share their innovations and discoveries. Some activities for middle and high-schoolers inside the research labs:

    • See the computerized numerical control (CNC) machines and other advanced manufacturing technology in action and manufacture you own souvenir with a CNC machine or laser cutter.
    • Demo video games developed by students in the gaming lab.
    • Learn how wearable computers can help kids learn math skills.

Find more information and register here.

 

June 15, 2016

Bridging Technologies: How 3D Printing and Simple CAD Models Can Help Make Nearly Anything

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make-It Springfield

168 Worthington St,

Springfield, MA


Learn all about 3D Printing, Product Prototyping, and Off-the-shelf Component Hacking, and explore how you might utilize one these technologies to create a business. It's not every day you get to learn tricks of the trade from the owner of Barnstorm Studio, a local 3d printing & product prototyping company. This workshop is free and ideal for ages 16+. Adults wlecome!

 

"Make-It Springfield" is a pop-up community makerspace in downtown Springfield where you can create & connect through technology, the arts & media. "Make-It Springifeld" will host public workshops and events throughout the month of June and is co-hosted by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative [TDI], the UMASS Design Center in Springfield, and the Springfield BID.

 

Find more information here.

June 22-24, 2016

MIT App Inventor Summit 2016
Wednesday, June 22 - Friday, June 24, 2016

9:00 A.M -4:00 P.M.
MIT Media Lab

75 Amherst St, E14-6th floor

Cambridge, MA


The MIT App Inventor Summit brings together educators, research scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO staff members, and others to share current work, form new collaborations, and stay abreast of the latest developments within the MIT App Inventor community. This year's them is MAKE! The 3-day summit will include workshops, DIY, and hackathons where participants will get to learn new skills and create apps. The final day will include a keynote address, poster presentations, sessions, and a showcase fo projects worked on the previous 2 days. Early bird registration deadline is May 6, 2016.


Find more information and register here.

MAY 2016

 

April 25-May 20

Workshop: Project GUTS Online Professional Development Workshop

online at guts-cs4hs.appspot.com

Spanish language version of workshop offered at http://cs4hs-ccec.appspot.com/ccec

 

Project GUTS (Growing up Thinking Scientifically) is offering this free online professional development course free of charge thanks to generous support from New Mexico EPSCoR, Code.org, and Google. This four-week workshop is designed for teachers of grades 5-12, primarily science or technology teachers, interested in learning how to integrate computer science in science through computer modeling and simulation in StarLogo Nova. The online workshop consists of video content and StarLogo Nova activities you complete at your own pace, plus weekly webinars, and chats offered to support you and answer your questions. No prerequisites or prior experience needed.

 

Find more information and register here.

 

May 14, 2016

Scratch Day

Saturday, May 14, 2016

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Holyoke, MA


Join Holyoke Codes to celebrate Scratch Day and Holyoke Infrastructure Day! Help create an interactive map of Holyoke by animating a short sequence about your favorite Holyoke locations! This year's Infrastructure Day will celebrate Holyoke's Great Stone Dam on the Connecticut River and the extensive canal system which powered the late 19th and early 20th century mills in Holyoke, MA. Read more about the day and other STEM activities that are being offered on the City of Holyoke’s website.

 

Find more information and register here.

 

May 14, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Day @MIT 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

9:00AM - 1:00PM

MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

 

Join the Scratch Team on May 14th at the MIT Media Lab to meet, share, learn, and celebrate Scratch Day with local Scratchers! Doors will open at 9am for registration, and festivities will run from 10am to 1pm. After an opening ceremony, children and families can choose from a variety of activities: getting started with Scratch, collaborating on community projects, connecting Scratch to the physical world, facepainting with Scratch sprites, testing out new features, extending Scratch knowledge, and more! All ages are welcome.


For more information and to register:http://day.scratch.mit.edu/events/1181/

 

APR 2016

 

April 19, 2016

UMass STEM Ed Seminar: STEM-ing the Tide-Female Experts and Peers Act as "Social Vaccines" that Inoculate Young Women Against Stereotypes and Increase their Participation in STEM Careers

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4:30 pm

UMass Amherst

Hasbrouck Room 113


Nilanjana Dasgupta is a social psychologist whose work focuses on the effects of social contexts on implicit stereotypes - particularly on factors which insulate women in STEM fields from harmful stereotypes about their ability in those areas. Individuals’ choice to pursue one academic or professional path over another may feel like a free choice, but it is often constrained by subtle cues in achievement environments that signal who naturally belong there and who don’t. What factors release these constraints and enhance individuals’ freedom to pursue academic and professional paths despite stereotypes to the contrary? Dasgupta will present a series of studies addressing this question in the context of young women’s confidence, persistence, and career aspirations in science, mathematics, and engineering in the face of
negative societal stereotypes casting doubt on their ability. Professor Dasgupta will also describe a set of research-driven remedies and interventions that promise to enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse groups in STEM classes, majors, and professions.

 

STEM seminars are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year at UMass. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, so come early for coffee and a snack! Everyone is welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

   

MAR 2016

 

March 5, 2016

Workshop: Programming Robots for Educators

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Holyoke, MA


CAITE/ECEP, LEGO Education, and the MGHPCC are sponsoring a hands-on workshop for educators who are currently using or planning to use LEGO Mindstorms to teach computer programming conepts in their classes. Participants in this workshop will build skills in programming, including different data flow controls using outputs (motors, lights, and sounds) and using inputs (up to four types of sensors and also buttons) from the LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 materials. Cathy Helgoe, senior project manager, Creative Research & Development at LEGO Education, will lead the workshop.

 

Pre-registration required and space is limited. MGHPCC will provide loaner kits and laptops with EV3 software for up to 20 educators to use during the workshop. If you have your own EV3 kit and laptop with software, please bring it to use.

 

Find more information and register here.

 

March 24, 2016

AweSTEM! STEM Educator Conference
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

The STEM Education Center at WPI invites educators in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from elementary to high school levels, to participate in their annual event to celebrate STEM education. This year's theme is "STEM Collaborations: Helping Students Succeed." Come and take part in conversations,make new connections, and enjoy some cocktails!

 

For more information and to register: wpi.edu/+awestem or contact stemcenter@wpi.edu

FEB 2016

 

Feb. 12, 2016

Workshop: Increasing Diversity in STEM

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

 

The STEM Education Center is offering a free PD workshop for educators interested in engaging all students in STEM learning. Participants will take part in an active workshop about the strategies and practices that enhance student motivation and reduce inequalities.

 

This interactive workshop reflects to participants the bias, stereotypes, and other societal factors that prevent students from certain groups to pursue STEM majors and careers. The workshop then presents research-based methods that make STEM accessible to all groups of students (including girls, students with learning or physical disabilities, students who live in poverty and students from non-English speaking families) and thus reduce the STEM gap. The event is free but requires registration.

 

Find more information here.

Feb. 20-21, 2016

Event: LitJAM - Literacy Jamboree Hackathon
Saturday, Feb. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

10:30 AM

starts at Holyoke Heritage State Park Visiting Center

212 Appleton St

Holyoke

 

Holyoke Community College and Gill Technology Center are hosting their first LitJAM hackathon! The kickoff will be at the Heritage Hall visitors center, followed by the hackathon at the Picknelly Center at 206 Maple St, Holyoke. Join educators, developers, designers, and community members to come up with innovative solutions to tackle illiteracy. There are many possibilities when the worlds of education and technology are merged. This event seeks to bring awareness to illiteracy and inspire the local Western Massachusetts community to lead change that will improve the world.

 

There will be entertainment from spoken word poets, Limitless Dance Group, Delgado, and more. Refreshments will be served.

More information and free registration at:
http://www.litjamhack.com

 

Feb. 29, 2016

Workshop: Info Session on Mobile CSP

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Holyoke, MA

 

High school teachers, curriculum directors, principals, and school leaders interested in bringing computer science to their students are invited to this info session on Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP), a course based on the College Board's emerging Advanced Placement course in computer science.

 

Learn about:

  • How to engage students in building mobile apps for Android devices using the blocks-based App Inventor programming language.
  • The details of the College Board's new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP-CSP) course, which goes live in 2016-17.
  • How the Mobile CSP course provides a mobile themed-implementation of the AP CS Principles course that is expected to be endorsed by the College Board.
  • Summer 2016 professional development opportunities for Mobile CSP, including possible hybrid workshop in Western Massachusetts. 

Find more information here.

DEC 2015

 

Dec. 5, 2015

Event: STEM Day at Elms College
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

9:30AM - 12:20PM

Elms College

 

Elms College will be hosting a STEM day for high school and college students on the topic of food science. Enjoy workshops in biology, chemistry, and technology that explore the nature of food. The programming workshop will be presented by, Dr. Beryl Hoffman, Computer Information Technology, and participants will design and program an app to compute the number of calories that are needed in a day.

 

Sessions will be held in the new Center for Natural and Health Science. Elms STEM Day is free of charge to attend and includes lunch and campus tours following the STEM sessions. The public is welcome to attend, and pre-registration is required.

 

Find more information and register here.

Dec. 11, 2015

CSEdWeek Event: Coding & Cocktails
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tiny Kitchen, Gateway City Arts

92 Race St

Holyoke


Celebrate CSEdWeek and join Holyoke Codes for some delicious drinks, some light appetizers, and good company! There will be something for everyone! Are you a teacher looking for something you can introduce in your classroom? A parent who would like to be able to help your kids learn? A professional looking to try something different? Or just curious what all this coding stuff is about?

 

If you have never tried coding before, we’ll show you some great ways to get started with short, fun games that teach coding concepts. Or maybe you’d like to try your hand at creating a webpage with HTML, CSS, and a tiny bit of Javascript? Or perhaps create a game with python? If you’re interested in data, you can help us with our project to create an API and generate interesting visualizations.

 

For ages 21+. Find more information and register here.


Dec. 12, 2015

CSEdWeek Event: Hacking with Holyoke Codes at MGHPCC

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA

 

Learn about secret codes and cryptography at this hands-on workshop for kids (12+) to attend with a parent or teacher. Crack passwords and make your passwords more secure! Join forces at the end for a Capture the Flag hacking contest!

 

Workshop Schedule:

9:45 Registration and breakfast snacks
10:00 Secret codes and Cryptography
11:00 Passwords cracking
12:00 Lunch break (pizza lunch provided – free)
12:45 Capture the Flag Hacking Contest (prizes!)
1:45 Wrap-up for students
2:00 Teacher break-out session (students may leave or continue with activities)

 

Laptops will be provided for kids to use during the workshop. Grownups are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Lunch is included.

 

Find more information and register here.

 

Nov 2015

 

Nov. 3, 2015

UMass STEM Ed Seminar: Computing Education in MA - Standards and Curriculum Updates

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

4:00 pm

UMass Amherst

Hasbrouck Room 138

 

Renee Fall, Project Manager of CAITE, and Rick Adrion, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, will discuss Massachusetts' development of new K12 standards for digital literacy and computer science. What might the new standards mean for students, teachers, and school leaders? How are computer science concepts being introduced in a way thatthat engages more and more diverse students? Come hear about the porcess, status, and implicaitons and learn about the Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership (MECSP) and opportunities to bring a new introductory course to high schools. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. Parkingis available in the Campus Center Garage.

Nov. 3, 2015

Screening Party of CODEGIRL

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

4:30PM-8:00PM

Google Cambridge Office

325 Main Street, 4th Floor

Cambridge, MA 02142

 

Google is hosting a screening party of CODEGIRL, a documentary focusing on girls in Computer Science. CODEGIRL is the latest work of award-winning filmmaker Lesley Chilcotte, whose previous high-impact documentaries include An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman. High school girls and youth organizations are encouraged to join Women@Google at the Google Cambridge office for a screening of Chilcotte's newest documentary that follows 5,500 high school-aged girls from 60 countries as they compte in the annual Technovation Challenge. In the Challenge, girls have three months to develop an app that attempts to solve a problem in their local community. See the official trailer here!

Event agenda:

  • 4:30 p.m. Registration & Appetizers

  • 5:00 p.m. Film screening (Documentary runs 108 minutes)

  • 7:00 p.m Breakout discussions, including a virtual Hangout with filmmaker Lesley Chilcotte

Please click here to RSVP (please do so ASAP to secure T-shirts and advanced registration for your group). Food will be served. Email CODEGIRL-CAM@googlegroups.com with any questions.

Nov. 4, 2015

I'll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4:00PM

UMass Student Union Ballroom
Amherst, MA


Social Science Matters Speaker Series: Anita Sarkeesian will share her insights and experience as cultural critic, author of the Feminist Frequency blog, and the YouTube video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Her work sparked "Gamergate" and brought to light not just the limits of mainstream video game gender representations, but also the extremes of online commentary, trolling, and other aspects of gaming culture. Recently named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, Sarkeesian was the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award and was given a d 2013 honorary award from National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. She was also nominated for Microsoft's 2014 Women in Games Ambassador Award. She is currently an adviser to Silverstring Media and has served as judge for the Games for Change Awards. Co-sponsored by the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

Nov. 9-20, 2015

 

 

Event: Bebras Computing Challenge 2015
Monday, Nov. 9-Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
online

 

The Bebras Challenge is a fun, online event that lets participants apply logical and computational thinking to solve 15 different tasks within 45 minutes. It demonstrates how integrated computing concepts are in our daily lives -- it might even motivate some students to pursue the field. Each student gets a score and a certificate, which the teacher can download together with an answer sheet for a classroom discussion of the tasks.

Everyone in grades 5-12 can participate, regardless of whether or not they have strong interest or skills in math, science, or computing. There are four different challenges with varied-difficulty and age appropriate tasks to make the challenge a fun experience for everyone. Students can participate on any time in the given two weeks and only need a browser or a computer or tablet with an internet connection. No special setup is required.

 

Teachers can sign up by visiting: http://challenge.bebraschallenge.org/admin/
Find previous Bebras tasks online at:
http://www.bebraschallenge.org/

Find more information here.

Nov. 17, 2015

STEM Seminar: Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 015

4:00PM-5:00PM

UMass Amherst
138 Hasbrouck Lab

Penny Noyce will talk about her latest book, Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine. Noyce is a medical doctor, educator, and mother of five. She is the author of seven books for children and one text for educators. Her children's books are brainy and fun, mixing math or science with playful language and adventure.

 

STEM seminars are held at 4PM on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year at UMass in Hasbrouck 138. Refreshments will be available at 3:45, so come early for coffee and a snack! Everyone is welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parkingis available in the Campus Center Garage.

OCT 2015

 

Oct. 4, 2015

Workshop: Family Creative Learning
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

5:00PM.-7:00PM
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Family Creative Learning is a workshop series, developed at MIT, for children and parents to learn together — as designers and inventors — through the use of creative technologies. Families participate in a series of five 2-hour workshops held in the evenings. Workshops begin with dinner followed by a collaborative design activity using Scratch and MaKey MaKey. With Scratch, people can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. With MaKey MaKey, families can interface with computers, using everyday objects that conduct electricity (such as fruits or Play-Doh). With Scratch and MaKey MaKey, families learn to not only use new technologies, but also create their own technologies. The workshop series culminates in a showcase night for families to invite friends and share their projects with the community.

 

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 6, 2015

UMass STEM Ed Seminar: Disciplinary Thinking, Computational Doing: Promoting Interdisciplinary Computing While Transfroming Computer Science Enrollments

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

4:00 pm

UMass Amherst

Computer Sciences Building, Room 151

140 Governors Drive

 

Valerie Barr, Professor of Computer Science at Union College, will talk about curricular changes in the Computer Science program at Union College, the infusion of computing into courses in 15 disciplines, and the overall impact on CS enrollments and exposure to computing across the institution. Sponsored by the UMass STEM Ed Institute and the College of Information and Computer Sciences. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. Parking: metered spaces are available in lot 31 across Governors Dr., and lot 45, west of the building (meters are in effect until 5 pm).

Oct. 7, 2015

Webinar-Block Party: Meet some fo the creative minds behind Blockly, Scratch, and more!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

7:30PM - 8:30PM

online

 

The CS10K Community is excited to announce the second session in a two-part webinar series on using Block-based programming languages in the CS Principles classroom. For our first session, we recruited three classroom teachers who use Block-based languages with their students. Our webinar host, Deepa Muralidhar is back again to facilitate a conversation with some of the creative minds who developed or co-developed six Block-based programming languages, including:
David Bau - Pencil Code
Hal Abelson - App Inventor
John Maloney - Scratch
Brian Harvey - Snap!
Neil Fraser - Blockly
Wanda Dann - Alice

 

To attend, follow the hyperlink for this session here: http://air.adobeconnect.com/block2

Oct. 14, 2015

CSTA #CSK8 Twitter Chat: Assessing Computer Science in K-8: How do you know students are learning?

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

8:00PM EST
online at https://twitter.com/hashtag/csk8

 

The CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) K8 Task force is restarting its CSK8 chats. Anyone interested in Computer Science in K-8 is invited to participate. Chats will be held every other Wednesday for the rest of the year. This week's topic is "Assessing Computer Science in K-8: How do you know students are learning?"

Oct. 17, 2015

Groton Google Cloud Camp

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

All day

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School

703 Chicopee Row

Groton, MA

 

Pre-registration required. The Groton Cloud Camp featuring Google for Education focuses on authentic and valuable ways to use the Google Education Tools. Learn how to use tech tools to collaborate, create, think critically, and communicate in, and out, of the classroom. Take a look below at the sessions for October 17th and also view the the Groton Google Cloud Camp website for more details!

  • Google Essentials
    - Communication, Management & Productivity
    - Google Mail, Calendar, Drive, Forms
  • Beyond the Core ~ Engaging Students of All Ages
    - Facilitating Learning Effectively in the Google Classroom w/ Docs, Slides & More
    - Chrome Apps & Extensions
    - Forms for More ~ Quizzes, Extensions & AddOns
    - Whiz. Bang. Draw. Creative Uses for Draw in the Classroom
  • Geek Out with Coding Initiatives
    - Create your first Android App with MIT AppInventor
    - Google First Coding Clubs
    - How to Host and Hour Of Code
    - Scripts ~ Make it! Take it!

Find more information and register here.

Oct.-Dec. 20, 2015

Google for Education: Computational Thinking for Educators Course

Now until Dec. 20, 2015

online

 

Google for Education is relaunching thier free, online course on computational thinking (CT) where educators can explore and learn more about what CT is and how it can be integrated intoa variety of subject areas. The course runs until December 20th and can be completed at your own pace, taking between 15-30 hours to complete. Humanites, Math, Science, and Computing educators are all encouraged to register. For more information or to sign up, visit g.co/computationalthinking. To check out lessons and projects created by educators who have already started to think about integrating CT into their work, visit https://goo.gl/llL3Wc. To join in the discussion about CT and learn from other educators from around the world, visit https://goo.gl/tf1t7o. For additional resources on CT, including classroom-ready lesson plans, videos on how Google uses CT to do some amazing things, and more, visit g.co/exploringCT.

Oct. 21, 2015

Massachusetts Project Lead the Way STEM Conference

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

8:00AM-2:30PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Salisbury Laboratories

100 Institute Road (Parking Garage at 151 Salisbury St)

Worcester, MA

 

Pre-registration required. School counselors, curriculum specialists, teachers, principals, district administrators, and interested business and industry professionals are invited to this professional development conference. Learm about the Project lead the Way (PLTW) curricular programs that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing an opprotunity for districts to develop a STEM pathway from kindergarten through grade 12. PLTW programs are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. There will be
sessions of interest to everyone, whether you've been involved with PLTW for ten years, one year, or this is the first you've heard of PLTW.

