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New Federal Law Means Computer Science Is Officially Part of STEM

“Computer Science” is now a federally recognized part of “STEM” “Computer Science” is now a federally recognized part of “STEM” — which means we have more eligibility for federal grant programs. Very short, simple law: STEM Education Act of 2015 … (Read More) New Federal Law Means Computer Science Is Officially Part of STEM

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award

Calling all hackers, coders, and technical high school women and educators!  Applications for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open to any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations as … (Read More) National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award

Computer Science at West Ada

A Computer Science Magnet Program is currently being design and scheduled to be fully implemented over the next four school years. The first wave of classes are being offered at Meridian and Centennial High Schools. View more information about the … (Read More) Computer Science at West Ada

Google CS Education Update

The Google CS education team have been doing a lot of work on the Exploring Computational Thinking website. With a focus on Computer Science Principles and the Seven Big Ideas, the site has recently added topics which includes: 5 new videos demonstrating … (Read More) Google CS Education Update

Business Community Pushes for Curriculum Changes

Idaho’s business community is instigating an effort to change curriculum in order to produce graduates with improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It’s an industry-led effort to develop a more skilled work force. This exert was taken from the Idaho … (Read More) Business Community Pushes for Curriculum Changes

Stepped-up STEM

Backers of more math and science training are counting on a new state government office and an improved K-12 curriculum to help fill the pipeline for employers. Graduates from Idaho universities are earning more degrees in science, technology, engineering and … (Read More) Stepped-up STEM

College Board Endorses 5 CSP Programs

The College Board plans to endorse 5 programs designed and piloted with NSF support; teachers will be able to utilize programs such as these to implement the new AP Computer Science Principles course: view more information on the College Board website. (Read More) College Board Endorses 5 CSP Programs

CS Partnership: Code.org, ITC, IDLA and IDoCode

Partnerships are crucial to the success of the Boise State University IDoCode grant objective to promote and advance Computer Science in Idaho.  As part of our effort, the Boise State University Computer Science department in partnership with the Idaho Technology Council (ITC), the … (Read More) CS Partnership: Code.org, ITC, IDLA and IDoCode

Google Grants Help Boost Computer Science Education

Boise State is teaming up with Internet megastar Google to attract and retain students interested in computer science. While the field is one of the fastest growing on campuses across the country, retention has not kept pace with enrollment. Faculty … (Read More) Google Grants Help Boost Computer Science Education

Mobile Computer Science Principles for Secondary Teachers

The June 17-19 Mobile Computer Science Principles (CSP) workshop will use mobile apps to introduce the seven “big ideas” in the AP CSP curriculum to high school teachers. The workshop is based on interactive activities and projects.  Attendees of the workshop will gain hands-on … (Read More) Mobile Computer Science Principles for Secondary Teachers