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AVC.com: Teaching Computer Science To High School Students On The Way To Work


One cause that is important to many of us on the Relay Engineering Team are initiatives to expand CS and, in particular, to #teachkidscode, at public K-12 schools. Not only do we feel that computational thinking is an incredibly valuable skill for all sorts of professions (not just software engineering), but the intersection of education and technology is a natural fit given relaygse's mission and our specific role in the organization. (Here’s a photo of some of the Relay Engineering team leading a codeorg #HourOfCode event at The #ParkSlope School psms282 this past December).

Our friend fred-wilson has a great post today about the #TEALS program - http://avc.com/2014/04/teaching-computer-science-to-high-school-students-on-the-way-to-work/. As Fred mentions, we’ll be hosting the first of two info session at Relay on April 15. By way of background, our CTO, rob-underwood, is a TEALS volunteer this year at Uncommon High School in Crown Heights. Says Fred about this initiative:

I know there are a lot of software engineers in NYC who read this blog. I am very grateful for all that you do for the companies you work for (including many, maybe all, NYC based USV portfolio companies). So it’s hard to ask you to do even more. But I can promise you this. Teaching kids to code is rewarding. It is important. It makes me feel good. And I think it will make you feel good too.

Rob commented on the blog post about his experience saying:

It’s been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling to be a TEALS volunteer this school year at UCHS in Crown Heights. Watching the kids grow and grasp important CS and coding concepts is just great. I love going out there.

As Fred says so eloquently this is a critical effort we all need to get behind, both here in NYC and around the country (and globe for that matter). The readers of this blog are busy people with a ton on their plate. But each of us need to each make time to do this. It’s just that important. We make time for the things we value. We need to make time for this.

Relay GSE, and the Relay Engineering Team in particular, are thrilled to be hosting the first TEALS info session on 4/15. We look forward to welcoming you to Relay and continuing to support TEALS, CSNYC, and similar programs that #teachkidscode. We salute the work that folks like Fred, Evan Korth, Cindy Gao, Nathaniel Granor, and Kevin Wang are doing to make this happen.

Finally, in Brooklyn we have had success working through and with local Community Boards (6 in particular) and Community Education Councils [e.g. cec13brooklyn] to advocate for more CS (e.g., more programs like TEALS) in schools. If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to ping me — I think working with CBs and CECs is something that can be easily replicated throughout the city.

No matter what else you do today, sign up for one of the info sessions and make plans to volunteer for TEALs or a similar program.

We urge you to volunteer for TEALS or another of the many great programs bringing technology, computer science, and coding to public schools. For more info, check out the CSNYC web site and/or TEALS web site. If you’re interested in volunteering but not sure just how to best help, you can submit your info on this CSNYC Google form

We hope to see you at Relay on April 15th!

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New Computer Science Opportunity for High Schools; PD for NYC HS Teachers from Code.Org, IZone, CSNYC

From codeorg:

New Computer Science Opportunity for High Schools

The iZone, in partnership with Code.org, and cs-nyc is excited to announce the launch of the Blended Learning Institute’s Computer Science Track. Combining online support with in-person workshops, this 18-month learning experience prepares teachers to implement a nationally recognized computer science course in their classrooms. This is an exciting opportunity for NYC high schools to join a national movement to expand access to computer science and teach students essential 21st century skills like programming and web design. At the completion of this track, teachers will receive a Pace University issued certificate in Blended Learning and Computer Science instruction. All NYC DOE high schools are welcome to apply.

If interested, teachers and administrations are encouraged to attend an Information Session on February 10th (RSVP here:http://www.izoneschools.org/rsvp-to-bli-cs.html).

The priority deadline for applications is Thursday, February 13th. Click here (http://www.izoneschools.org/computer-science-track.html) to learn more and apply.

Please email bli (at) schools.nyc.gov with any questions.

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Startup Weekend Teens Track is THIS Weekend

From our friends at Innovate NYC Schools — Reminder that Startup Weekend is this weekend! E-mail Preei Birla at preeti (at) innovatenycschools.org for more info.

The globally recognized Startup Weekend is hosting the first-ever Startup Weekend EDU (SWEDU) Teens Track in NYC January 31-February 2. The goal of SWEDU Teens Track is to engage high school students in a hands-on startup experience and build their knowledge of entrepreneurship through live pitches, design sessions, mentor hours, and collaboration with like-minded students.

The focus of this weekend will be on ideas related to improving education. As consumers of education, teens are expertly equipped to define key problems in current teaching and learning, and to build the tools and school models that enable students to be better learners. We are seeking high school students with an interest in challenging assumptions about traditional education and who are eager to develop new education technology products and new school models to join us for this exciting weekend.

The weekend will culminate with teams presenting their final products or school models to a panel of expert judges. Teams will experience what it’s like to pitch an idea or product and receive valuable feedback from the judges. 

NYC High school students interested in participating should submit completed application forms 1. Parent Notification/Consent Form 2. Media Consent Form to nycedu@startupweekend.org by Friday (1/24).  

Please note: Sign-ups will be confirmed on a first-come/first-serve basis. Signatures are required on documents. 

Please note — if you’re interested in being a mentor this weekend, mentorship opportunities this weekend are also available.

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CodeNow is Launching New Training Model in SF & NYC! Apply by 2/5


From CodeNow:

Launching a New Training Model in SF & NYC! Apply by 2/5!

CodeNow introduces high school students to programming through free weekend trainings hosted at local tech companies. We are launching a new model to better serve our students. Our workshops take place in San Francisco and New York City over three days on weekends. Students will have the chance to learn about programming through hands-on project based learning. After submitting an application, applicants will be assigned homework to complete before the first day of class.

We are currently accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis. So the sooner students apply, the more likely they are to be admitted. Each student selected for the program will be eligible to receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the program valued at $250.

Applications are due on February 5th
11:59PM PT.

Dates of Trainings:
San Francisco: Feb 15th, 16th and March 1st
New York City: Feb 22nd, 23rd and March 9th

Application Deadline
Know a high school student interested in tech encourage them to apply! The deadline is February 5th
11:59PM PT, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested students can submit applications here:

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From girlswhocode - info about their upcoming summer immersion program (see more info too at http://www.girlswhocode.com/programs/)


What: an innovative program pairing 250+ hours of intensive instruction with engagement opportunities with the industry’s top players. The program is free of charge for all participants

  • Uses project-based curriculum to teach computer science, including algorithms, loops, basic data structures, Python, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Cultivates crucial soft skills such as public speaking, leadership and entrepreneurship  
  • Exposes students to successful female role models through guest speakers, field trips, workshops, and mentors

Where: Northeastprograms will be held in:

  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY

When: Summer 2014, Monday - Friday, 9-4pm for 7 weeks (exact dates to be announced shortly)

Who: Eligible applicants are:

  • Current 10th and 11th grade girls interested computer science and technology
  • Prior computer science experience not required
  • Residents of the metro area where the program is held 

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