 

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 21-22, 2015

2015 MassCUE/M.A.S.S. Annual Technology Conference

Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

7:30AM-4:30PM

Gillete Stadium

1 Patriot Place

Foxborough, MA

 

Get inspiration to enhance your teaching and learning with technology. Visit hundreds of exhibitors and attend dozens of sessions during this two-day conferenceco-sponsored the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.). Sessions that may be of interest to CS educators include but are not limited to:

Wednesday

  • Ignite student engagement through Robotics 10:15 am
  • Middle School Project-Based Computing 10:15 am
  • Don't Fear the Robot 11:30 am

Thursday

  • Imagining a new K12 Computing Education in MA 8:30 am
  • Reimagining Computing Education in MA 10:15 am
  • Coders are Tomorrow's Rock Stars! 10:15 am
  • Digital Storytelling with Alice Programming/Looking Glass PRogramming/even Powerpoint! 10:15 am
  • Game Design with Unity 3D and Oculus 10:15 am
  • There's an App for That 10:15 am
  • App Inventor 2: Free, Fun, and Easy! 11:30 am
  • Minecraft EDU and 21st Century Learning 11:30 am
  • Intro to Coding - A hands-on guide to building mobile apps 2:00 pm
  • Coding in the the Elementary Classroom 3:15 pm
  • Enhancing the Classroom through Scratch Programming 3:15 pm

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 23-25, 2015

HackUmass

Friday, Oct. 23 - Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

8:00PM Fri - 5:00PM Sunday

UMass Amherst

Integrative Learning Center

650 N. Pleasant Street

 

Pre-registration required. HackUmass is the largest hackathon in the Pioneer Valley. In 36 hours, participants will bring innovative ideas to life through both software and hardware rules. All students are welcome (if you're under 18, you will need a signed parental consent form) and individuals or teams of up to 4 members are eligible. There will be opportunities to fom your team online and at the event. No experience necessary - there will mentors and resources for beginners. Just bring a valid photo ID, laptop, phone, chargers, a sleeping bag, and enthusiasm. The event is free for all registrants.

 

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 26, 2015

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day 2015

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

8:30AM-1:30PM

Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium

UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA

 

This event is geared towards female high school students (grades 9-12) to introduce them to the fields of engineering and computing, but other students are welcome. Alumna Carol Craig, CEO of Craig Technologies, will be the keynote speaker. In addition to this presentation, there will be interactive activities that will allow students to explore engineering and computing:

  • Hands-on engineering and computing activities
    • Introduction to computer programming
    • Engineering drug delivery
    • Chibitronics – learning electrical engineering through art
    • Engineering of liquid – solid interactions
  • Demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology
  • Information about career opportunities in engineering and computing
  • Student and alumni panel
  • Chats with college students, professors, and engineers
  • Optional tours of engineering and computer science labs at end of day

Find more information and register here.

Oct. 27, 2015

CSTA of Western MA Presents: Nobody Knows Everything

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

4:00-6:00PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

100 Bigelow St.

Holyoke, MA

 

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Heidi Ellis, professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Western New England University. Dr. Ellis research interests include software engineering education, open source software, and tools for biological data analysis. Dr. Ellis is one of the founding members of the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project which focuses on involving students in FOSS projects that improve the human condition. Dr. Ellis is PI/Co-PI on three NSF projects that support student involvement in HFOSS projects. All elementrary, middle, high school teachers and college professors are welcome to attend.

Oct. 31, 2015

Workshop: Robotics+iSENSE
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

8:00AM-12:30PM
UMass Lowell Olsen Hall
198 Riverside Street
Lowell, MA

 

Pre-registration required. K-12 teachers and educators are invited to this free hands-on workshop to learn how to build robots and include them in your teaching. Attend a science module on data collection and visualization. In these sessions you will:

  • interact with other teachers who have already used robots.
  • discover Artbotics
  • build and program a robot creature, using the Lego Mindstorms or Arduino platform.
  • receive advanced instruction for experienced users.
  • learn how to use the iSENSE data viz system in your classroom
  • Receive information about funding opportunities!

Find more information and register here.

Sept 2015

 

Sept. 11-13, 2015

 

 

NERD Summit
Friday, Sept. 11– Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

9:00AM -4:50 PM
UMass Hotel and Conference Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Learn with the local tech community at a 3-day conference of talks, workshops, coding challenges, food, and fun! NERD Summit is an expansion of the traditional learning camp and its intended audience. Running on a larger scale than typical camps, the weekend will include Drupal, Wordpress, Beginner Intros, a Job Fair, Panel Discussions, BOFs and Makerspace. Sponsors will be present throughout the weekend.   Childcare is available on Saturday and Sunday for age 18 months to 10 years old. Parking on campus (except in the Garage) is free on Saturday and Sunday. Parking vouchers that cap parking in the Garage at $5/day are available.

 

Find more information and register here.

Sept. 16, 2015

CSTA #CSK8 Twitter Chat: Back to School with new lessons and tools

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

8:00PM EST
online at https://twitter.com/hashtag/csk8

 

The CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) K8 Task force is restarting its CSK8 chats. Anyone interested in Computer Science in K-8 is invited to participate. Chats will be held every other Wednesday for the rest of the year. This week's topic is "Back to School with new lessons and tools."

Sept. 22-Dec. 15

Introduction to Computer Science
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 - Dec. 15, 2015

4:00PM -5:00PM
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. This 13-week course is Holyoke Codes' version of CS50, Harvard University's introduction to computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, and is suitable for teenagers and adults. No programming experience necessary, but a certain level of commitment is required. This is a self-paced course and is not graded, though it is possible to receive a certificate from HarvardX if you wish. What you'll learn:

  • A broad and robust understanding of computer science and programming
  • How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently
  • Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development
  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML
  • How to engage with a vibrant community of like-minded learners from all levels of experience
  • How to develop and present a final programming project to your peers

Each week, we will watch online lectures by David Malan, on our own, and then meet at the MGHPCC to discuss the weeks topics, answer questions, and work on the problem sets.

 

Find more information and register here.

Sept. 29, 2015

Lab Night

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

5:30PM-7:30PM
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Stop by and play with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 or WeDo robotics kits, work on a Scratch project with some friends, get some help learning HTML, Javascript, or another programming language, learn how to create your own Minecraft mods, write mobile apps for Android with App Inventor, or bring something you’ve been working that you’d like to share! This will be an unstructured opportunity for you to come explore, play with things, ask questions, and meet people.

 

Find more information and register here.

August 2015

 

August 3-7, 2015

 

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Workshop: Exploring Computer Science Summer PD
Monday, Aug. 3 – Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Workshops for this summer are full. To inquire about ECS for 2016-17, contact your regional MECSP Hub (below)
For more information: Greater Boston: Deborah.Boisvert@umb.edu; MetroWest: iporro@framingham.edu; Western Mass: rfall@cs.umass.edu

August 10-12, 2015

 

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Workshop: Bootstrap-Videogame Programming with Algebra
Monday, Aug. 10 –Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
Framingham State University

McCarthy Campus Center
100 State Street
Framingham, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Discover how to teach algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming using Bootstrap, a curricular module for students ages 12-16. Massachusetts math and computer science/technology teachers are invited to sign up for this interactive 3-day workshop, taught by Emma Youndtsmith and Rosanna Sobota, Regional Managers of Bootstrap. Bonus: Go home with a videogame that you created!

 

Find more information and register here.

juLY 2015

 

July 13-15, 2015

 

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Project GUTS Teacher Workshop
Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Framingham State University
McCarthy Center, Forum CC12
100 State Street
Framingham, MA


Pre-registration required. Join Massachusetts Middle and High School STEM teachers participating in a no-cost professional development opportunity starting with a face-to-face three-day workshop. The "Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)” workshop is geared towards Massachusetts teachers that want to use computer modeling and simulation in their Science classroom. The class will feature learning the tool (StarLogo Nova), learning computer science concepts through computer modeling, and teachers will leave with a lesson planned to introduce concepts learned.


A 36 hour certificate of completion will be awarded to teachers who complete the entire course (10 hours on-line, 3 days face to face,   2 half day Saturday follow-up sessions in fall 2015). Local Project GUTS' facilitators, Maria McCarthy, Chad McGowan, and Wendy Huang will deliver the 3 day workshop. Both Maria and Chad are providing local support and managing an online professional community for Massachusetts's teachers to offer support as you learn and teach using Project GUTS materials. Lunch will be provided! Bring a Laptop (Windows or Mac) or Chromebook. (The models will not run on an iPad.)  


Find more information and register here.

 

July 16, 2015

 

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First LEGO League Coaches Connect Workshop
Thursday, July 16, 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Masachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA


Pre-registration by June 25 required. Join educators, parents, and leaders of youth groups who want to organize and coach teams for FIRST LEGO League, a robotics program for 9-14 year olds. No technical experience necessary. In this workshop, you'll learn about FLL and how to start a team. In the process, you'll program and test an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) on a playing field!

 

Lunch and refreshments provided. Note on your registration form if you require a certificate of completion. Laptops that support LEGO Mindstorms NXT, robot kits, will be provided for the day.

Free onsite parking available.

 

Find more information and register here.

 

July 21-23, 2015

 

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Workshop: Data Science with iSENSE
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 8:30 PM – Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 3:30 PM
UMass Lowell Engaging Computing Group + Machine Science
UMass Lowell Olsen Hall
198 Riverside Street
Lowell, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Educators who expect to teach a high school-level CS course during the 2015-2016 year are invited to sign up for the “Data Science with iSENSE” workshop at UMass Lowell. This workshop will engage teachers in data science activities that they can bring to their students in CS Principles and other high school computer science courses. The workshop will use iSENSE, a cloud­ and browser-­based collaborative data visualization system. Participants will work with iSENSE's APIs for popular programming languages, including Python, Java, C++, and App Inventor.
In this workshop, you will:

  • learn how to use iSENSE, a web-based system for sharing and visualizing data.

  • build an app using a custom version of App Inventor that can publish data to iSENSE.

  • learn APIs in your favorite programming language for interacting with iSENSE.

  • develop a curriculum module for your high school computer science course based on this approach.

  • share your plans with other teachers, and learn about others' plans.

In the upcoming school year, Engaging Computing Group + Machine Science will support you in implementing your module with your students. For implementing and reporting on your work, $250 stipends are available for the 2015–2016 academic year.
 
Find more information and register here.

July 21-23, 2015

 

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Workshop: Bio-Simulation

Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Tower Hill Botanical Garden
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA

 

Pre-registration required. This program offers a unique professional development experience that integrates biology topics (the relationship between native pollinators, native flowers, and pesticides) with computer science (programming simulations). Participants will learn about local pollinators and their importance in natural and agroecosystems (classroom and outdoor activities). Participants will then learn how to design and create simple computer simulations, and use simulations to address important ecological questions such as human impacts on pollinator-plant relationships. On the third day, educators apply what they have learned toward the design of a standard-based lesson plan draft that ties the study of ecosystem function with computer science simulations. The PD is led by Dr. Liz Ryder and Dr. Robert J. Gegear from WPI’s Biology & Biotechnology department.

 

Find more information and register here.

june 2015

 

June 5-7, 2015

Hack for Western Mass

Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 7, 2015

UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA

 

Designers, developers, bloggers, community activitsts, and anyone who lives in Western Mass are invited to the 2015 Hack for Western Mass, a civic hackathon where developers, designers, and community members meet and solve local challenges with the help of technology. You don't need to be a programmer to participate. A Youth Hackathon for children of all ages is also scheduled for the weekend. Bring your laptop and charger. Free meals, snacks, and coffee included to fuel you while you're working!

 

Register here. For updates, follow @HackforWestMA. Questions? Email hackforwesternmass@gmail.com

June 6, 2015

Code.org K-5 Workshop

Saturday, June 6, 2015

9:00AM - 4:30PM

UMass Amherst - Computer Science Building Rm 150-51
140 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Elementary school teachers (grades K-5) are invited to sign up for an invaluable high-quality professional development workshop led by Code.org K-5 Affiliates, who are experienced computer science educators. This full day workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. The curriculum includes 20 fun and accessible lessons that introduce computer science basics, including some activities that don't require a computer. Following the workshop, code.org will send each attendee a set of classroom supplies to use for teaching the code curriculum.


Find more information and register here.

May 2015

 

May 2, 2015

Code.org K-5 Workshop

Saturday, May 2, 2015

9:00AM - 4:30PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Elementary school teachers (grades K-5) are invited to sign up for an invaluable high-quality professional development workshop led by Code.org K-5 Affiliates, who are experienced computer science educators. This full day workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. The curriculum includes 20 fun and accessible lessons that introduce computer science basics, including some activities that don't require a computer. Following the workshop, code.org will send each attendee a set of classroom supplies to use for teaching the code curriculum.


Find more information and register here.

May 9, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Day Meetup for Educators

Saturday, May 9, 2015

8:45AM - 12:00PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

 

Meet up and connect with other educators who are using Scratch successfully in classrooms in western Massachusetts! The meetup is free and includes lunch. Parking at MGHPCC is convenient and free. Bring your own laptop (BYOL). A limited number of laptops will be available to borrow. You'll have opportunities to:

* share strategies for integrating Scratch into classroom practice
* explore the core ideas underlying Scratch
* self-organize into different interest groups and hands-on activities

 

Find more information and register here.

May 9, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Day

Saturday, May 9, 2015

9:00AM - 1:00PM

MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

 

General public
Registration fee: $10 (registration starts 5/1)
Registration deadline: n/a
To register:http://day.scratch.mit.edu/
For more information and to register:http://day.scratch.mit.edu

 

 

May 11-15, 2015

NSF 2015 Teaching & Learning Showcase

 

Take a peek into the world of STEM education research by checking out this showcase of more than 100 videos, including that of UMass Research Team, Dr. Florence Sullivan, Dr. Rick Adrion, Kevin Keith, and Ricardo Poza: Microgenetic Learning Analytics. This five-day event highlights innovative work being funded by the National Science Foundation in education. Join the conversation about the latest research to improve STEM and computer science teaching and learning at http://resourcecenters2015.videohall.com.

View videos of interest, post questions to the presenters, join the discussions that are taking place around each video, and vote for your favorite videos via facebook, twitter, or email ballot. And please spread the word about this event to friends, family and colleagues!

 

If you have any feedback or comments, please send them to contact@resourcecenters2015.videohall.com.

May 29, 2015

Workshop: An Introduction to "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," an AP Computer (CS) Principles Course in 2016

Friday, May 29, 2015

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Education Development Center
43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA

 

This workshop will introduce teachers to the curriculum and the programming language of "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," a computer science course for high school that follows the College Board AP CS Principles framework but goes beyond it in exploring powerful programming techniques such as recursion and higher order functions.

 

Based on the version developed at UC Berkeley for their breadth course for non-CS majors, the course is only half programing; the other half concerns the social applications of computers, including the ones that appeal to students: social networking, games, and cell phones. The programming part of the course uses Snap!, a visual drag-anddrop language based on Scratch but extended with first class procedures, firstclass lists, and (soon) first class objects including sprites, costumes, and sounds.

 

Bring your Own Laptop. Please RSVP to Mari Dobson, mdobson@edc.org

APR 2015

 

April 3, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science Department Lunch Talk: Big Data, Playful Learning and Interaction Design
Friday, April 3, 2015
12:00PM - 12:50PM

Smith College, Ford 241

 

Dr. Florian Block, Research Associate at the SDR Lab at Harvard University, will present on the DeepTree museum exhibit, an interactive visualization of over 70,000 species and their shared evolutionary history, which has been on display in four national history museums across the U.S.. The talk will focus on the novel visualization techniques used to make the large tree of life dataset accesible to a lay audience, as well as the pivotal role of interaction design to facilitate collaborate engagement around interactive tabletops. Block will discuss how large datasets can enicee and emotionally engage a wide spectrum of learners, foster self-directed exploration and learning, and provide open-ended experiences that inherently adapt to users' level of understanding.

 

April 4-12, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Robotics Week


Robotics Week is a week-long series of events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of "robo-technology" and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States. Robotics is proving to be uniquely adept at enabling students of all ages to learn important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and at inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. Events held throughout the week will feature opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos, and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities as well as expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. To find and event in your area or to host your own event visit: www.nationalroboticsweek.org.

 

April 4, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Educator's Meetup
Saturday, April 4, 2015
10:00AM - 1:00PM

Kennedy-Longfellow School, Cambridge

 

Scratch Educator Meetups are held every first Saturday of the month during the 2014-2015 school year. The meetup is free, includes lunch, free parking in the school lot, and may count towards PDP hours. Educators from the same school, program, etc. are encouraged to attend together as a group. Bring your own laptop (BYOL). You'll have opportunities to:

* share strategies for integrating Scratch into classroom practice
* explore the core ideas underlying Scratch
* self-organize into different interest groups and hands-on activities

 

Find more information and register here.

 

April 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Science QUEST

Saturday, April 11, 2015

9:30AM – 3:40PM

Integrated Science Building (ISB)
661 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst


High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are invited to sign up and attend Science Quest at UMass Amherst. Spend the day on campus and participate in a variety of engaging and exciting
science and engineering presentations, demonstrations, and lab tours. Science Quest is a one-day event and it is ENTIRELY FREE to all attendees. Students have an opportunity to:

-See and do hands-on science-related activities, demonstrations, lab tours and mini-experiments

* Learn about the cutting-edge research going on at UMass

* Meet UMass professors, grad students, and like-minded peers

* Have lunch for free at UMass' award-winning dining facilities

* See why UMass consistently ranks in the top tier of public research universities

 

Students may come on their own, with a parent, or with a teacher on a class field trip. Pre- registration is requested of all attendees to ensure adequate space and materials. Find more information and register here.

 

April 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

STEM Super Saturday for Elementary School Educators

Saturday, April 11, 2015

8:00AM – 12:30PM

Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI
85 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA


Local educators will be offering sessions in the STEM disciplines geared specifically for elementary school educators:

* Simulation in Biology

* STEM for ALL! Integrated STEM Activities for Diverse Learners

* Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

*Volcano Voyagers

*Blowing in the Wind: Exploring the Environment through Data Analysis

 

Pre- registration by April 3 is requested to ensure adequate space and materials but walk-ins will be welcomed. 

For more information and to register, contact Jackie Bonneau at bonneau@wpi.edu or Shari Weaver at sweaver@wpi.edu

 

April 18, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Artbotics Workshop

Saturday, April 18, 2015

9:30AM – 12:30PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA


Pre-registration required. Space is limited. For ages 7 to 127. Learn how to build and program interactive robots using LEGO EV3 robotics kits. Originally developed at UMASS Lowell, Artbotics is a program that has been designed to introduce students to art, computer science, and robotics, by creating interactive, kinetic sculptures


For more information and to register: http://holyokecodes.org/events/artbotics-4-18/

 

April 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Treasure Hunt Workshop for Girls

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA


Pre-registration required. Space is limited. For girls ages 7 and above. This workshop is part of series that Holyoke Codes is offering to help people get involved in coding in a supportive environment.  Using Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the incredible worldwide Scratch online community.


For more information and to register: http://holyokecodes.org/events/scratch-workshop-apr-21/

 

 

April 23, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

VSim: a Prototype for Interaction with 3D Content

Thursday, April 23, 2015

1:00PM – 2:00PM

UMass Campus Center, Room 168C
Amherst, MA


TechTalk this Thursday: Dr. Lisa M. Snyder (UCLA), will give a demonstration of VSim, using examples from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 as a case study. The VSim prototype, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Digital Research and Education at UCLA, is an open-source interface for interacting with computer models. The goal was to enable the use of 3D content in teaching and learning, with the software specifically designed with the needs of scholars, educators, and students in mind.


