Johnny Key

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Computer Science Education Week Announcements

Media Advisory - Computer Science Education Week

December 9-15, 2019 is Computer Science Education Week. This page features Arkansas's computer science announcements made during that week.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - CSedWeek Kickoff

Governor Asa Hutchinson's 2019 CSedWeek Proclamation

Arkansas State Board of Education 2019 CSedWeek Resolution

Governor Hutchinson's Executive Order Establishing the State Computer Science and Cybersecurity Taskforce

Governor Hutcinson's Press Release Announcing the Members of the State Computer Science and Cybersecurity Taskforce
 
ADE's Press Release: Arkansas Students, Schools Receive $119,300 for Qualifying Scores on Advanced Placement Computer Science Exams

 

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 

ADE Announces Cyber Security Course Pathway

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/ADE%20Announces%20Cyber%20Security%20Course%20Pathway.pdf 
 
The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce that ADE is partnering with the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative’s Virtual Arkansas division, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the University of Central Arkansas at Conway to develop a three-year cyber security curriculum and course pathway that will be available to Arkansas public school students at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
 

Community Night of Coding at UA Little Rock 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 

2020 Computer Science Educator of the Year Award Cycle Announced

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/Applications%20Being%20Accepted%20for%20Computer%20Science%20Educator%20of%20the%20Year%20Award.pdf

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are once again searching for the best computer science educator in the state. Applications are now being accepted for the Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year award for the 2019-2020 school year.

 
New Partnership to Establish Afterschool Robotics Competition: AOSN to spearhead ADE-funded afterschool STEM initiative culminating in Innovation Hub event
 
The Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science (CS) and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub at Winrock International to establish an Arkansas robotics competition for students grades four through eight. The partnership will also establish a startup grant for afterschool programs to receive equipment for the competition.
 
 
$2,000 Conference Sponsorships for the 2020 Computer Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia
 
http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4246
 
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce its support for up to 35 Arkansas educators to attend the 2020 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose of these sponsorships is to provide financial assistance to Arkansas educators assisting them with expanding their knowledge of computer science and networking with other educators from around the world through the unique experience of the CSTA Conference.
 
 
 
Girls Go CyberStart Initiative - Registration Open
 
http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4247
 
The Arkansas Department of Education Office of Computer Science is happy to announce its support and participation in an innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification for professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. The partnership aims to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and identify talented youth in Arkansas. Open to female high school students, the Girls Go CyberStart initiative encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in problem solving. - www.girlsgocyberstart.org

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 -

Competition That Combines Coding and History Announced for Middle School Students

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/Competition%20That%20Combines%20Coding%20and%20History%20Announced%20for%20Middle%20School%20Students.pdf

The Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition will begin in January 2020. Open to students in grades 4-8, the competition emphasizes storytelling, state history, and coding and gives students the ability to use their coding abilities while supporting literary growth and expanding their knowledge of Arkansas history.

 

#ARKidsCanCode / #RISEArkansas Announcement for Computer Science Education Week 2019

http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4249

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/Reading,%20Computer%20Science%20Initiatives%20to%20Provide%20Books%20to%20Libraries%20Around%20State.pdf

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the continuation of its cross initiative program supporting both the Arkansas Computer Science (#ARKidsCanCode / #CSforAR) and Arkansas Reading Initiatives (#RISEArkansas). In the first two years of this program approximately 900 K-8 public school libraries received coding devices and coding related books. For 2019, additional computer science and computing related books will be distributed to public school libraries around the state. 

 

Thursday, December 12, 2019 -

17 winners will receive a total of $255,331.84 through the Innovation in Computer Science School Grant Program

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/17%20Recipients%20to%20Receive%20Computer%20Science%20Grants.pdf

The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce that 17 winners will receive a total of $255,331.84 through the Innovation in Computer Science School Grant Program. 

 
ASTATE, APSRC, and ADE Partnership to Provide Statewide Online Coding Curriculum
 
http://www.astate.edu/news/new-partnership-to-provide-statewide-online-coding-curriculum
 
https://www.apsrc.net/spotlight/apsrc-awarded-grant-to-enroll-high-school-students-in-swift-coding-program/
 
The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center announced a partnership program to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester. The first offering of its type to the high school students of Arkansas, the UpSkill program is designed to support the Governor’s initiative on computer science skills.  The course structure leads students through a nine-month curriculum that prepares them to receive a certificate in Swift coding.

Friday, December 13, 2019 -

Creation of the Arkansas Students of Distinction in Computer Science Recognition Program

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/news/2019/Arkansas%20to%20Recognize%20Approximately%2050%20Computer%20Science%20Students%20rv.pdf

The Arkansas Department of Education is looking for outstanding students who have demonstrated their commitment to computer science education. Through the Arkansas Students of Distinction in Computer Science Recognition Program, up to 50 public and private school, as well as homeschool students, currently in grades 11 or 12 will be recognized for their efforts in computer science education.

 

Archived Announcements

2018 Computer Science Education Week Announcements

2017 Computer Science Education Week Announcements

For more information, please contact:

 
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-0459
 
 
State Director of Computer Science Education
501-682-0459
 
Lead Computer Science Specialist
501-682-5169
 
Office of Computer Science Policy Development Coordinator
501-682-0459
 

 

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