For more information and to register: https://www.it.umass.edu/general/registration-vsim-a-prototype-interaction-3d-content

 

 

MAR 2015

 

Mar. 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Connect: LEGO Robotics Day

Saturday, March 28, 2015

8:30AM - 4:30PM

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, contact caite@cs.umass.edu

Mar. 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Electronic Art Workshop

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00AM - 2:30PM

Amherst Media |
246 College St. Amherst, MA

 

This hands-on workshop for youths of all ages focuses on creative interactive drawings with simple electronics. Participants will be guided through the process of building paper circuits as they learn about conductivity, LED's, making DIY switches, and debugging. Once they become familiar with the process of crafting a circuit, participants will be encouraged to tell their own stories with light. Pre-register by March 27. Registration fee includes Chibitronic sticker circuit kit and lunch.

 

Find more information and register here.

Mar. 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvius the Life-Sized Robot

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00AM - 2:30PM

Amherst Media
246 College St. Amherst, MA

 

Salvius is a six foot robot built using recycled parts.  (Learn more about Salvius at http://salviusrobot.blogspot.com/). Salvius’ creator, Gunther Cox, will visit Amherst Media to discuss the process of designing and building Salvius and then participants will be invited to help make him even more interactive. Come learn more about sensors, coding, and robotics as we all work together to make Salvius interact with his environment. Makers of all levels are invited to attend. Pre-register by March 27. Registration feel includes lunch.

 

Find more information and register here.

Mar. 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMass STEM Ed Seminar: Mobile Platform for Data Capture and Use in the Class and Beyond

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

4:00PM

UMass Amherst Hasbrouck 113

 

Luk Hendrik of AECERN, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, will give a hands-on introduction to the AECERN Discovery Hub, and discuss its progress and how educators can collaborate with AECERN. AECERN is a non-profit education organization that is exploring how technology can help by providing tools and structure to guide and facilitate data capture and use, both in the classroom and beyond. In collaboration with teachers in MA and throughout the US, AECERN is building the Aecern Discovery Hub, a free learning platform that prompts students to capture discoveries they make through a mobile app (for iPad, iPhone only at this time). Their discoveries are automatically made available to them online through the Aecern website, where they can be reviewed, shared, and incorporated into learning activities. Teachers can either build their own version of the Aecern app, or use one designed by the Aecern community of discovery educators.

 

This event is free of charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. For more information, email Marie Silver msilver@umassk12.net.

Oct 2014

 

Oct. 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

8:30AM to 1:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

An event for high school girls interested in the field of engineering and computing, as well as counselors and teachers. Highlights of the day include hands-on activities, technology demonstrations, alumni and student panel, and on-campus facilities tours.

 

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-engineering-and-computing-career-day-2014-tickets-12197239271?ref=estw

JUN 2014

 

June 4, 2014

Pioneer Valley STEMNetwork Presents:

Feeding the Computer Science/IT Pipeline:
Short and Long Range Solutions

June 4, 2014

3:30PM

Holyoke Comm. College, Kittredge Ctr. Room 301/303

 

Who should be attending this event? Education, Workforce, and Economic Development Professionals, Government, Businesses

 

Join us for a follow up to our successful IT/CS Symposium in February on the crisis in IT/CS workforce and education pathways, invited panelists will provide model solutions, followed by a discussion of next steps

SPEAKERS:
Jason Pacheco, Baystate Health
Josh Finkel, Tech Foundry
Audrey St John, Mt Holyoke College
Renee Fall, CAITE
John Heffernan, Williamsburg Elem. Schools

 

For more information: msilver@umassk12.net, 413-545-0734, www.pvstem.net

apr 2014

 

April 3, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 3, 2014

9AM - 4:30PM

MGHPCC

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, contact caite@cs.umass.edu

mar 2014

 

March 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, March 29, 2014

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, contact caite@cs.umass.edu

feb 2014

 

Februar 14, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Computer Workforce in Western Mass: A Critical Shortage?
A Symposium sponsored by Pioneer Valley STEM Network

February 14, 2014 3:00 PM
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

 

Keynote Speaker: Richard Adrion, UMass Professor Emeritus Computer Science and Director of CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education)

Panelists:Delcie Bean, President, Paragus IT and Director of Tech Foundry;Jackie Fallon President, FIT Solutions,
Robert LePage, HCC, STCC and the TWO Program (Training and Workforce Options); Paul Hake, Hitpoint Studios

Who Should Attend? Policy makers and interested professionals in K-16 education, workforce training, business and non profits sectors

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

email: msilver@umassk12.net,
Phone: 413-545-0734
Web : www.pvstem.net

Oct 2013

 

October 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robotics and Science Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2013

9:00AM to 1:00PM

Olsen Hall, UMass Lowell

 

This free hands-on workshop will demonstrate building robots, data collection, and visualization-a science module. Both sessions are designed for potential classroom implementation.

Workshop participants will:
* Interact with other teachers who have already used robots.
* Build and program your own robot creature.
* Receive advanced instruction for experienced users.
* Learn about a new science offering on using sensors in the classroom, data collection & visualization
* Receive information about UMass Lowell workshops, scholarship and funding opportunities

SEP 2013

 

September 17, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Reforming K20 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts: Issues, Options, and Challenges

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

4:00pm

UMass Amherst Hasbrouk 139

 

Rick Adrion, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, presents this UMass STEM Ed Seminar on Computer Science Education. This talk will be of interest to K20 educators, parents, business and industry, students, and policymakers who’ve been following the buzz around computing education in Massachusetts (e.g. Boston Globe 6/11-12 , 7/3, 9/9) and beyond.

 

This event is free of charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. For more information email Marie Silver msilver@umassk12.net

August 2013

 

August 6, 2013

 

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FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop

August 6
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center


Parents, educators, leaders of youth groups, college students--anyone who is interested in coaching an FLL team now or in the future, or using FLL with youth.


Registration fee: none (lunch included)
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
Registration deadline: July 23 (or until all spaces filled)
To register: http://2013coachesconnect.eventbrite.com/
For more information: http://2013coachesconnect.eventbrite.com/ or caite@cs.umass.edu
Sponsored by: CAITE, FIRST, LEGO, Girls Inc. Holyoke, MGHPCC

August 13-16, 2013

 

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August 13-16
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
App Inventor Boot Camp


High school educators (middle school and college educators also welcome) who plan to integrate App Inventor into their curricula are invited to this workshop at the MGHPCC in Holyoke, MA.


Registration fee: none (lunch included)
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
Registration deadline: July 5 (or until all spaces filled)
To register: http://appinventorbootcamp.eventbrite.com/
For more information: http://appinventorbootcamp.eventbrite.com/ or caite@cs.umass.edu
Sponsored by: CAITE, ECEP, MGHPCC

August 16, 2013

 

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August 16
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Western Mass. Computer Science Teacher Meet-Up


What: Gathering of computer science teachers in Western Massachusetts (Worcester and west are welcome)

When: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:45– 3 pm (optional tours, 3-4 pm)

Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC)

100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA

Who: You + fellow K12 computer science educators + higher education faculty + CAITE and CSTA representatives

Cost: $0 + free on-site parking

How: Sponsored by the Expanded Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, CAITE, and MGHPCC

Preregistration required by August 6: http://csmeetup.eventbrite.com/

July 2013

 

July 13, 2013

 

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July 13
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge
Creative Computing Symposium
Registration fee: $15
Registration deadline: July 12
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
To register: http://cc-symposium.eventbrite.com
For more information: http://cc-symposium.eventbrite.com
Sponsored by: CAITE/ECEP and the ScratchEd Team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

July 24-26, 2013

 

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July 24 - 26
UMass Lowell
CS4HS - Computer Science for High School Teachers
Middle- and high-school teachers – App Inventor
Registration fee: $100 (breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided) Travel support available.
Registration deadline: May 31 (or sooner, as space is limited to 30)
To register: http://umasslowell2013cs4hs.eventbrite.com
For more information: http://www.cs.uml.edu/cs4hs/ or email fredm@cs.uml.edu
Sponsored by: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Google, and CAITE/ECEP

MAY 2013

 
 

Scratch Day MIT

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10AM - 1PM

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge

 

Meet, share, and learn with Boston-area Scratchers at Scratch Day MIT 2013! Young people, teachers, and parents are all welcome to participate. You’ll have opportunities to:
* meet, mix, and mingle with other Scratchers
* share your Scratch creations and collaborate on new creations
* learn more about Scratch -- from small tips and tricks to big ideas

Please bring your own laptop. (Unfortunately, Scratch does not run on tablets.)

 

Find the details at http://day.scratch.mit.edu/event/729 and register at http://sdmit2013.eventbrite.com/. Space is limited!

APRIL 2013

 

April 6, 2013

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Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 6, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

April 6, 2013

S.E.T. in the City for HS Girls

Saturday, April 6, 2013

9AM - 5PM

Boston University

 

For the fifth annual S.E.T. in the City- A Day of Career Exploration in Science,Engineering & Technology for High School Girls, students will start the day at Boston University and travel to area venues including Biogen Idec, Harvard, Emmanuel, Northeastern, Simmons, or Wentworth for lunch and laboratory activities. Participating students will take part in hands-on activities, hear from and interact with students and professionals in SET fields, learn about cutting edge research that will change the world, and find out how to prepare for careers in Science, Engineering, and Technology. The cost of attending is $10.00. Interested students may pre-register for the event online at http://www.bostongirlsstem.org/setinthecity.

April 6-14, 2013

National Robotics Week


Robotics Week is a week-long series of events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of "robo-technology" and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States. Robotics is proving to be uniquely adept at enabling students of all ages to learn important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and at inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. Events held throughout the week will feature opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos, and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities as well as expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. To find and event in your area or to host your own event visit: www.nationalroboticsweek.org.

April 12, 2013

STEP to Success in STEM Conference

Mass Bay Community College

 

CAITE will be presenting a session on supplementary instruction as best practice in introductory computer science/STEM classes. Participants in this session will learn about SI as a promising intervention to increase pass rates and grades, examine models for implementation and assessment, talk with faculty and a student who have participated, and consider if and how to start SI or similar forms of peer-led academic support on their own campuses.

See: http://www.nustemccconference.com

April 27, 2013

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Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

MARCH 2013

 
 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

March 28, 2013

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Community College Day

Thursday, March 28, 2013

9:30AM - 2:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

The College of Engineering and the School of Computer Science/ CAITE at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite Community College students and faculty to attend this program for a fantastic opportunity to discover the new opportunities and initiatives that the college will offer in the coming years.

DEC 2012

 

December 9-15, 2012

CS Ed Week
Massachusetts and Nationally


CSEdWeek 2012, December 9 to 15, 2012, is a highly distributed celebration of the impact of computing and the need for computer science education. For more information, http://www.csedweek.org/ or follow the new blog at http://www.csedweek.org/newsroom.

 

December 18, 2012

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How to Run a Summer Camp Workshop

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

10AM to 3PM

Devens Common Center, Devens MA

 

This workshop is open to MA college and university faculty & staff who want to develop, host, and organize financially sustainable summer computing camps (new or ongoing).

 

To register or receive more information, please contact caite@cs.umass.edu

NOV 2012

 

November 6, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

OCT 2012

 

Ongoing

This season’s Technovation Challenge is launching for high school girls (age 13-18)! Guided by online curriculum and female mentors, girls work in teams to develop mobile phone apps and pitch their app to a panel of experts. Regional winners go on to the Technovation World Pitch event, where prizes include $10,000 in funding and support to get their app on the market! This program is run by Iridescent, a science education non-profit - and there is no cost to enroll.

 

Find out about opportunities for students, teachers, and mentors at technovationchallenge.org

October 29, 2012

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Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day
8:30am - 1:30pm
UMass Amherst

 

An event hosted by the College of Engineering Diversity Programs Office in cooperation with CAITE and the UMass Amherst Computer Science Department. The program is intended for high school girls interested in the field of engineering and computing (up to 10 may attend per school), and accompanying guidance counselors & teachers.


Highlights of the day include:

Hands-on engineering and computer science activities

Demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology

Alumni and student panel - "Why I chose engineering & computing"

 Valerie Gordeski, Raytheon, "Engineering in the 21st Century: Improving the world through innovative technological solutions"

Information about career opportunities

Lunch chats with college students, professors, and engineers

Optional tours of engineering & computer science labs 

Information for teachers and counselors (Certificate of Participation)

Space is limited; registration ends October 15, 2012.

Questions: pdavis@ecs.umass.edu

SEPT 2012

 

September 15, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

AUG 2012

 

August 8, 2012

 

 

Advanced iJava Workshop
10am – 4pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

If you have used iJava before, or if you are a skilled Java programmer, then this one day workshop on advanced aspects of iJava is the event for you.  The workshop will emphasize iJava’s approach to some of the more advanced topics that are covered in the text, including inheritance, files, interfaces, and GUIs. The workshop will also present some of iJava’s features for grading, record-keeping and class monitoring.
Who should attend Advanced iJava: Educators who have attended Intro to iJava Workshop, who have used iJava in their teaching, and/or are whizzes at Java programming.

To register, go to: http://ijava2012advanced.eventbrite.com/

August 7, 2012

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FLL Coach Connect Workshop
9:30am – 2:30pm
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, Holyoke, MA

 

Training for parents, educators, youth-organization leaders who want to organize and coach FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for robotics competitions. Participants will learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, learn more about FLL and team-building. For more information and to register for this fun, hands-on workshop, go to http://firstcoach.eventbrite.com/



More info and registration at:
http://firstcoach2.eventbrite.com

August 7, 2012

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Introduction to iJava Workshop
10am – 4pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

CAITE is offering a workshop by UMass Amherst Computer Science Professor Robert Moll, the inventor of iJava, on Monday, August 6. This workshop covers the principal features of the text and associated course from the perspective of both students and instructors. Various iJava teaching tactics are discussed, and their relevancy for high school and community college classes are highlighted.


Registration required.
To register, go to: http://ijava2012intro.eventbrite.com/

More about iJava:
 http://ijava.cs.umass.edu/

SEPT 2012

 

September 15, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

July 2012

 

July 31 - Aug.2, 2012

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CS4HS: A workshop and conference on Computer Science for middle and high school teachers
UMass Lowell North Campus, Lowell, MA

 

3-day, hands-on workshop and conference for regional middle- and high-shcool CS, math, and technology teachers. Workshop on App Inventor and the Finch Robot, panels on equity and advocacy in CS, talks on CS pedagogy including the new CS Principles course, and more.

More details, including how to register, are at http://www.cs.uml.edu/cs4hs/

Event co-organizers:
Fred Martin
Kelly Powers
Padmaja Bandaru
(contact us all at cs4hs-csta-2012-org@weblab.cs.uml.edu)

July 16 - 20, 2012

July 23 - 27, 2012

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COMPUTER CAMP!

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

Summer Camp in Fun Exploration of Robotics and Game Design Dr. Jan Bergandy, CIS Chairperson & Camp Director Sponsored by Computer Science Department & Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Campus Session 1: July 16-20, 2012 Session 2: July 23-27, 2012 You will work in teams to design a simple computer game, to make the robots move the way you want them to, and to tell a story through computer animation. You will work in teams with our teachers and students and on the last day show your parents how smart and talented you are and what you have accomplished. You will make new friends, have fun, and experience the value of teamwork.

July 9 - 21, 2012

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Summer Robotics Camp

Springfield Technical Community College

 

The Summer Robotics Camp at STCC introduces students to robotics, computer tools, engineering, and art in a hands-on way that encourages problem-solving and team-building. Located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, camps include fun activities, campus tours, and field trip

June 29, 2012

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FLL Coach Connect Workshop
9:30am – 2:30pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Training for parents, educators, youth-organization leaders who want to organize and coach FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for robotics competitions. Participants will learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, learn more about FLL and team-building. For more information and to register for this fun, hands-on workshop, go to http://firstcoach.eventbrite.com

June 27 - 28, 2012

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Artbotics: Tutorial and Best Practices
iRobot, Bedford, Mass.


Day One: Artbotics workshop (new/refresher)
Day Two: Artbotics best-practices workshop

Educators can choose to participate in either or both days. Day Two will include those who are already using Artbotics.

The 2-day workshop will address the needs of those that have not yet been trained in Artbotics, on Day 1, and will offer further support, professional development, and sharing opportunities to those who are already implementing Artbotics, on Day 2. People new to Artbotics will gain experience on the first day.

June 27-Aug. 15, 2012

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BATEC Summer Institutes

 

The Summer Institutes are no cost, professional development courses offered for technology high school teachers and college faculty in Massachusetts. Courses will be offered at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

 

For a complete list of offerings, please visit http://batec.org/summer-institutes/summer-institutes-2012-2

June 25- 26, 2012

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Incorporating Computing Concepts into Curriculum Frameworks: Prof. Dev. Workshop for MS and HS educators

Worcester State University

 

The workshop - Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks is free of cost and is geared towards middle school and high school teachers.  Please consider attending the workshop.  If you have questions, please send email to
Karl.Wurst@worcester.edu

Find out more at:
http://www.worcester.edu/ComputerScienceDept/ICCCF/

Registration deadline is June 1st.

april 2012

 

April 7-15, 2012

National Robotics Week

 

The third annual National Robotics Week will be held from April 7-15, 2012 with a series of regional events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation. The week highlights the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas and emphasizes its ability to inspire students while building their interest in STEM areas and innovation. From Palo Alto to the National Mall in D.C. to Boston, events held throughout the week will feature dozens of opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities and expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. National Robotics Week was founded by leading universities and companies, and established with assistance from the Congressional Caucus on Robotics by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution.
Information: www.nationalroboticsweek.org
Contact: lfreed@irobot.com

mar 2012

 

March 14, 2012

Holyoke Community College Career Exploration Fair

8:30am-11:30am

Bartley Center, Holyoke Community College

 

High school students from nearby schools will visit the college to explore STEM-related career pathways in business, education, health, engineering, IT, computing, and more. Representatives from schools and industry will showcase these careers through hands-on demonstrations, discussions, and simulations.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education and Career Services office at 413-552-2322.

March 24, 2012

Holyoke Community College Career Exploration Fair

8:30am-11:30am

Bartley Center, Holyoke Community College

 

High school students from nearby schools will visit the college to explore STEM-related career pathways in business, education, health, engineering, IT, computing, and more. Representatives from schools and industry will showcase these careers through hands-on demonstrations, discussions, and simulations.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education and Career Services office at 413-552-2322.

March 29,012

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UMass Amherst Community College Day

9am registration

UMass Amherst Lincoln Campus Center

 

Potential Engineering and Computer Science transfer students are invited to UMass Amherst to learn about opportunities in the College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science. For more information, contact Cheryl Kiras at ckiras@cs.umass.edu.

July - August 2011

 

July - August, 2011

BATEC Summer Institutes

 

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2011. This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, and other locations to be announced. Courses and registration information will be made available soon at this website.

 

June 2011

 

June 29, 2011

STREAM 2011 Interactive Workshop (K-12 educators)

 

STREAM 2011 will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA on June 29, 2011 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. STREAM is a workshop to help K-12 educators utilize robotics as they teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive exercises, as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM. The STREAM workshop is organized by UMass Lowell and iRobot. Click here for more information.

 

June 27-28, 2011

"CS4HS" (Computer Sciece for High School)

 

CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in secondary schools. UMass Lowell has received a 2011 CS4HS grant from Google's Education Group, and is delighted to offer a 2-day, hands-on workshop to regional middle- and high-school computer science, mathematics, and technology teachers.

Our goals are to provide teachers with (1) ideas they can immediately bring into their teaching; (2) a forum to share approaches with each other; and (3) an opportunity to meet our faculty and see what we can offer their students. For more information, click here.

To register you must complete an online form.

 

June 23-24, 2011

Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks
Workshop for Middle and High School Educators in Mathematics, Science and Technology

 

This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and Technology. This workshop will be held at Worcester State College and will discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

Interested educators should submit the registration form to Karl Wurst either via email or fax 508-929-8156 no later than June 4, 2011. The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast and lunch will be served on both days. See website for additional details. Limited funding assistance for accommodations is available for those educators who live more than an hour drive away. The ICCCF workshop is organized and funded by CAITE, NSF BPC and Worcester State College.
Registration Deadline: June 4th, 2011

april 2011

 

April 1, 2011

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High Tech College Fair (CAITE-BATEC)

Roxbury Community College

April 3-5, 2011

Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference

The 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is the sixth in a series of conferences, its ten year anniversary! The program includes stellar invited speakers, a student poster competition, a daylong Doctoral Consortium, a session featuring a choice of attractions unique to San Francisco, a gala banquet and dance, and many exciting networking opportunities.

April 9, 2011

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Botfest Exhibition and Botball Robotics Competition

Botfest is an open-ended robotics exhibition that complements competitive events by allowing greater room for creative expression. It is intended to appeal to a wide range of robot enthusiasts, from novices to experts. Lowell middle school students who participated in the CAITE sponsored year-long Botfest After-School Program will exhibit their creations at the annual Botfest exhibit. A number of other schools will be participating as well. The exhibition will take place in Costello Gym from 11am-1:30 pm. For more information, go to www.botfest.org The highly spirited and competetive Botball tournament will take place from 9am-5pm, sharing the same gymnasium with the Botfest exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments available for purchase.

April 9, 2011

New England Undergraduate Comptuing Symposium

New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium
For computer science students. Call for projects and details.

April 16, 2011

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Girls Connect

One-day introduction to FIRST LEGO League for teams of girls across Western Mass. Pre-application and registration required due to limited space.

march 2011

 

March 5, 2011

 

ELA Multi-cultural Computing Brunch

Howard Thurman Cntr, Lower Level, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

RSVP Required

 

 

March 16, 2011

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Hampden-Hampshire Tech Prep Career Fair

400 students from Western Mass. learn about future careers. CAITE will demo computer science/IT careers. For more info: HCC Tech Prep, 413-552-2387.

 

March 24, 2011

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Community College Day

UMA Computer Science & College of Engineering invite prospective CC transfer students and CC faculty and advisors. Registration required.


february 2011

 

Feb 1, 2011

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Programming Contest

This annual event is a collaboration with high schools in the Bristol CC area that brings students together to compete in a programming contest.

 

Feb 2, 2011

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Outreach to Middle Schools

Bristol CC will bring middle school students onto campus to encourage them to think about computing as a career, going to college and becoming involved in math to open up more possibilities.

 

jan 2011

 

January 8, 2011

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Botball

Botball is a 2-day professional Development Educator's Workshop where participants learn to use robotics as an inqiry-based tools, real-world programming languages, content knowledge and engineering skills building a working demo robot, and current components in the Botball kit and game challenge. There is a workshop over the following 7-9 weeks, a tournament, and a follow up Global Conference on Education Robotics.

 

Jan 21-22, 2011

Botfest

dec 2010

 

Dec 5-11, 2010

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CS Ed Week
CAITE has invited its partner campuses, schools, and community organizations to organize activities to help raise awareness of computing and its role in society during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2010. Visit our webpage to see the list of CAITE-supported activities across Massachusetts, while even more activities are happening around the U.S.

Dec 6, 2010

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CS Teacher Meeting
Monday, 3.30 - 5.30PM

UMass Amherst, CS150

As part of CSEd week CAITE will be hosting a community meeting for middle and high school computer science teachers at UMass Amherst.

 

Dec 7, 2010

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Career Exploration Day--Computer Science Panel

Career Exploration Day: 9:00am-1:45pm, Dec 7, 2010 allows local area high school juniors and seniors visit GCC. This year, from 10:00-10:45 a panel of computer science college students and computer/IT professionals will discuss their education, work, and what they like about being in the computer science field. All students will attend this plenary before visiting the GCC class of their choice, and going to an event in an area of interest. Engineer Speaker Day, an annual event in which local engineers talk about their work and education, will be held the same day from 1:00-3:00 in Sloan theater. High school students are welcome join GCC engineering students in this event as well.

Dec 8, 2010

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STEM Poster Session and Ice Cream Party

A STEM Poster Session and Ice Cream Party will be held today at Middlesex Community College. Students from STEM and computer science classes will present their research and projects.

Dec 9, 2010

 

Free Webinar: Blending Traditional & Online Learning 101

Join us on December 9, 2010 for our free webinar, "Blending Traditional and Online Learning 101: Best Practices to Get Your School Started." Presenters Gregg Levin, Vice President of Schools and Solutions – Aventa Learning/K12 Inc., and Kelly Schwirzke, Coordinator of Instructional Technology – Santa Clara County of Education, will offer real-world examples of how schools can successfully incorporate a hybrid model to:

• Attract and/or retain students and teachers
• Build a broader range of engaging and rigorous courses and instructors
• Provide financial and educational benefits
• Add a customized, online learning solution

Space is limited. Register today!

Aventa Learning is now part of K12 Inc., the nation’s leading provider of online learning for grades K-12.

Dec 10-11, 2010

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Robots Exhibition at The Springfield Museums

An educational, fun and exciting exhibit featuring the characters of the movie Robots. Take an adventure through this mechanical world. See how robots can better our lives today and in the future.
Learn how the movie was created, play interactive games and build your own robot! This exhibit promises to be entertaining for the entire family.

 

As part of CS Ed Week, CAITE is sponsoring a special admission fee waiver to the Robots Exhibition at The Springfield Museums on Dec. 10 & 11 only. Bring your middle and high school students to explore the exhibit... FREE of charge!

NOV 2010

 

Nov 21, 2010

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony

Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in
Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their
computing-related achievements and interests. By generating visibility
for these young women in their local communities, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages their continued interest in
computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and
corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the
importance of women's participation.

Each qualified national awardee will receive:
* $500 in cash
* a laptop computer, provided by Bank of America
* a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and
Awards Ceremony, March 27, 2010, held in Charlotte, North Carolina
* an engraved award for both the student and the student’s school
In addition, UMass Lowell is awarding a $10,000 scholarship to awardees that attend the university.

Time of the ceremony TBA

Nov 14, 2010

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Workshops for Girl Scouts at Middlesex Community College

Math Moves U workshop will be held on November 14 at MCC. In addition, 55 minute "Alice" workshops will be given to 300 girl scounts in 6 concurrent sessions by Raytheon software engineers and MCC faculty. Heather Bryne, a UMass Lowell grad student will be one of the closing speakers.

Nov 14, 2010

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"MathMoves U," STEM middle school student event

This full-day, STEM outreach event is a collaboration with Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass and Middlesex Community College. One of three themes for the day will be computer science for which Engineers from Raytheon will lead 15 "Alice" programing workshops for about 350 girls in 4th - 8th grade. For more information please contact Margaret Bleichman at MCC.

oct 2010

 

Oct 30, 2010

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CS Unplugged Workshop at CSTA/ CS Professional Development Day

Karl Wurst and Aparna Mahadev, faculty at Worcester State College, will be leading a CS Unplugged workshop from 1-3 pm at the Mass. Tech. Collaborative Center in Worcester, MA, on 10/30 as part of the CSTA/ CS Professional Development Day. This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and Technology. The workshop will also discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

Oct 25, 2010

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Women in Engineering Career Day Conference

This year’s Career Day is particularly exciting as we are honored to have UMASS Dartmouth alum Dr. Lisa Hubbard, a Senior Engineering Manager in the Systems Architecture and Design Directorate at Raytheon. In addition to this presentation, two interactive activities will be conducted with the students to allow them to build fully operational engineering projects. Register early as spots fill up quickly!
If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Shelly Perdomo by email or (413) 545-2030.

Oct 15, 2010

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Are you a young, high-school woman who has had several computer-related achievements? If so you are eligible to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing which serves to promote and acknowledge the efforts of young women interested in computer science and information technology. "The “NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing” acknowledges the computing achievements and aspirations of young women, and generates visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits." For detailed information on the award process, components and criteria read more here!

sept 2010

 

Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2010

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Atlanta, GA
Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.
Past Grace Hopper Celebrations have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking, mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing.
This year's theme: Collaborating Across Boundaries.
Register now!

Sept 27, 2010

 

Dot Diva Official Launch

 

Dot Diva's mission is to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. Their nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as "boring" and "hard," but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: "working with others" and "making a difference in other people's lives." Dot Diva's ultimate goal is to transform this negative perception.
dotdiva.org will officially launch on Sept 27, 2010!

aug 2010

 

August, 2010

BATEC Summer Institutes

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2010.  This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. New topics being planned include: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Dreamweaver/Flash/Photoshop, Internet Security, iJava, Information Storage, IT Essentials, IT Problem Solving, Office 2010/Windows 7, Programming for the Android, Social Networking Tools, Virtualization and others. Courses and registration information will be made available on this website soon.  For more information on past Summer Institutes, please click here.

july 2010

 

July, 2010

BATEC Summer Institutes

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2010.  This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. New topics being planned include: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Dreamweaver/Flash/Photoshop, Internet Security, iJava, Information Storage, IT Essentials, IT Problem Solving, Office 2010/Windows 7, Programming for the Android, Social Networking Tools, Virtualization and others. Courses and registration information will be made available on this website soon.  For more information on past Summer Institutes, please click here.

june 2010

 

June 28-29, 2010

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Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks
Workshop for Middle and High School Educators in Mathematics, Science and Technology

 

This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and
Technology. This workshop will be held at Worcester State College and will discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

 

Interested educators should submit the registration form to Karl Wurst
either via email or fax 508-929-8156 no later than June 4, 2010. The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See website for additional details. Limited funding assistance for accommodations is available for those educators who live more than an hour drive away. The ICCCF workshop is organized and funded by CAITE, NSF BPC and
Worcester State College.


Registration Deadline: June 4th, 2010

 

June 24-25, 2010

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STREAM Robotics Workshop

STREAM is a two day, hands-on workshop to help K-12 educators utilize robotics as they teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive sessions as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM. Representatives of local technology companies will also describe potential careers for students interested in robotics and STEM disciplines.

 

The workshop will be held at iRobot in Bedford, MA from June 24—25, 2010. For the schedule and more information visit this link.

June 16-18, 2010

Media Computation Workshop

Mark Guzdial will be returning to Massachusetts to present a Media Computation workshop. The goal of this workshop is to introduce techniques that might be integrated into introductory courses in computing with a goal of attracting and engaging a broader range of students. We will be using Alice and Media Computation. Both approaches motivate and engage students by contextualizing computing in a relevant activity.

 

This workshop will be held in Boston.
Please visit the Georgia Computes! wiki for more information.

June 14-15, 2010

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From Visual Programing to Media: Getting Students Excited About the First Course

Mark Guzdial of Georgia Computes! will be returning to Massachusetts to present a First Courses in Computing workshop. The workshop will teach approaches to introducing computing that engage a broad range of students. It will include brief introductions to visual programming in Alice and Scratch, and techniques for motivating textual programming in Java and Python for manipulating media.

 

This first workshop will be held at UMass Amherst.

Registration page coming soon! Please visit the Georgia Computes! wiki for further description and agenda for the days.

June 1, 2010

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Gaming Professional Development Workshop

Cape Cod Community College will be hosting a professional development workshop on gaming this Tuesday.

Contact Gail Guarino for more info.

may 2010

 

May 29, 2010

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SUMO Robotics Competition

Students from greater Boston and Lowell will compete in Machine Science's fourth annual Robot Sumo Tournament at the Museum of Science Boston on Saturday, May 29, 2010. Stoklosa and Sullivan middle schools of Lowell have been meeting year-round in an after-school technology program sponsored by CAITE. They will contribute to an impressive range of designs and strategies at the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top tournament finishers, as well as competitors whose robots are especially creative or thoughtfully programmed.

 

May 25, 2010

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Green High Performance Computing Educators Conference

With the planned Green High Performance Computing Center to be built in Holyoke, and the effort to attract and retain more IT industry in Massachusetts, educators will be asked to train more students for the IT workforce. Want to start incorporating some of these technologies in your classroom?


This event is organized by community college educators, for community college educators and beyond, will be held at Holyoke Community College 8.30 - 4pm, and is free to attend. Educators in computing, information & communications technology, and engineering fields at community colleges, universities, high schools, and informal education organizations who want to learn about new technologies to incorporate into their curricula.


Advanced registration is required by May 17! Stipends for participation are available for educators who are not employed on contracts on May 25.

May 24, 2010

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CIS Day for High Schools

This college/ career fair day will include 20 minute hands-on workshops - each workshop to be held twice for students to rotate through. A speakers session will start the day in the morning.
Contact Lisa McLoughlin for more info.

May 22, 2010

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Geek Girl Boot Camp '10

Geek Girl Boot Camps are technology "unconferences" for women of all ages and knowledge levels where you can go to take classes on everything to do with computers, PC and Mac, the Internet, marketing, consumer electronics, software, social media, Photoshop, blogging, podcasting, digital photography, and more. Read more about the Workshops and Speakers.

geek girl: empowering women, one geek girl at a time

May 18-20, 2010

 

NCWIT 2010 Practices Summit: Intel I, Portland, OR
The NCWIT Practices Summit is the annual destination for learning about leading-edge research on curriculum, creativity, and advocacy efforts across the entire CS/IT pipeline. 


Network with your community. Share ideas in interactive breakouts and panel discussions, on topics ranging from women's participation in open source to engaging CS curriculum. Hear the results of new research on women and computing, including the business value of women's participation. Celebrate the 2010 winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Catch up on the latest in computing education/innovation policy out of D.C.  We will also honor our 2010 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award-winner for her excellence in IT entrepreneurship.

May 15, 2010

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STCC IT Video Contest Awards

Springfield Technical Community College will host the 3rd annual video contest event on May 15, 2010.  Students will have made a 2 minute video that will show their response to the prompt: "My Roadmap to a Career in Information Technology."

Contact Diane Snyder for more info.

May 12, 2010

Anita Borg Systers Award application due

The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another. The cash awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass-It-On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.

 

Pass-it-on Award applications are open to any woman over 18 years old in or aspiring to be in the fields of computing. Awards are open to women in all countries and range from $500.00 to $1000.00 USD. Applications covering a wide variety of needs and projects are encouraged

May 11, 2010

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STCC Senior Projects Day

Springfield Technical Community College will host the 4th annual Senior Projects Day for local high schools.  The event will give high school students the opportunity to projects that were based on computers and information technology.  Students will arrive in the morning and will be given the opportunity to view the projects and talk to STCC seniors about their projects.  Students will also be given talks by STCC faculty with regards to an IT education.  Lunch, a quick tour of the campus and a talk by admissions will end the day.

 

Contact Diane Snyder for more info.

May 6-7, 2010

Politics of Open Source Conference

The Journal of Information Technology and Politics is hosting JITP 2010: Politics of Open Source. The conference will kick off with an invited presentation on "Women in Free/Open Source Software Development" by Hanna Wallach, senior postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
A complete program is available at http://politicsofopensource.jitp.net

april 2010

 

April 16-17, 2010

CCSCNE 2010 15th Annual Conference
Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. The conference is held in cooperation with the ACM SIGCSE and is hosted by the University of Hartford.


The CCSCNE brings together faculty, staff, and students from academic institutions throughout the Northeast for the exchange of ideas and information concerning undergraduate computing curricula. This conference provides a regional forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to the concerns of computing and computing curricula in a smaller academic environment.

 

March 23 Submission Deadline for: Programming contest registration, early registration, and hotel cutoff date.

April 1, 2010

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Girls Inc/ IT Capstone Course Connection
SPRING 2010 Collaboration with Information Education - UMass

April 1, 2010

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IT Regional Fair
Hosted by Hampden-Hampshire Career Vocational Technical Education Consortium

8.30am - 11.30am, Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College

   

Mar. 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvius the Life-Sized Robot

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00AM - 2:30PM

Amherst Media
246 College St. Amherst, MA

 

Salvius is a six foot robot built using recycled parts.  (Learn more about Salvius at http://salviusrobot.blogspot.com/). Salvius’ creator, Gunther Cox, will visit Amherst Media to discuss the process of designing and building Salvius and then participants will be invited to help make him even more interactive. Come learn more about sensors, coding, and robotics as we all work together to make Salvius interact with his environment. Makers of all levels are invited to attend. Pre-register by March 27. Registration feel includes lunch.

 

Find more information and register here.

Mar. 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMass STEM Ed Seminar: Mobile Platform for Data Capture and Use in the Class and Beyond

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

4:00PM

UMass Amherst Hasbrouck 113

 

Luk Hendrik of AECERN, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, will give a hands-on introduction to the AECERN Discovery Hub, and discuss its progress and how educators can collaborate with AECERN. AECERN is a non-profit education organization that is exploring how technology can help by providing tools and structure to guide and facilitate data capture and use, both in the classroom and beyond. In collaboration with teachers in MA and throughout the US, AECERN is building the Aecern Discovery Hub, a free learning platform that prompts students to capture discoveries they make through a mobile app (for iPad, iPhone only at this time). Their discoveries are automatically made available to them online through the Aecern website, where they can be reviewed, shared, and incorporated into learning activities. Teachers can either build their own version of the Aecern app, or use one designed by the Aecern community of discovery educators.

 

This event is free of charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. For more information, email Marie Silver msilver@umassk12.net.

Oct 2014

 

Oct. 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

8:30AM to 1:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

An event for high school girls interested in the field of engineering and computing, as well as counselors and teachers. Highlights of the day include hands-on activities, technology demonstrations, alumni and student panel, and on-campus facilities tours.

 

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-engineering-and-computing-career-day-2014-tickets-12197239271?ref=estw

JUN 2014

 

June 4, 2014

Pioneer Valley STEMNetwork Presents:

Feeding the Computer Science/IT Pipeline:
Short and Long Range Solutions

June 4, 2014

3:30PM

Holyoke Comm. College, Kittredge Ctr. Room 301/303

 

Who should be attending this event? Education, Workforce, and Economic Development Professionals, Government, Businesses

 

Join us for a follow up to our successful IT/CS Symposium in February on the crisis in IT/CS workforce and education pathways, invited panelists will provide model solutions, followed by a discussion of next steps

SPEAKERS:
Jason Pacheco, Baystate Health
Josh Finkel, Tech Foundry
Audrey St John, Mt Holyoke College
Renee Fall, CAITE
John Heffernan, Williamsburg Elem. Schools

 

For more information: msilver@umassk12.net, 413-545-0734, www.pvstem.net

Mar. 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Electronic Art Workshop

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00AM - 2:30PM

Amherst Media |
246 College St. Amherst, MA

 

This hands-on workshop for youths of all ages focuses on creative interactive drawings with simple electronics. Participants will be guided through the process of building paper circuits as they learn about conductivity, LED's, making DIY switches, and debugging. Once they become familiar with the process of crafting a circuit, participants will be encouraged to tell their own stories with light. Pre-register by March 27. Registration fee includes Chibitronic sticker circuit kit and lunch.

 

Find more information and register here.

apr 2014

 

April 3, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 3, 2014

9AM - 4:30PM

MGHPCC

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, contact caite@cs.umass.edu

mar 2014

 

March 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, March 29, 2014

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, contact caite@cs.umass.edu

feb 2014

 

Februar 14, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Computer Workforce in Western Mass: A Critical Shortage?
A Symposium sponsored by Pioneer Valley STEM Network

February 14, 2014 3:00 PM
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

 

Keynote Speaker: Richard Adrion, UMass Professor Emeritus Computer Science and Director of CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education)

Panelists:Delcie Bean, President, Paragus IT and Director of Tech Foundry;Jackie Fallon President, FIT Solutions,
Robert LePage, HCC, STCC and the TWO Program (Training and Workforce Options); Paul Hake, Hitpoint Studios

Who Should Attend? Policy makers and interested professionals in K-16 education, workforce training, business and non profits sectors

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

email: msilver@umassk12.net,
Phone: 413-545-0734
Web : www.pvstem.net

Oct 2013

 

October 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robotics and Science Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2013

9:00AM to 1:00PM

Olsen Hall, UMass Lowell

 

This free hands-on workshop will demonstrate building robots, data collection, and visualization-a science module. Both sessions are designed for potential classroom implementation.

Workshop participants will:
* Interact with other teachers who have already used robots.
* Build and program your own robot creature.
* Receive advanced instruction for experienced users.
* Learn about a new science offering on using sensors in the classroom, data collection & visualization
* Receive information about UMass Lowell workshops, scholarship and funding opportunities

SEP 2013

 

September 17, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Reforming K20 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts: Issues, Options, and Challenges

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

4:00pm

UMass Amherst Hasbrouk 139

 

Rick Adrion, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, presents this UMass STEM Ed Seminar on Computer Science Education. This talk will be of interest to K20 educators, parents, business and industry, students, and policymakers who’ve been following the buzz around computing education in Massachusetts (e.g. Boston Globe 6/11-12 , 7/3, 9/9) and beyond.

 

This event is free of charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. For more information email Marie Silver msilver@umassk12.net

August 2013

 

August 6, 2013

 

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FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop

August 6
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center


Parents, educators, leaders of youth groups, college students--anyone who is interested in coaching an FLL team now or in the future, or using FLL with youth.


Registration fee: none (lunch included)
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
Registration deadline: July 23 (or until all spaces filled)
To register: http://2013coachesconnect.eventbrite.com/
For more information: http://2013coachesconnect.eventbrite.com/ or caite@cs.umass.edu
Sponsored by: CAITE, FIRST, LEGO, Girls Inc. Holyoke, MGHPCC

August 13-16, 2013

 

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August 13-16
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
App Inventor Boot Camp


High school educators (middle school and college educators also welcome) who plan to integrate App Inventor into their curricula are invited to this workshop at the MGHPCC in Holyoke, MA.


Registration fee: none (lunch included)
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
Registration deadline: July 5 (or until all spaces filled)
To register: http://appinventorbootcamp.eventbrite.com/
For more information: http://appinventorbootcamp.eventbrite.com/ or caite@cs.umass.edu
Sponsored by: CAITE, ECEP, MGHPCC

August 16, 2013

 

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August 16
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Western Mass. Computer Science Teacher Meet-Up


What: Gathering of computer science teachers in Western Massachusetts (Worcester and west are welcome)

When: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:45– 3 pm (optional tours, 3-4 pm)

Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC)

100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA

Who: You + fellow K12 computer science educators + higher education faculty + CAITE and CSTA representatives

Cost: $0 + free on-site parking

How: Sponsored by the Expanded Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, CAITE, and MGHPCC

Preregistration required by August 6: http://csmeetup.eventbrite.com/

July 2013

 

July 13, 2013

 

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July 13
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge
Creative Computing Symposium
Registration fee: $15
Registration deadline: July 12
Credits: Certificate of participation offered
To register: http://cc-symposium.eventbrite.com
For more information: http://cc-symposium.eventbrite.com
Sponsored by: CAITE/ECEP and the ScratchEd Team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

July 24-26, 2013

 

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July 24 - 26
UMass Lowell
CS4HS - Computer Science for High School Teachers
Middle- and high-school teachers – App Inventor
Registration fee: $100 (breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided) Travel support available.
Registration deadline: May 31 (or sooner, as space is limited to 30)
To register: http://umasslowell2013cs4hs.eventbrite.com
For more information: http://www.cs.uml.edu/cs4hs/ or email fredm@cs.uml.edu
Sponsored by: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Google, and CAITE/ECEP

MAY 2013

 
 

Scratch Day MIT

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10AM - 1PM

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge

 

Meet, share, and learn with Boston-area Scratchers at Scratch Day MIT 2013! Young people, teachers, and parents are all welcome to participate. You’ll have opportunities to:
* meet, mix, and mingle with other Scratchers
* share your Scratch creations and collaborate on new creations
* learn more about Scratch -- from small tips and tricks to big ideas

Please bring your own laptop. (Unfortunately, Scratch does not run on tablets.)

 

Find the details at http://day.scratch.mit.edu/event/729 and register at http://sdmit2013.eventbrite.com/. Space is limited!

APRIL 2013

 

April 6, 2013

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Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 6, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

April 6, 2013

S.E.T. in the City for HS Girls

Saturday, April 6, 2013

9AM - 5PM

Boston University

 

For the fifth annual S.E.T. in the City- A Day of Career Exploration in Science,Engineering & Technology for High School Girls, students will start the day at Boston University and travel to area venues including Biogen Idec, Harvard, Emmanuel, Northeastern, Simmons, or Wentworth for lunch and laboratory activities. Participating students will take part in hands-on activities, hear from and interact with students and professionals in SET fields, learn about cutting edge research that will change the world, and find out how to prepare for careers in Science, Engineering, and Technology. The cost of attending is $10.00. Interested students may pre-register for the event online at http://www.bostongirlsstem.org/setinthecity.

April 6-14, 2013

National Robotics Week


Robotics Week is a week-long series of events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of "robo-technology" and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States. Robotics is proving to be uniquely adept at enabling students of all ages to learn important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and at inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. Events held throughout the week will feature opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos, and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities as well as expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. To find and event in your area or to host your own event visit: www.nationalroboticsweek.org.

April 12, 2013

STEP to Success in STEM Conference

Mass Bay Community College

 

CAITE will be presenting a session on supplementary instruction as best practice in introductory computer science/STEM classes. Participants in this session will learn about SI as a promising intervention to increase pass rates and grades, examine models for implementation and assessment, talk with faculty and a student who have participated, and consider if and how to start SI or similar forms of peer-led academic support on their own campuses.

See: http://www.nustemccconference.com

April 27, 2013

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Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

MARCH 2013

 
 

Girls Connect: Introduction to Robotics & FLL

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9AM - 4:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

Pre-registration required. Girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend in teams of 5 to be part of the Western MA Girls Connect event. This cool all-girl introduction to FIRST LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do real-world tasks.

 

To apply or receive more information, please go here

March 28, 2013

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Community College Day

Thursday, March 28, 2013

9:30AM - 2:30PM

UMASS Amherst

 

The College of Engineering and the School of Computer Science/ CAITE at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite Community College students and faculty to attend this program for a fantastic opportunity to discover the new opportunities and initiatives that the college will offer in the coming years.

DEC 2012

 

December 9-15, 2012

CS Ed Week
Massachusetts and Nationally


CSEdWeek 2012, December 9 to 15, 2012, is a highly distributed celebration of the impact of computing and the need for computer science education. For more information, http://www.csedweek.org/ or follow the new blog at http://www.csedweek.org/newsroom.

 

December 18, 2012

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How to Run a Summer Camp Workshop

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

10AM to 3PM

Devens Common Center, Devens MA

 

This workshop is open to MA college and university faculty & staff who want to develop, host, and organize financially sustainable summer computing camps (new or ongoing).

 

To register or receive more information, please contact caite@cs.umass.edu

NOV 2012

 

November 6, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

OCT 2012

 

Ongoing

This season’s Technovation Challenge is launching for high school girls (age 13-18)! Guided by online curriculum and female mentors, girls work in teams to develop mobile phone apps and pitch their app to a panel of experts. Regional winners go on to the Technovation World Pitch event, where prizes include $10,000 in funding and support to get their app on the market! This program is run by Iridescent, a science education non-profit - and there is no cost to enroll.

 

Find out about opportunities for students, teachers, and mentors at technovationchallenge.org

October 29, 2012

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Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day
8:30am - 1:30pm
UMass Amherst

 

An event hosted by the College of Engineering Diversity Programs Office in cooperation with CAITE and the UMass Amherst Computer Science Department. The program is intended for high school girls interested in the field of engineering and computing (up to 10 may attend per school), and accompanying guidance counselors & teachers.


Highlights of the day include:

Hands-on engineering and computer science activities

Demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology

Alumni and student panel - "Why I chose engineering & computing"

 Valerie Gordeski, Raytheon, "Engineering in the 21st Century: Improving the world through innovative technological solutions"

Information about career opportunities

Lunch chats with college students, professors, and engineers

Optional tours of engineering & computer science labs 

Information for teachers and counselors (Certificate of Participation)

Space is limited; registration ends October 15, 2012.

Questions: pdavis@ecs.umass.edu

SEPT 2012

 

September 15, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

AUG 2012

 

August 8, 2012

 

 

Advanced iJava Workshop
10am – 4pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

If you have used iJava before, or if you are a skilled Java programmer, then this one day workshop on advanced aspects of iJava is the event for you.  The workshop will emphasize iJava’s approach to some of the more advanced topics that are covered in the text, including inheritance, files, interfaces, and GUIs. The workshop will also present some of iJava’s features for grading, record-keeping and class monitoring.
Who should attend Advanced iJava: Educators who have attended Intro to iJava Workshop, who have used iJava in their teaching, and/or are whizzes at Java programming.

To register, go to: http://ijava2012advanced.eventbrite.com/

August 7, 2012

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FLL Coach Connect Workshop
9:30am – 2:30pm
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, Holyoke, MA

 

Training for parents, educators, youth-organization leaders who want to organize and coach FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for robotics competitions. Participants will learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, learn more about FLL and team-building. For more information and to register for this fun, hands-on workshop, go to http://firstcoach.eventbrite.com/



More info and registration at:
http://firstcoach2.eventbrite.com

August 7, 2012

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Introduction to iJava Workshop
10am – 4pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

CAITE is offering a workshop by UMass Amherst Computer Science Professor Robert Moll, the inventor of iJava, on Monday, August 6. This workshop covers the principal features of the text and associated course from the perspective of both students and instructors. Various iJava teaching tactics are discussed, and their relevancy for high school and community college classes are highlighted.


Registration required.
To register, go to: http://ijava2012intro.eventbrite.com/

More about iJava:
 http://ijava.cs.umass.edu/

SEPT 2012

 

September 15, 2012

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C4C: Counselors for Computing Workshop

8:30am – 2:00pm

Boston University

 

A workshop for school guidance counselors, C4C by NCWIT raises awareness about careers in computing and gives counselors tools for working with students.
Details TBD. Co-sponsored by CAITE.

Contact Renee Fall, rfall@cs.umass.edu.

July 2012

 

July 31 - Aug.2, 2012

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CS4HS: A workshop and conference on Computer Science for middle and high school teachers
UMass Lowell North Campus, Lowell, MA

 

3-day, hands-on workshop and conference for regional middle- and high-shcool CS, math, and technology teachers. Workshop on App Inventor and the Finch Robot, panels on equity and advocacy in CS, talks on CS pedagogy including the new CS Principles course, and more.

More details, including how to register, are at http://www.cs.uml.edu/cs4hs/

Event co-organizers:
Fred Martin
Kelly Powers
Padmaja Bandaru
(contact us all at cs4hs-csta-2012-org@weblab.cs.uml.edu)

July 16 - 20, 2012

July 23 - 27, 2012

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COMPUTER CAMP!

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

Summer Camp in Fun Exploration of Robotics and Game Design Dr. Jan Bergandy, CIS Chairperson & Camp Director Sponsored by Computer Science Department & Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Campus Session 1: July 16-20, 2012 Session 2: July 23-27, 2012 You will work in teams to design a simple computer game, to make the robots move the way you want them to, and to tell a story through computer animation. You will work in teams with our teachers and students and on the last day show your parents how smart and talented you are and what you have accomplished. You will make new friends, have fun, and experience the value of teamwork.

July 9 - 21, 2012

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Summer Robotics Camp

Springfield Technical Community College

 

The Summer Robotics Camp at STCC introduces students to robotics, computer tools, engineering, and art in a hands-on way that encourages problem-solving and team-building. Located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, camps include fun activities, campus tours, and field trip

June 29, 2012

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FLL Coach Connect Workshop
9:30am – 2:30pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Training for parents, educators, youth-organization leaders who want to organize and coach FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for robotics competitions. Participants will learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, learn more about FLL and team-building. For more information and to register for this fun, hands-on workshop, go to http://firstcoach.eventbrite.com

June 27 - 28, 2012

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Artbotics: Tutorial and Best Practices
iRobot, Bedford, Mass.


Day One: Artbotics workshop (new/refresher)
Day Two: Artbotics best-practices workshop

Educators can choose to participate in either or both days. Day Two will include those who are already using Artbotics.

The 2-day workshop will address the needs of those that have not yet been trained in Artbotics, on Day 1, and will offer further support, professional development, and sharing opportunities to those who are already implementing Artbotics, on Day 2. People new to Artbotics will gain experience on the first day.

June 27-Aug. 15, 2012

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BATEC Summer Institutes

 

The Summer Institutes are no cost, professional development courses offered for technology high school teachers and college faculty in Massachusetts. Courses will be offered at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

 

For a complete list of offerings, please visit http://batec.org/summer-institutes/summer-institutes-2012-2

June 25- 26, 2012

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Incorporating Computing Concepts into Curriculum Frameworks: Prof. Dev. Workshop for MS and HS educators

Worcester State University

 

The workshop - Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks is free of cost and is geared towards middle school and high school teachers.  Please consider attending the workshop.  If you have questions, please send email to
Karl.Wurst@worcester.edu

Find out more at:
http://www.worcester.edu/ComputerScienceDept/ICCCF/

Registration deadline is June 1st.

april 2012

 

April 7-15, 2012

National Robotics Week

 

The third annual National Robotics Week will be held from April 7-15, 2012 with a series of regional events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation. The week highlights the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas and emphasizes its ability to inspire students while building their interest in STEM areas and innovation. From Palo Alto to the National Mall in D.C. to Boston, events held throughout the week will feature dozens of opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities and expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. National Robotics Week was founded by leading universities and companies, and established with assistance from the Congressional Caucus on Robotics by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution.
Information: www.nationalroboticsweek.org
Contact: lfreed@irobot.com

mar 2012

 

March 14, 2012

Holyoke Community College Career Exploration Fair

8:30am-11:30am

Bartley Center, Holyoke Community College

 

High school students from nearby schools will visit the college to explore STEM-related career pathways in business, education, health, engineering, IT, computing, and more. Representatives from schools and industry will showcase these careers through hands-on demonstrations, discussions, and simulations.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education and Career Services office at 413-552-2322.

March 24, 2012

Holyoke Community College Career Exploration Fair

8:30am-11:30am

Bartley Center, Holyoke Community College

 

High school students from nearby schools will visit the college to explore STEM-related career pathways in business, education, health, engineering, IT, computing, and more. Representatives from schools and industry will showcase these careers through hands-on demonstrations, discussions, and simulations.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education and Career Services office at 413-552-2322.

March 29,012

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UMass Amherst Community College Day

9am registration

UMass Amherst Lincoln Campus Center

 

Potential Engineering and Computer Science transfer students are invited to UMass Amherst to learn about opportunities in the College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science. For more information, contact Cheryl Kiras at ckiras@cs.umass.edu.

July - August 2011

 

July - August, 2011

BATEC Summer Institutes

 

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2011. This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, and other locations to be announced. Courses and registration information will be made available soon at this website.

 

June 2011

 

June 29, 2011

STREAM 2011 Interactive Workshop (K-12 educators)

 

STREAM 2011 will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA on June 29, 2011 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. STREAM is a workshop to help K-12 educators utilize robotics as they teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive exercises, as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM. The STREAM workshop is organized by UMass Lowell and iRobot. Click here for more information.

 

June 27-28, 2011

"CS4HS" (Computer Sciece for High School)

 

CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in secondary schools. UMass Lowell has received a 2011 CS4HS grant from Google's Education Group, and is delighted to offer a 2-day, hands-on workshop to regional middle- and high-school computer science, mathematics, and technology teachers.

Our goals are to provide teachers with (1) ideas they can immediately bring into their teaching; (2) a forum to share approaches with each other; and (3) an opportunity to meet our faculty and see what we can offer their students. For more information, click here.

To register you must complete an online form.

 

June 23-24, 2011

Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks
Workshop for Middle and High School Educators in Mathematics, Science and Technology

 

This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and Technology. This workshop will be held at Worcester State College and will discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

Interested educators should submit the registration form to Karl Wurst either via email or fax 508-929-8156 no later than June 4, 2011. The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast and lunch will be served on both days. See website for additional details. Limited funding assistance for accommodations is available for those educators who live more than an hour drive away. The ICCCF workshop is organized and funded by CAITE, NSF BPC and Worcester State College.
Registration Deadline: June 4th, 2011

april 2011

 

April 1, 2011

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High Tech College Fair (CAITE-BATEC)

Roxbury Community College

April 3-5, 2011

Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference

The 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is the sixth in a series of conferences, its ten year anniversary! The program includes stellar invited speakers, a student poster competition, a daylong Doctoral Consortium, a session featuring a choice of attractions unique to San Francisco, a gala banquet and dance, and many exciting networking opportunities.

April 9, 2011

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Botfest Exhibition and Botball Robotics Competition

Botfest is an open-ended robotics exhibition that complements competitive events by allowing greater room for creative expression. It is intended to appeal to a wide range of robot enthusiasts, from novices to experts. Lowell middle school students who participated in the CAITE sponsored year-long Botfest After-School Program will exhibit their creations at the annual Botfest exhibit. A number of other schools will be participating as well. The exhibition will take place in Costello Gym from 11am-1:30 pm. For more information, go to www.botfest.org The highly spirited and competetive Botball tournament will take place from 9am-5pm, sharing the same gymnasium with the Botfest exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments available for purchase.

April 9, 2011

New England Undergraduate Comptuing Symposium

New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium
For computer science students. Call for projects and details.

April 16, 2011

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Girls Connect

One-day introduction to FIRST LEGO League for teams of girls across Western Mass. Pre-application and registration required due to limited space.

march 2011

 

March 5, 2011

 

ELA Multi-cultural Computing Brunch

Howard Thurman Cntr, Lower Level, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

RSVP Required

 

 

March 16, 2011

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Hampden-Hampshire Tech Prep Career Fair

400 students from Western Mass. learn about future careers. CAITE will demo computer science/IT careers. For more info: HCC Tech Prep, 413-552-2387.

 

March 24, 2011

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Community College Day

UMA Computer Science & College of Engineering invite prospective CC transfer students and CC faculty and advisors. Registration required.


february 2011

 

Feb 1, 2011

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Programming Contest

This annual event is a collaboration with high schools in the Bristol CC area that brings students together to compete in a programming contest.

 

Feb 2, 2011

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Outreach to Middle Schools

Bristol CC will bring middle school students onto campus to encourage them to think about computing as a career, going to college and becoming involved in math to open up more possibilities.

 

jan 2011

 

January 8, 2011

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Botball

Botball is a 2-day professional Development Educator's Workshop where participants learn to use robotics as an inqiry-based tools, real-world programming languages, content knowledge and engineering skills building a working demo robot, and current components in the Botball kit and game challenge. There is a workshop over the following 7-9 weeks, a tournament, and a follow up Global Conference on Education Robotics.

 

Jan 21-22, 2011

Botfest

dec 2010

 

Dec 5-11, 2010

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CS Ed Week
CAITE has invited its partner campuses, schools, and community organizations to organize activities to help raise awareness of computing and its role in society during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2010. Visit our webpage to see the list of CAITE-supported activities across Massachusetts, while even more activities are happening around the U.S.

Dec 6, 2010

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CS Teacher Meeting
Monday, 3.30 - 5.30PM

UMass Amherst, CS150

As part of CSEd week CAITE will be hosting a community meeting for middle and high school computer science teachers at UMass Amherst.

 

Dec 7, 2010

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Career Exploration Day--Computer Science Panel

Career Exploration Day: 9:00am-1:45pm, Dec 7, 2010 allows local area high school juniors and seniors visit GCC. This year, from 10:00-10:45 a panel of computer science college students and computer/IT professionals will discuss their education, work, and what they like about being in the computer science field. All students will attend this plenary before visiting the GCC class of their choice, and going to an event in an area of interest. Engineer Speaker Day, an annual event in which local engineers talk about their work and education, will be held the same day from 1:00-3:00 in Sloan theater. High school students are welcome join GCC engineering students in this event as well.

Dec 8, 2010

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STEM Poster Session and Ice Cream Party

A STEM Poster Session and Ice Cream Party will be held today at Middlesex Community College. Students from STEM and computer science classes will present their research and projects.

Dec 9, 2010

 

Free Webinar: Blending Traditional & Online Learning 101

Join us on December 9, 2010 for our free webinar, "Blending Traditional and Online Learning 101: Best Practices to Get Your School Started." Presenters Gregg Levin, Vice President of Schools and Solutions – Aventa Learning/K12 Inc., and Kelly Schwirzke, Coordinator of Instructional Technology – Santa Clara County of Education, will offer real-world examples of how schools can successfully incorporate a hybrid model to:

• Attract and/or retain students and teachers
• Build a broader range of engaging and rigorous courses and instructors
• Provide financial and educational benefits
• Add a customized, online learning solution

Space is limited. Register today!

Aventa Learning is now part of K12 Inc., the nation’s leading provider of online learning for grades K-12.

Dec 10-11, 2010

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Robots Exhibition at The Springfield Museums

An educational, fun and exciting exhibit featuring the characters of the movie Robots. Take an adventure through this mechanical world. See how robots can better our lives today and in the future.
Learn how the movie was created, play interactive games and build your own robot! This exhibit promises to be entertaining for the entire family.

 

As part of CS Ed Week, CAITE is sponsoring a special admission fee waiver to the Robots Exhibition at The Springfield Museums on Dec. 10 & 11 only. Bring your middle and high school students to explore the exhibit... FREE of charge!

NOV 2010

 

Nov 21, 2010

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony

Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in
Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their
computing-related achievements and interests. By generating visibility
for these young women in their local communities, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages their continued interest in
computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and
corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the
importance of women's participation.

Each qualified national awardee will receive:
* $500 in cash
* a laptop computer, provided by Bank of America
* a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and
Awards Ceremony, March 27, 2010, held in Charlotte, North Carolina
* an engraved award for both the student and the student’s school
In addition, UMass Lowell is awarding a $10,000 scholarship to awardees that attend the university.

Time of the ceremony TBA

Nov 14, 2010

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Workshops for Girl Scouts at Middlesex Community College

Math Moves U workshop will be held on November 14 at MCC. In addition, 55 minute "Alice" workshops will be given to 300 girl scounts in 6 concurrent sessions by Raytheon software engineers and MCC faculty. Heather Bryne, a UMass Lowell grad student will be one of the closing speakers.

Nov 14, 2010

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"MathMoves U," STEM middle school student event

This full-day, STEM outreach event is a collaboration with Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass and Middlesex Community College. One of three themes for the day will be computer science for which Engineers from Raytheon will lead 15 "Alice" programing workshops for about 350 girls in 4th - 8th grade. For more information please contact Margaret Bleichman at MCC.

oct 2010

 

Oct 30, 2010

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CS Unplugged Workshop at CSTA/ CS Professional Development Day

Karl Wurst and Aparna Mahadev, faculty at Worcester State College, will be leading a CS Unplugged workshop from 1-3 pm at the Mass. Tech. Collaborative Center in Worcester, MA, on 10/30 as part of the CSTA/ CS Professional Development Day. This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and Technology. The workshop will also discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

Oct 25, 2010

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Women in Engineering Career Day Conference

This year’s Career Day is particularly exciting as we are honored to have UMASS Dartmouth alum Dr. Lisa Hubbard, a Senior Engineering Manager in the Systems Architecture and Design Directorate at Raytheon. In addition to this presentation, two interactive activities will be conducted with the students to allow them to build fully operational engineering projects. Register early as spots fill up quickly!
If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Shelly Perdomo by email or (413) 545-2030.

Oct 15, 2010

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Are you a young, high-school woman who has had several computer-related achievements? If so you are eligible to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing which serves to promote and acknowledge the efforts of young women interested in computer science and information technology. "The “NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing” acknowledges the computing achievements and aspirations of young women, and generates visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits." For detailed information on the award process, components and criteria read more here!

sept 2010

 

Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2010

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Atlanta, GA
Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.
Past Grace Hopper Celebrations have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking, mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing.
This year's theme: Collaborating Across Boundaries.
Register now!

Sept 27, 2010

 

Dot Diva Official Launch

 

Dot Diva's mission is to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. Their nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as "boring" and "hard," but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: "working with others" and "making a difference in other people's lives." Dot Diva's ultimate goal is to transform this negative perception.
dotdiva.org will officially launch on Sept 27, 2010!

aug 2010

 

August, 2010

BATEC Summer Institutes

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2010.  This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. New topics being planned include: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Dreamweaver/Flash/Photoshop, Internet Security, iJava, Information Storage, IT Essentials, IT Problem Solving, Office 2010/Windows 7, Programming for the Android, Social Networking Tools, Virtualization and others. Courses and registration information will be made available on this website soon.  For more information on past Summer Institutes, please click here.

july 2010

 

July, 2010

BATEC Summer Institutes

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held July and August in Summer 2010.  This year, courses will be held at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. New topics being planned include: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Dreamweaver/Flash/Photoshop, Internet Security, iJava, Information Storage, IT Essentials, IT Problem Solving, Office 2010/Windows 7, Programming for the Android, Social Networking Tools, Virtualization and others. Courses and registration information will be made available on this website soon.  For more information on past Summer Institutes, please click here.

june 2010

 

June 28-29, 2010

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Incorporating Computing Concepts in Curriculum Frameworks
Workshop for Middle and High School Educators in Mathematics, Science and Technology

 

This workshop provides educators with computing-related activities that can be integrated into the classroom and these activities can be used within the current curriculum frameworks for Math, Science and
Technology. This workshop will be held at Worcester State College and will discuss the range of careers in computing and IT and what preparation is necessary for students to pursue these careers.

 

Interested educators should submit the registration form to Karl Wurst
either via email or fax 508-929-8156 no later than June 4, 2010. The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See website for additional details. Limited funding assistance for accommodations is available for those educators who live more than an hour drive away. The ICCCF workshop is organized and funded by CAITE, NSF BPC and
Worcester State College.


Registration Deadline: June 4th, 2010

 

June 24-25, 2010

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STREAM Robotics Workshop

STREAM is a two day, hands-on workshop to help K-12 educators utilize robotics as they teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive sessions as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM. Representatives of local technology companies will also describe potential careers for students interested in robotics and STEM disciplines.

 

The workshop will be held at iRobot in Bedford, MA from June 24—25, 2010. For the schedule and more information visit this link.

June 16-18, 2010

Media Computation Workshop

Mark Guzdial will be returning to Massachusetts to present a Media Computation workshop. The goal of this workshop is to introduce techniques that might be integrated into introductory courses in computing with a goal of attracting and engaging a broader range of students. We will be using Alice and Media Computation. Both approaches motivate and engage students by contextualizing computing in a relevant activity.

 

This workshop will be held in Boston.
Please visit the Georgia Computes! wiki for more information.

June 14-15, 2010

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From Visual Programing to Media: Getting Students Excited About the First Course

Mark Guzdial of Georgia Computes! will be returning to Massachusetts to present a First Courses in Computing workshop. The workshop will teach approaches to introducing computing that engage a broad range of students. It will include brief introductions to visual programming in Alice and Scratch, and techniques for motivating textual programming in Java and Python for manipulating media.

 

This first workshop will be held at UMass Amherst.

Registration page coming soon! Please visit the Georgia Computes! wiki for further description and agenda for the days.

June 1, 2010

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Gaming Professional Development Workshop

Cape Cod Community College will be hosting a professional development workshop on gaming this Tuesday.

Contact Gail Guarino for more info.

may 2010

 

May 29, 2010

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SUMO Robotics Competition

Students from greater Boston and Lowell will compete in Machine Science's fourth annual Robot Sumo Tournament at the Museum of Science Boston on Saturday, May 29, 2010. Stoklosa and Sullivan middle schools of Lowell have been meeting year-round in an after-school technology program sponsored by CAITE. They will contribute to an impressive range of designs and strategies at the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top tournament finishers, as well as competitors whose robots are especially creative or thoughtfully programmed.

 

May 25, 2010

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Green High Performance Computing Educators Conference

With the planned Green High Performance Computing Center to be built in Holyoke, and the effort to attract and retain more IT industry in Massachusetts, educators will be asked to train more students for the IT workforce. Want to start incorporating some of these technologies in your classroom?


This event is organized by community college educators, for community college educators and beyond, will be held at Holyoke Community College 8.30 - 4pm, and is free to attend. Educators in computing, information & communications technology, and engineering fields at community colleges, universities, high schools, and informal education organizations who want to learn about new technologies to incorporate into their curricula.


Advanced registration is required by May 17! Stipends for participation are available for educators who are not employed on contracts on May 25.

May 24, 2010

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CIS Day for High Schools

This college/ career fair day will include 20 minute hands-on workshops - each workshop to be held twice for students to rotate through. A speakers session will start the day in the morning.
Contact Lisa McLoughlin for more info.

May 22, 2010

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Geek Girl Boot Camp '10

Geek Girl Boot Camps are technology "unconferences" for women of all ages and knowledge levels where you can go to take classes on everything to do with computers, PC and Mac, the Internet, marketing, consumer electronics, software, social media, Photoshop, blogging, podcasting, digital photography, and more. Read more about the Workshops and Speakers.

geek girl: empowering women, one geek girl at a time

May 18-20, 2010

 

NCWIT 2010 Practices Summit: Intel I, Portland, OR
The NCWIT Practices Summit is the annual destination for learning about leading-edge research on curriculum, creativity, and advocacy efforts across the entire CS/IT pipeline. 


Network with your community. Share ideas in interactive breakouts and panel discussions, on topics ranging from women's participation in open source to engaging CS curriculum. Hear the results of new research on women and computing, including the business value of women's participation. Celebrate the 2010 winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Catch up on the latest in computing education/innovation policy out of D.C.  We will also honor our 2010 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award-winner for her excellence in IT entrepreneurship.

May 15, 2010

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STCC IT Video Contest Awards

Springfield Technical Community College will host the 3rd annual video contest event on May 15, 2010.  Students will have made a 2 minute video that will show their response to the prompt: "My Roadmap to a Career in Information Technology."

Contact Diane Snyder for more info.

May 12, 2010

Anita Borg Systers Award application due

The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another. The cash awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass-It-On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.

 

Pass-it-on Award applications are open to any woman over 18 years old in or aspiring to be in the fields of computing. Awards are open to women in all countries and range from $500.00 to $1000.00 USD. Applications covering a wide variety of needs and projects are encouraged

May 11, 2010

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STCC Senior Projects Day

Springfield Technical Community College will host the 4th annual Senior Projects Day for local high schools.  The event will give high school students the opportunity to projects that were based on computers and information technology.  Students will arrive in the morning and will be given the opportunity to view the projects and talk to STCC seniors about their projects.  Students will also be given talks by STCC faculty with regards to an IT education.  Lunch, a quick tour of the campus and a talk by admissions will end the day.

 

Contact Diane Snyder for more info.

May 6-7, 2010

Politics of Open Source Conference

The Journal of Information Technology and Politics is hosting JITP 2010: Politics of Open Source. The conference will kick off with an invited presentation on "Women in Free/Open Source Software Development" by Hanna Wallach, senior postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
A complete program is available at http://politicsofopensource.jitp.net

april 2010

 

April 16-17, 2010

CCSCNE 2010 15th Annual Conference
Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. The conference is held in cooperation with the ACM SIGCSE and is hosted by the University of Hartford.


The CCSCNE brings together faculty, staff, and students from academic institutions throughout the Northeast for the exchange of ideas and information concerning undergraduate computing curricula. This conference provides a regional forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to the concerns of computing and computing curricula in a smaller academic environment.

 

March 23 Submission Deadline for: Programming contest registration, early registration, and hotel cutoff date.

April 1, 2010

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Girls Inc/ IT Capstone Course Connection
SPRING 2010 Collaboration with Information Education - UMass

April 1, 2010

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IT Regional Fair
Hosted by Hampden-Hampshire Career Vocational Technical Education Consortium

8.30am - 11.30am, Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College

march 2010

 

March 27, 2010

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Girls Connect
Teams of middle school girls learn to build & program LEGO robots and are introduced to the missions of FIRST LEGO League at UMass Amherst.

March 16, 2010

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TechPrep Career Fair
Hosted by Hampden-Hampshire Career Vocational Technical Education Consortium

8.30am - 11.30am, Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College

 

March 10- 13, 201

 

 

SIGCSE 2010
The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 10-13, 2010, Milwaukee, WI, USA

March 5-7, 2010

NSF-Sponsored Workshop
"NSF-Sponsored Academic Workshop for Underrepresented Ethnic Minorities and People with Disabilities at the level of Assistant Professor,
Associate Professor, and Senior Doctoral Student"

Friday, 5 March 2010 – Sunday, 7 March 2010

Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas,

*Deadline for Participant Applications - Friday, 15 January 2010*

March 5, 2010

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BHCC CIT Spring Curriculum Update Meeting
Computer Information Technology (CIT) Department of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will be holding its Spring Curriculum Update Meeting at BHCC in Boston from 8.30A - 1:00 PM for High School Guidance Counsellors & Technology Teachers.

The main topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • New BHCC CIT Curricula & Programs
    Associate to Baccalaureate Seamless Transfer Programs in ICT
    Statewide Articulation For High School To Community College To Baccalaureate Agreement Update
    New Streamlined Process For Articulation Credit
    The BATEC/CAITE ICT Academy Program at Bunker Hill CC
    Updates on Financial Aid, ACCUPLACER & other topics of interest to students & their parents
    Bunker Hill College Facilities Tour

April 1, 2010

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Girls Inc/ IT Capstone Course Connection
SPRING 2010 Collaboration with Information Education - UMass

April 1, 2010

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IT Regional Fair
Hosted by Hampden-Hampshire Career Vocational Technical Education Consortium

8.30am - 11.30am, Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College

march 2010

 

March 27, 2010

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Girls Connect
Teams of middle school girls learn to build & program LEGO robots and are introduced to the missions of FIRST LEGO League at UMass Amherst.

March 16, 2010

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TechPrep Career Fair
Hosted by Hampden-Hampshire Career Vocational Technical Education Consortium

8.30am - 11.30am, Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College

 

March 10- 13, 201

 

 

SIGCSE 2010
The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 10-13, 2010, Milwaukee, WI, USA

March 5-7, 2010

NSF-Sponsored Workshop
"NSF-Sponsored Academic Workshop for Underrepresented Ethnic Minorities and People with Disabilities at the level of Assistant Professor,
Associate Professor, and Senior Doctoral Student"

Friday, 5 March 2010 – Sunday, 7 March 2010

Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas,

*Deadline for Participant Applications - Friday, 15 January 2010*

March 5, 2010

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BHCC CIT Spring Curriculum Update Meeting
Computer Information Technology (CIT) Department of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will be holding its Spring Curriculum Update Meeting at BHCC in Boston from 8.30A - 1:00 PM for High School Guidance Counsellors & Technology Teachers.

The main topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • New BHCC CIT Curricula & Programs
    Associate to Baccalaureate Seamless Transfer Programs in ICT
    Statewide Articulation For High School To Community College To Baccalaureate Agreement Update
    New Streamlined Process For Articulation Credit
    The BATEC/CAITE ICT Academy Program at Bunker Hill CC
    Updates on Financial Aid, ACCUPLACER & other topics of interest to students & their parents
    Bunker Hill College Facilities Tour

dec 2009

 

Dec 14, 2009

ICT Careers Day

 

The ICT Careers Day, held in partnership with CAITE, is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This event brings together high school juniors and seniors to learn about technology through hands-on activities with industry partners. In years past, companies such as EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Suffolk Technology Partners and many others have participated in this event.

 

If you are a high school teacher interested in bringing your technology students or an industry partner looking to participate, please email Dawn Zapata, BATEC Project Manager at dzapata@bhcc.mass.edu for registration information.

Dec 11, 2009

Career Planning for College and Career Readiness Conference


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst are pleased to announce a conference in support of career planning for college and career readiness. Participants will learn strategies for merging Chicago's "12 Touch Approach" (that engages students, parents and educators in interactions to promote intimacy and support for creating a college-going culture) with the delivery of critical assessment information for college and career readiness. Educators from high schools and public two-year colleges with local plans under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act are invited to attend.


To register and obtain driving directions here.

Questions regarding the content of the conference should be directed to Karen DeCoster in the Office for Career/Vocational Technical at 781-338-3115 or via email.

Dec 6-12, 2009

 

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week

 

“National Computer Science Education Week will help us draw attention to the need for an educational system that values computer science as a discipline and provides students with critical thinking skills and career opportunities,” said Bobby Schnabel, Chair of ACM’s Education Policy Committee and dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University.


A new website will serve as the interactive and central resource hub for CSEdWeek. For more information, see the press release and the House resolution.

nov 2009

 

Nov 30, 2009

Grants Available for High School Teachers' STEM Projects
Up to $1,000 grants are available to support projects that

make students aware of the excitement and opportunity to

be found in the field of engineering--transforming classroom

theory into real-world applications that bring science, technology, engineering and math concepts to life.

 

Full-time classroom teachers of grades 6-12 in urban, public high schools serving minority populations are eligible.

*Deadline for the 2009-10 school year is November 30, 2009.


See website.

Grants available for high school teachers' STEM projects; click on "Innovation Grants."

 

Sponsored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

Nov 19, 2009

Northeastern Girls Collaborative (NEGC) Western MA Fall Forum

 

The Fall Forum will feature a number of successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs serving K-12 girls in Western Massachusetts, provide information on the goals and objectives of the National Girls Collaborative Project and encourage collaborative efforts among individuals, schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations.

 

Engineering and Nanotechnology Ford Hall

Smith College, Northampton, MA

4:00pm. to 6:00pm.

For additional information, please contact Kim Edgar at KimberlyEdgar@aol.com

Nov 14 - 20, 2009

Super Computing Conference: SC09

Portland, OR

 

SC09 returns to Portland, Oregon for its 21st annual conference. Recognized globally as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, SC09 will feature the most interesting and innovative HPC scientific and technical applications from around the world. No other conference brings together this many scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators, application developers, and program managers. Mark your calendars and make plans to be part of this amazing conference series. SC09 will feature an exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials, and timely research posters with an impressive lineup of invited speakers and panel participants.

Nov 7 - 8, 2009

 

Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC)

 

The 2009 First Annual RICC will be held on November 7-8, 2009 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Odeum. The theme of this year’s competition focuses on the development of creative solutions to improve the quality of life. The competition is open to design teams formed by students enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level. The emphasis will be on innovation, technical approach, and professionalism.

Our goal is to build community between industry and academia allowing both to become familiar with the others needs. A “limited resources” reimbursement of $1000 is potentially available to the first 10 teams to be accepted, as well as “travel grant” reimbursement of up to $500. Please refer to the RICC website for further details. Registration and attendance to the RICC is free of charge

Nov 4, 2009

Northeastern Girls Collaborative (NEGC) Western MA Fall Forum

 

The Fall Forum will feature a number of successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs serving K-12 girls in Western Massachusetts, provide information on the goals and objectives of the National Girls Collaborative Project and encourage collaborative efforts among individuals, schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations.

 

Engineering and Nanotechnology Ford Hall

Smith College, Northampton, MA

4:00pm. to 6:00pm.

For additional information, please contact Kim Edgar at KimberlyEdgar@aol.com

 

Events

in November

 

Bridgewater State College:

-Tech Fair with Teaching Tech Center

 

Middlesex Community College:

-Computer Forensics Open House

-Math Across Curriculum

 

Northern Essex Community College:

-Gizmos and Gadgets @ Lawrence

 

UMass Lowell:

-Teacher Workshop (focus on robotics)

oct 2009

 

Oct 27, 2009

 

Open House for College of Engineering

UMass Dartmouth

 

Description to come soon

 

Oct 20, 2009

STEM Summit VI, Sturbridge, MA

Planning is underway. A committee representing all the stakeholders has begun to identify all the strands to be presented.

As always, the Summit is designed to mobilize the Commonwealth's STEM community to support the STEM Pipeline goals:

• to dramatically increase student interest in, and preparation for, careers in STEM;
• to increase the number of highly-qualified teachers in STEM and provide them with timely professional development programs and support; and
• to increase the number of STEM programs in schools in Massachusetts.

The Challenge continues to be that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States face a shortage of well trained and well qualified graduates to fill all the openings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields now and as we move into the future.

For more information, contact Dr. J. Lynn Griesemer, Executive Director, University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, and Associate Vice President for Economic Development, UMass President's Office.

Oct 19, 2009

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AccessComputing Capacity-Building Institute, Sturbridge, MA

"Expanding Access to Computing: Teaching & Design for All Abilities"

CAITE and AccessComputing are sponsoring a capacity-building institute Monday, October 19, 8.30 am - 3.30 pm at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA.

 

Featuring : Steven Fadden, Vice President, Landmark College; Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington.

• Overview of Issues with Disabilities and Computing

• Perspectives from students, disability services staff, faculty

• Effective Practices & Assistive Technology

• Teaching Computing and IT for All Abilities

 

Teams from 2- and 4-year colleges in Massachusetts are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required by September 28 (registration site coming soon). Space is limited. For more information: info@caite.cs.umass.edu or 413.545.2013.

 

Sept 30- Oct 3, 2009

 

 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Presented By: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Associate for Computing Machinery

 

Registration Opens - June 1, 2009
Tucson, AZ

Sept 14, 2009

application deadline

 

Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC)

The 2009 First Annual RICC will be held on November 7-8, 2009 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Odeum. The theme of this year’s competition focuses on the development of creative solutions to improve the quality of life. The competition is open to design teams formed by students enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level. The emphasis will be on innovation, technical approach, and professionalism.

Our goal is to build community between industry and academia allowing both to become familiar with the others needs. A “limited resources” reimbursement of $1000 is potentially available to the first 10 teams to be accepted, as well as “travel grant” reimbursement of up to $500. Please refer to the RICC website for further details. Registration and attendance to the RICC is free of charge.

 

Sept 1, 2009

application deadline

Advance Program at Northampton University for Prospective Faculty

The Northeastern University ADVANCE program will be holding a workshop on Interdisciplinary Networking for Prospective Faculty  (October 26, 2009) to be held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Research and Industry Collaboration Conference sponsored by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems and the Department of Homeland Security ALERT Center of Excellence.  The workshop begins with a series of topics related to searching for a faculty position and positioning one's self for the early years of academic life and continues with participation at the Sensing & Imaging Systems workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to present research in a poster session with participants from Northeastern University, Boston University, Rensselaer Institute of Technology, and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. The event will be an opportunity to meet with faculty and student researchers at four major research institutions as well as with representatives from industry.

The Northeastern University ADVANCE program will cover the expenses of invited participants.  In addition to excellence in scholarship, acceptance will be based on the ability of the participant to enhance the diversity of the professoriate in engineering and science, so there is a focus on women and underrepresented minorities.  Applications are sought from senior PhD students (one or two years away from graduating) and postdocs.  We seek participants from the wide range of disciplines (computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, statistics, computer engineering, etc.) that support sensing and imaging technologies.

Apply now here.

aug 2009

 

Aug 31, 2009

 

Application Due: SC09 Student Volunteer Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply as
volunteers to help with the administration of the SC09 conference.
Student volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about and
discuss the latest high performance computing and networking
technologies and meet leading researchers from around the world. In
exchange, while contributing to the success of SC09, students will
receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-
town volunteers) and most meals. Volunteers will be expected to be
available for 4-5 hours of work per day during the week of the
conference. No special skills or experience are necessary for most
volunteer positions; however, some familiarity with computing
platforms, audio/visual equipment, or office equipment can be helpful.

 

Aug 3, 2009

Application Due: SC09 Broader Engagement (BE) Program

This program is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. For SC09, the Broader Engagement, Education, and Student Volunteer Programs have joined forces as SC Communities to create some special opportunities! The BE Program provides participation grants that include travel assistance, participation in the Technical Program along with a number of opportunities and activities at SC09. We encourage applications from students, faculty and professionals in
groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in all computing-related disciplines.

 

july 2009

 

July 27-31, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
IT Essentials
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Leo Carey, Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA

PC Hardware and Software Courses Image IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software v4.0 covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a network environment. New topics included in this version include laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security, safety and environmental issues, and communication skills. Hands-on lab activities will continue to be an essential element of the course. In support of this, virtual learning tools are integrated into this course. The Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop are stand-alone tools designed to supplement classroom learning and provide an interactive "hands-on" experience in learning environments with limited physical equipment.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College D103

 

 

July 27-28, 2009

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Teaching Interactive Multimedia with Flash and Dreamweaver
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Rashmi Pimprikar, TechBoston , Boston, MA and TBA

BATEC and TechBoston are collaborating to offer free intermediate hands on workshop of Teaching Interactive Multimedia with Flash and Dreamweaver. This course effectively integrates elements of project based learning; standards based curriculum, Graphic design & STEM concepts, animation, and 21st Century Skills. It can be used in-class in any discipline or in an after-school club. The course will cover topics in Flash, Photoshop and Dreamweaver, ActionScript programming using Flash, and classroom techniques. Follow-up workshops will be offered in the Fall and Spring. BPS Participants are expected to bring their L4L laptop to all classes. If you do not have a laptop, please contact the instructor so that we can make arrangements. BPS Participants who successfully complete the course will receive 1 in-service credit, Adobe CS3/CS4 software, installation help, curriculum materials and priority access to follow-up workshops as they are offered. In addition, participants may be able to earn set of licenses for their classroom. PodCasts and some of the curriculum materials will be posted on the course website.

Prerequisite: Experience with Adobe technologies.

Location: UMB, Healey Library, Upper Level, Room 0030

 

July 20-24, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
Cisco CCNA Discovery
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Leo Carey, Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA
The Cisco CCNA Discovery curriculum provides foundational networking knowledge, practical experience, opportunities for career exploration, and soft-skills development to help students prepare for entry-level careers in IT and networking. The curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning, and uses interactive tools and easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks. CCNA Discovery is designed to be offered as an independent, standalone curriculum or combined with programs offered by secondary schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities. Students who enroll in CCNA Discovery are not expected to have any previous technical skills or knowledge, aside from basic PC skills.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College D103

 

July 17, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
iJava

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Robert Moll, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

iJava is a newly-developed online interactive textbook for introductory Java instruction. The text is unique in its hands-on style: users type code directly at the book, and receive instant correctness feedback. Because of its hands-on, interactive engagement style, the text has dramatically reduced failure rates in introductory classes at UMass-Amherst. An iJava-based class is suitable for the AP exam in computer science (level A). High school teachers could also arrange for college credit in Computer Science for their students upon successful completion of the course from the UMass Amherst Computer Science department. Up to 50 students will eventually be covered through this generous offer! Location: BHCC Room D121A

 

 

July 17, 2009

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Advanced Presentation Skills and Electronic Resumes

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Rich Amari, Mountain View Technology

In our mediated culture where text messages, cell phones, Skype and email dominate, it’s not easy to secure the “face time” to practice your presentation skills. And yet, in this sound-bite era it’s even more important to use your “minutes” to their fullest –to capture present the power of your ideas in a clear and persuasive manner, to communicate and relate to your audience in appropriate ways, or simply to make a point at a meeting. Learn how to present yourself professionally while leaving your audience with a lasting impression and the force of your ideas. This workshop will help you to develop your inner talent as a presenter and teacher. In this workshop participants will also examine the key features of the electronic resume, understanding that the job search and submission of the resume now involves online databases, key words and scanners.

Location: Location To Be Announced

July 16, 2009

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Virtual Enterprise: Soft & Entrepreneurial Skills for IT/Computing Majors
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Edgar Trout, CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise

In the Virtual Enterprise (VE) program, students act as entrepreneurs, designing and operating a simulated firm in the classroom. Each classroom can connect with an international community of simulated firms (the IVE Partner Network) through a virtual economy (the IVE MarketMaker), an articulated series of events, and web-based community tools. The net effect is for students to acquire the soft- and entrepreneurial-skills demanded in today’s workforce -- for instance, teamwork, effective communication, and the ability to be flexible while making concrete use of the content from their academic major. Students also gain a perspective of the breadth of potential careers in their field. This session is primarily geared towards faculty in the Computing Sciences (IT, CS, CIS) with the goal of either integrating the simulation into parts of existing courses or using the simulation as a stand-alone course. However, the content will be relevant to faculty of all disciplines and all are welcome.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College D101

July 16, 2009

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The BATEC-CAITE Academy: A Replicable, Scalable Model for Student Success in ICT
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Mike Puopolo, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

This one-day, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the new BATEC-CAITE ICT Academy Program. Initially conceived and developed at the SYNERGY 2008 Conference the ICT Academy Concept is currently being implemented for the Fall, 2009 semester at Bunker Hill Community College. Based on five (5) pillars in support of student success: Articulated Credits, In-depth Career Exploration, ACCUPLACER Preparation, Peer Mentoring & Enhanced Faculty Advising & Involvement the “Academy Concept” is replicable & scalable not only for ICT, but also for all STEM Programs. Using a “cohort” model the Academy will establish a “Community of Learners” primarily from area ICT High School Programs. Participants will be given a flexible template and will begin working to create and present an Action Plan for implementing an Academy Pathway for their respective school in the coming academic year.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College D101

July 15, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
Teaching Employability Online: A Practical Approach
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Joyce LaTulippe, BATEC Curriculum Director and Lori Weir, Program Coordinator, IT Program, BATEC and CVTE Grants, Middlesex Community College

This one-day workshop will address critical questions about online teaching and learning such as: How do students work in groups and teams online? How will student complete projects in an online course? How are group and individual interactions measured and assessed? What role can industry take in an online course? Faculty and K-12 educators who have struggled with how to design engaging instruction in an online environment will find answers in this workshop. The session will introduce participants to the rich features of leading LMS/CMS systems such as Blackboard, WebCT and Moodle. From there, participants will explore the dynamics of online interactions while applying methods used to teach and model employability skills in classrooms. Session participants will leave with a viable course design, an enhanced syllabus and hands-on practice in how to engage students in authentic tasks, projects and problems.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College, D116

July 13 - 16, 2009

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Learn to Teach Java
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Maria Litvin, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA and Rashmi Pimprikar, TechBoston, Boston, MA

BATEC and TechBoston are collaborating to offer Learn to Teach Java - a 4 day, hands on course that accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOPs concepts. We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces, inheritance, and polymorphism, strings, arrays, arraylist and some topics specified in the AP Computer Science Exam. Emphasis will be on techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects, case studies, writing Java code, debugging exercises etc...). We will also do rubric base grading of an AP CS paper. ALL BPS Participants are expected to bring their L4L laptop to all classes. If you do not have a laptop, please contact the instructor so that we can make arrangements. Upon completion of the course, BPS participants who successfully complete the course will receive 2 in-service credits. They will also be eligible for the textbook, an exam prep book, Software installation and other resources. PodCasts and some of the curriculum materials will be posted on the course website.

Location: Bunker Hill Community College Room D102

July 13-14, 2009

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Teaching Interactive Multimedia with Flash and Dreamweaver
REGISTER NOW!

 

Rashmi Pimprikar, TechBoston , Boston, MA and TBA

BATEC and TechBoston are collaborating to offer free intermediate hands on workshop of Teaching Interactive Multimedia with Flash and Dreamweaver. This course effectively integrates elements of project based learning; standards based curriculum, Graphic design & STEM concepts, animation, and 21st Century Skills. It can be used in-class in any discipline or in an after-school club. The course will cover topics in Flash, Photoshop and Dreamweaver, ActionScript programming using Flash, and classroom techniques. Follow-up workshops will be offered in the Fall and Spring. BPS Participants are expected to bring their L4L laptop to all classes. If you do not have a laptop, please contact the instructor so that we can make arrangements. BPS Participants who successfully complete the course will receive 1 in-service credit, Adobe CS3/CS4 software, installation help, curriculum materials and priority access to follow-up workshops as they are offered. In addition, participants may be able to earn set of licenses for their classroom. PodCasts and some of the curriculum materials will be posted on the course website.

Prerequisite: Experience with Adobe technologies.

Location: UMB, Healey Library, Upper Level, Room 0030

 

July 11-12, 2009

CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshop at IJCAI 2009

The CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing research (CRA-W) will sponsor a Workshop on Research Career Mentoring for Women in Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the 2009 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI).

 

The goal of the workshop is to provide mentoring activities targeting women in professional research careers. The two-track workshop will cover a variety of topics targeted to "junior" academic researchers and industrial and national laboratory researchers.

 

The workshop will be held on July 11-12, 2009 in Pasadena, CA. For more information about the workshop and to apply for financial support to attend, please visit the workshop website.

 

 

July 10, 2009

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Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007

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Craig Watson, Bristol Community College

Seminar is designed to introduce participants to new ribbon system in all applications as compared to use of menus and tool bars in older versions of Office. Accessing dialog boxes using old version menu access is discussed, for example using the Alt key to open embedded dialog boxes and new features of Office 2007.

Location: Bristol CC - K102

July 8 - 9, 2009

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Integrating Employability Skills Across the ICT Curricula: A Practical Approaching Using Office 2007
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Mike Puopolo, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

This two-day, hands-on workshop will introduce ICT Educators and Administrators at all levels (High School, Community College & University) to proven methodologies and best-practices for integrating Employability Skills across the ICT curricula using any one or all Microsoft Office 2007 Programs. The BATEC Workforce Study clearly spells out the need and urgency for implementing these skills and points to key areas where ICT Education CAN & MUST be changed to insure competitiveness of our students in the 21st Century global economy. Using Office 2007, new approaches to insure quality and consistency in delivery of content, infusion of Group/Team Work, Improved Oral & Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Problem Based Learning, On-Line Collaboration and Customer Service Skills will be covered and demonstrated. Participants will also be introduced to technologies for pre and post assessment, many advanced features of WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS POWERPOINT and OfficeLive as well as proven task-based and case-based teaching & learning techniques. Participants will be given access to a range of fully populated Office 2007 Introductory & Advanced Courses using the Pearson Education myitlab Learning Management System.

Location: UMB, Healey Library, Green Lab

July 7-10, 2009

 

Robotics for Middle School Teachers Course
This course will provide middle school teachers with hands-on experience in robotics. The course will focus on developing an understanding of robotics as a basis for teaching programming and mechanical design. Systematic problem solving will also be emphasized.

 

Register online at http://bit.ly/CourseRegistration

More information available at http://umass.edu/pvnet

Or contact Kathy Baker at kbaker918@aol.com or 413 545-0010

July 7, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
The Tidal Wave of Digital Data: Are Your Students Ready to Surf?
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Alok Shrivastava – Senior Director, EMC Global Services

The wave of digital photos, blogs, emails, and other data is growing at an explosive rate, and is projected to double every 18 months. In order to avoid drowning in data, organizations must consider scalability, compliance, security, and a host of other implications across the IT infrastructure. The demand for IT professionals with storage knowledge to ride this wave far exceeds the available supply. Find out more about how you can prepare students to be successful in the IT industry by attending this workshop. Participants will leave with an understanding of information infrastructure and its technology segments including: storage, protection, virtualization and management.

Location: UMB, Healey Library, Green Lab

July 6 - 7, 2009

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Introduction to Photoshop

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Paula Mailloux, Bristol Community College

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in this two-day, hands-on workshop. A guided in-class project introduces you to Photoshop tools that will help you develop the basic skills to touch-up photographs and manipulate images that can be incorporated into print and web projects. This is ideal for the beginner, or for the intermediate level user who just wants to brush up on their skills.

Location: Bristol CC - K102

July 6, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
IBM Academic Initiative and Innov8: an interactive educational game

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Robert Bry, IBM, Boston, MA

One of IBM’s most innovative and successful Academic Initiative tools is INNOV8, an interactive, 3-D educational game designed to bridge the gap in understanding between IT teams and business leaders in an organization. This type of serious gaming - simulations which have the look and feel of a game but correspond to non-game events or processes such as business operations - has emerged as a successful method to train students and employees or develop new skills.

During this workshop you will be introduced to the IBM Academic Initiative and the Innov8 interactive serious game. The workshop will highlight what's new in INNOV8 V2.0 such as three new game scenarios which reflect a new level of intelligence required for future, high-value job opportunities; 'Green' Supply Chain: Players evaluate a traditional supply chain model and are tasked with reducing a fictional company's carbon footprint, Efficient Traffic Flow: Players evaluate existing traffic patterns and re-route traffic based on sensors that alert the player to disruptions such as accidents and roadway congestion. Using a call center environment, players develop more efficient ways to respond to customers.

July 6 - 10, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
Essentials of Computer Programming

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Russell Zahniser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Learning to program a computer is challenging, not so much because of the cryptic nature of computer languages, but because those languages are designed to express realities that have no analog in human language or even in the physical world. This class will focus on not merely learning to program, but also acquiring a deep understanding of the big, unfamiliar ideas that undergird all of computer science. In one week, we will cover the first few months of an introductory Java programming class, using software called CodeMotion that supports the learning of programming by building visual intuition for how a computer program works. You will find that our instructional approach, which focuses on experimentation and collaboration rather than direct instruction, can be readily adapted into your own teaching of introductory or AP computer science.

Location: UMB Healey Library, LL, P5

July 1, 2009

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Working with QuickBooks

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Phoebe Blackburn, Bristol Community College

QuickBooks is the most widely-used financial software in small business. This workshop is an introduction to familiarize the participants with the most commonly used functions within the application. It is recommended for any individual who would like to learn, hands-on, how to use the software to record financial and bookkeeping data in a computerized environment. Topics presented include the basic procedural steps to create a QuickBooks company, how to process sales and cash receipts, record purchases and cash payments, reconcile banking transactions and create and customize QuickBooks forms. Prior knowledge of accounting procedures is not necessary.

Location: Bristol CC - K102

July 1, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes
Bringing Technology into the Classroom: Creatively Enhancing the Skills of Your Students through Technology
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The two software programs that will be discussed within this workshop are Alice and Scratch. Alice is a program that was developed by Carnegie Mellon for the purpose of teaching the basics of programming to students using a 3D environment. This program is a great tool for animating story telling. Scratch is a program that was created by MIT for the purpose of teaching children, ages 8 and up, to develop 21st century learning skills. With this tool, students will learn important mathematical and computational skills, as well as learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

This workshop will teach you basic instructions for utilizing the software as well as provide you with suggestions for incorporating these programs into your lesson plan. Both Alice and Scratch are free to download and use.

Location: Bristol CC - K101 (9:00 - 3:00)

July 1 -31, 2009

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Batec Summer Institutes

The BATEC Summer Institutes will be held between July 1st - July 31st this year at Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Topics will include: Cisco, Dreamweaver, Flash, Java, Innov8, Microsoft Office, and many others. A full list of courses, schedule and registration will be available on this site in late May.

june 2009

 

June 29 – July 2, 2009

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Robotics for Middle School Teachers Course
This course will provide middle school teachers with hands-on experience in robotics. The course will focus on developing an understanding of robotics as a basis for teaching programming and mechanical design. Systematic problem solving will also be emphasized.

 

Register online at http://bit.ly/CourseRegistration

Or contact Kathy Baker at 413 545-0010

 

June 28 - July 1, 2009

 

30th Annual National Education Computing Conference

Did you know NECC attracts the top technology companies in the field of Ed Tech worldwide? Last year, of the nearly 500 companies who exhibited at NECC, a quarter of the companies specialized in educational software, and the remaining companies offered professional development and training, or showcased everything from Web-based products to computer systems and networking solutions.

 

There are more than 300 Formal and Hands-on Sessions, the Informal Learning Lounges and Playgrounds, and the vast Exhibit Hall, complete with information and training sessions of their own.

NECC provides leadership development for the whole education team.
NECC's Workshops and Sessions offer:

* Inspiration and strategies for improving learning for all students
* Compelling models of online and face-to-face technology integration for administrators and teacher trainers
* Hands-on training in multimedia, Web 2.0, and mobile technologies
* Time saving productivity and management tools
* Effective solutions for professional staff development and technology planning
* New and innovative ideas for meeting federal mandates
* Alignment with ISTE's NETS for Students, Teachers, and Administrators


Presented by iste, Washington, DC

*Register by May 1 to receive the Early Bird discount

June 26, 2009

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Mentoring & Mythbusting Training Workshop

The Collaborative for Gender Equity exists to help shatter myths about women in STEM, and encourage young women to pursue educational opportunities and careers in emerging technologies. Much of today's research on the participation of women in STEM suggests that succeeding in a non-traditional career like those in IT is linked to strong support systems including mentoring programs. This workshop is designed to help secondary and post-secondary educators develop mentoring programs for girls and women that encourage participation in advanced and emerging technologies, STEM and non-traditional programs.

Workshop components include:

• Research supporting mentoring

• Step-by-step instruction on program development and management

• Model programs for replication

• Many additional resources

Register here or email Ann-Claire Anderson, PI, for more information.

 

June 25-26, 2009

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STREAM 2009 Interactive Workshop (K-12 educators)

The workshop will focus on integrating robotics into STEM education. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive sessions as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM.

Hosted by: The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, iRobot, the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education and the University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

**Applications due March 8**

The application and a program flyer can be found here

Please email completed applications to robots@cs.uml.edu or fax to Phyllis Procter at 978-934-3551

 

June 16-17, 2009

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Artbotics Across Massachusetts

The CAITE-sponsored workshop will train CAITE campus faculty to launch
some or all of the Artbotics model on their own campuses.

 

For more information contact Artbotics project director, Phyllis Procter, (978) 934-3625.

June 11-12, 2009

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BPC/NCWIT K-12 Outreach Practices Workshop

This intimate workshop for BPC PIs will give participants an opportunity to learn about and network with key organizations active in K-12 informal education programming and outreach, such as Girl Scouts of the USA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc, MESA, and FIRST, as well as thought-leaders in effective K-12 outreach practices.
Crystal City, VA, USA

June 4, 2009

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WGBH Teachers Domain Workshop

The Teachers’ Domain provides access to over 1,000 free media resources including programming from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, and American Experience. The site offers streaming video, Flash interactive simulations, lesson plans and student-oriented resources for teachers in the field of science, math, social studies, English language arts, and arts.

 

Participate in the WGBH Teachers’ Domain Workshop on Thursday, June 4th, 2009. The WGBH Teachers’ Domain training is from 4-5pm in room 226 at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College and is in conjunction with the Spring Mentoring Program. Contact Janice Alvarez for more information and to register.

May 2009

 

May 12 - 14, 2009

 

NCWIT'S May Meeting

Our May 2009 Meetings will take at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, with a theme centering around the global status of women in technology. These meetings will also feature NCWIT's five-year birthday celebration!

 

Google HQ, Mountain View, CA, USA

 

May 12, 2009

 

The Second Annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit

The second annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit (held via phone and web) will bring together hundreds of women from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers.

 

To get the latest info on the Women Who Tech event please sign up for our mailing list. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, LinkedIn.

(Note: Registration will open in April, 2009.)

May 2, 2009

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CAITE-STCC High School Video Contest Event


Saturday : 10am – 1pm

May 1, 2009

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Artbotics Across Massachusetts

Artbotics is a way to learn about computer science and robotics by creating interactive, public art exhibits. Artbotics Workshop: for educators who seek to implement Artbotics at their sites (colleges, universities, community colleges, high schools, art and museum programs)


June 16-17, 2009, UMass Lowell

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 1.

 

For more information about registering, please contact Phyllis Procter at 978-934-3625 or Holly Yanco.

APril 2009

 

April 23 - 24, 2009

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AccessComputing Capacity-Building Institute

It is a Capacity-Building Institute focused on increasing the participation and success of students with disabilities in IT and computing fields of study and, ultimately, careers. We are inviting pairs of individuals from our communities of practice to join us for an engaging exploration of issues and potential actions that can be taken to reach this goal. Each team of two needs to include a person representing the campus office that provides accommodations for students with disabilities and a faculty member or academic administrator in IT/computing. Ground travel, air travel, and rooms/meals at the CBI will be covered by our project. At this point, express your interest in participating by sending email to Lisa Stewart.

 

The ultimate goals of AccessComputing activities such as this CBI are to broaden the participation in computing and IT fields and improve these fields with the talents and perspectives of students with disabilities.

 

April 21, 2009

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STEM Institute Seminar

Rick Adrion, speaker
Computer Science, University of Massachusetts

“Broadening Participation in Computing: A Community College Strategy”

 

Although STEM fields are attracting more women and under-represented minorities than a decade ago, students with diverse backgrounds still are not pursuing and succeeding in computing and information technology (IT). UMass Amherst is hosting a statewide effort to change this, and its efforts will be the subject of this seminar.

April 18, 2009

 

First New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium:
Celebrating Excellence and Diversity in Computer Science

The first New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium which is being organized to celebrate Excellence and Diversity in Undergraduate level Computer Science in New England.

To participate, you must send an abstract describing either a course project or a research project you have contributed to over the past year.

 

DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2009
PLACE: Wellesley College, Mass.

DEADLINE for poster submissions: March 6, 2009
Selection of participants by March 18, 2009.

See more info at the website below.

http://www.neucs.org/

April 16 - 17, 2009

 

CFP: YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in theUnited States

This interdisciplinary conference is hosted by the departments of Political Science, Computer Science, and Communication; the STS Initiative, the National Center for Digital Government, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass. It is funded by a Research Leadership in Action grant from the Vice Provost's Office at UMass and the NSF. A call for papers is available at the conference website.

April 1 - 4, 2009

 

The Tapia 2009 Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
Scholarship applications will be accepted through midnight EST October 15, 2008!

Feb 2009

 

Feb. 27, 2009

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BATEC IT Futures Forum

Boston, MA

Please save the date for BATEC's IT Futures Forum, which will be held on Friday, February 27th at Staples Headquarters in Framingham. More information about this event is available here.

 

jan 2009

 

Jan 31, 2009

 

Deadline for mini-grant applications from the Northeastern Girls Collaborative. Up to $1,000 grants to girl-serving STEM programs to support informal learning. Go to this link for guidelines and online application. Contact NEGCminigrants@gmail.com for questions.

Jan 29, 2009

Youth Outreach Fair

A gathering of UMass programs for Springfield teachers and young people to be held at Springfield Technical Community College, Building 2, from 3pm - 6pm.

Jan 13, 2009

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Bristol CC TechFair

BCC, Fall River, MA

More than 100 high school juniors and seniors from southeastern Massachusetts and their teachers are expected on campus for an entire morning. They'll learn about the computer information systems program, as well as how to apply, transfer, get financial aid, and succeed as a student. Current students help run the event, which caps off with a prize-filled trivia game. BCC and high school faculty will work on articulation issues that afternoon, as well.

Contact Janelle Arruda for more information.

 

Jan 5, 2009

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Bristol CC Community Project

Fall River, MA

Community computer project to begin. [Orientation Dec. 8 2008]

 

Dec 2008

 

Dec 5 - 7, 2008

 

She's Geeky (un)Conference

NYC, NY

This is the first East Coast She's Geeky (un)Conference. http://www.shesgeeky.org She's Geeky is a neutral, face-to-face forum for women who like to geek out. 1. Exchange skills and learn from women in different fields of technology. 2. Discuss issues that affect women in the technology industry. 3. Connect with other women in technology, computing, entrepreneurship, funding, hardware, open source, nonprofit and any other technical geeky field.

 

nov 2008

 

Nov 25, 2008

 

BATEC ICT Careers Day
Boston, MA

Students, teachers, and invited guests will spend the day learning from industry experts about the careers that exist in Information Technology today.

Since this event was such a success last year, BATEC and CAITE will be holding it again this year on Tuesday, November 25th at UMass Boston. If you are interested in bringing your students to this event, please contact Dawn Zapata, BATEC Project Manager.

 

Nov 15 - 21, 2008

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SC08 Broader Engagement Conference

Austin, TX

SC08 is the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. SC08 is also committed to broadening the engagement of individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing.

 

Nov 17, 2008

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Becky Packard "Mentoring and Persistence" talk
UMA, Campus Ctr, rm. 803, 4 - 5pm.


Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Mt Holyoke College will speak about "Mentoring and Persistence among Lower-Income First Generation College Students in STEM."

 

Nov 8, 2008

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National Collaborative for Girls (in STEM) Kick Off

This is the kick-off to the Northeast chapter of this national organization that encourages collaboration among programs that target girls to get into STEM fields. Renee Fall will present on a panel on collaboration.

 

Nov 8, 2008

8am - 5pm

ICE Fall Graduate Recruiting Event

Umass Amherst, Campus Center

Nov 7, 2008

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ICT Transfer Meeting

BATEC, and its partner the Commonwealth Alliance for IT Education (CAITE), have been sponsoring meetings with faculty and administrators from 15 institutions in eastern Massachusetts on articulation and transfer issues facing the region during the 2008-2009 academic year. If you are interested in joining in on these meetings, please email Dawn Zapata, BATEC Project Manger for information about the these meetings and what's been discussed thus far.

 

Nov 6-7, 2008

NCWIT's November 2008 Meetings

It will be hosted by the Ada Bryon Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. The theme of our November 2008 Meetings will be "Multiple Pathways to an IT Career." The Practices Workshop will focus on non-traditional pathways to an IT career, a critical avenue for increasing the number of people seeking to join the IT workforce. Our confirmed speakers include Lesley A. Arsht, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy; Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Director of the Center for Work-Life Policy; Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); and Dr. Martina Whelshula, President of The Spokane Tribal College.

 

oct 2008

 

Oct 29, 2008

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Springfield Technical Community College Career Day
Springfield, MA

STCC will host the second annual Springfield Technical Community College IT Career Outreach open house, geared toward generating interest in IT careers from programs that exist within the STCC community.

Oct 28, 2008

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Massachusetts STEM Summit V: Implementing the Plan
Sturbridge, MA
CAITE Project Director Rick Adrion and Project Manager Renee Fall will be presenting CAITE's efforts to increase diversity in computer science and IT in Massachusetts.

For more information and to register, click here

Oct 25, 2008

1.30pm

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38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY
CAITE Project Director Rick Adrion will present "Broadening Participation in Computing: K12-Community College-University-Graduate Pathways"

Oct 24, 2008

 

"Careers,Technology and You"

Framingham State College

 

The Computer Science department will host technology professionals in industry to talk about the current and projected job market and industry trends. The day will include a panel discussion, guest speaker, give-a-ways, food and more. Students will have the opportunity to speak with professionals, faculty, alumni, and current students. A tour and talk with admissions is optional. Business and technology faculty and guidance counselors are also invited to attend.

 

Oct 23, 2008

4:00-6:00- PM

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Pioneer Valley STEM Ed Showcase and Symposium

Hear what a panel of Pioneer Valley superintendents have to say about the challenges and successes in their districts. Also learn from representatives of the MA Departments of Education about what is happening on the state level in STEM education. It is being held in the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. Pioneer Valley STEM Education Symposium.

 

Oct 15, 2008

11.59pm

The Tapia 2009 Conference (April 1 - 4, 2009) is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
Scholarship applications will be accepted through midnight EST October 15, 2008!

Oct 10, 2008

1:30pm-4:45pm

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Faculty Development Sessions

Session 3: VE-IT for Information Technology Intro Courses

This session is a follow-up to session 1, designed specifically for Information Technology faculty. The session will cover VE-IT Careers, a module designed to excite students about IT, give them a broad perspective of the career pathways and bring soft and entrepreneurial skills.

 

A working framework for integrating the modules into introductory IT courses will be provided. Faculty attending the session will be given follow-up steps for optional participation in a National Science Foundation sponsored working group.

 

Topic 1: Introduction to VE-IT Syllabus
Topic 2: Discussion of Adaptability
Topic 3: Discussion of Extensions to MarketMaker

Oct 10, 2008

9:00am-12:15am

 

Faculty Development Sessions

Session 2: The Virtual Enterprise Pedagogy

 

This session is a repeat of Session 1

Oct 9, 2008

2:00pm-5:15pm

 

Faculty Development Sessions

Session 1: The Virtual Enterprise Pedagogy Conducted

This session will cover the foundations of the Virtual Enterprise pedagogy including using VE as a course module or as a full-semester experience. The essential technological tools including the MarketMaker Virtual Economy, blogs and wikis will be demonstrated. Faculty will be given time to experience the simulation first-hand and discuss how it might be integrated into their own courses.

Topic 1: Introduction to the Pedagogy
Topic 2: Simulated Exercise: VE in an Hour
Topic 3: Group Discussions by Pedagogies

 

Oct 1 - 4, 2008

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Keystone, Colorado

Oct 1, 2008

10am - 3pm

Engineering & Technology Career Fair '08

UMass Amherst, Campus Center Auditorium

Engineering and Computer Science majors - this fair is for you. Math and Physics majors - for you too!! IT minors - you should come too!!! 

Contact the career center directly to get more details about this career fair.

Sept 2008

 

Sept 26, 2008

9.30am - Noon



BATEC ICT Transfer Meeting
Boston, MA

CAITE and the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) are holding their third ICT Transfer Meeting at UMass Boston. Faculty, administration and articulation staff from higher education institutions throughout eastern Massachusetts will meet to continue their work on articulation issues and creating a sustainable pathway from 2 to 4 year institutions for IT students in the area. If you are interested in being a part of this meeting, please contact Dawn Zapata, BATEC Project Manager for more information. Registration information can also be found on BATEC's website.

Sept 27, 2008

9am - 4.30pm


Massachusetts Consortium of S.T.E.M. Programs will host the third annual 2008 Regional Graduate School Fair and G.R.A.D. Lab

(Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees) workshop at Northeastern University. This event is made possible by The National GEM Consortium

Aug 2008

 

Aug 31, 2008

11.59pm

SC08, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, takes place November 15-21, 2008 in Austin, Texas. For twenty years, the SC conference has showcased the latest advances in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Deadline for submission: August 31!

Aug 21, 2008

 

Successful 2008 Tech Apprentice Program Wraps Up

BATEC advisory board member, Ed Esposito, hosted a luncheon wrapping up the Tech Apprentice program. Seventy-four students had the opportunity to work in challenging IT internships at 35 companies across Greater Boston.

Aug 11 - 15


The Workforce Education Resource Center at Cape Cod Community College put on a week long workshop titled "Using Alice to Teach Object-Oriented Programming Concepts" for 10 to 15 Cape and Islands high school teachers in math, science and IT.

JULY 2008

 

July 23-26, 2008

 

Synergy 2008, held in Phoenix, Arizona, was the third in a sequence of biannual conferences, focused on technological education reform from the perspective of community colleges. These conferences brought together participants from across the country who are related to initiatives focused on addressing key aspects of technological education reform. Over 130 people were in attendance working with experts such as Dr. Chris Dede from Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dr. Jim Dearing from Kaiser Pemanente; and Dr. Mark Weston from Dell Corporation. The keynotes can be found at http://www.synergy2008.org/welcome/agenda.htm

July 10 & 11,

2008


Innovative Approaches to First Courses in Computing workshop with Mark Guzdial, Amherst, MA.

July 7 - August 8, 2008

 

 

BATEC Summer Institutes

 

BATEC held its fourth annual Summer Institutes for high school teachers and community college faculty in eastern Massachusetts. The courses were offered at Bunker Hill Community College, Middlesex Community College, Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Over 100 teachers, representing 35 schools, attended the Summer Institutes this year.

JUNE 2008

 

June 11, 2008

 

BATEC's Fourth Annual Outreach Summit

BATEC held its Fourth Annual Outreach Summit at Bunker Hill Community College for area secondary and post secondary educators and community-based organizational partners. This year's workshops focused on articulation and collaboration between institutions. Workshop sessions included: A+Advancer & Accuplacer, Transfer Articulation/Dual Enrollment, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Aligning High School and Higher Education: The Massachusetts School-to-College Report. The summit concluded with three focus sessions in which participants divided into groups to discuss current issues of college and career readiness and articulation.

 

MAY 2008

 

May 2, 2008

14th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Conference,
UMass Amherst

April 2008

 

April 19, 2008

North East regional Sigma Xi conference, Cornell University

April 18, 2008

"Careers for You in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and More"

Burke, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Madison Park and Somerville high school students were invited to the college to learn about the
application process and to participate in BHCC's STEM program-
related workshops. Workshops included: Criminal Investigations, Get in the Game: BHCC's New Gaming Program, Center of Gravity, CSI at BHCC, Mass Media and the (Re) Creation of Reality, and Art through Mathematics".

 

April 17, 2008


Information Security Conference, HCC

April 8, 2008


Senior Project Day - STCC

April 4, 2008


2008 BATEC College Fair- Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center, Northeastern U

March 2008

 

March 28, 2008


Western Massachusetts Articulation Summit – HCC.

At this summit, we hope to:

• catalog IT courses and syllabi

• create a map of course equivalents between institutions

• identify links to program and degree requirements.

We will follow up the two summits with another meeting to integrate the results from each. Our goal is to create a database of IT and CS courses, curricula and degree/certificate/career programs that will serve as a resource for students, faculty and advisers.

March 16, 2008


Application Deadline for NSF REU Site at UMass Amherst. See Details

March 2 & 3,

2008


 

National College Fair - Pioneer Valley cluster – Big E exposition grounds. See Details

March 1, 2008


High School Video IT Contest STCC campus.

Eleventh and twelfth grade students are invited to participate in the first CAITE Video Competition in collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College.
Answer the question:
"What does a Career in Information Technology mean to you?"

Grand Prize: $500 gift certificate to the Holyoke Mall!

Feb 2008

 

Feb 29, 2008

2008 BATEC IT Futures Forum - Staples Framingham. See Details

Feb 20, 2008


Information & Communications Information (ICT) Transfer Summit - Middlesex Community College - Bedford Campus. See Details

Dec 2007

 

Dec 7, 2007


IT Careers Day at UMass Boston

Dec 5, 2007


Information Security Expo at HCC

Nov 2007

 

Nov 14, 2008


IT Career Day at STCC

Oct 2007

 

Oct 25, 2008


HCC Open House

Sept 2007

 

Sept 27, 2008


Mind the Gap, University of Massachusetts Amherst Photos

Sept 29, 2008


CS Saturday at University of Massachusetts Amherst Photos

Aug 2007

 

Aug 2, 2008


Teen Voices at Microsoft Waltham Photos

May 2007

 

May 14 - 16,

2008

NCWIT National Meetings in Boulder, CO/BPC PI Meetings in Boulder, CO

April 2007

 

April 27, 2008


Women in Information Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst