September CTE Spotlight Newsletter
 
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NYC CTE at STEMConnector’s Computer Science Roundtable

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On Tuesday September 15, 2015, CTE students from the Academy of Software Engineering and Chelsea High School represented the NYC Department of Education, at the annual STEMConnector Roundtable. CTE's participation with STEMconnector on a national platform, comes on the heels of  a major initiative announced by
Mayor De Blasio to make computer science avallaible to all NYC’s public school students.
 
STEMConnector’s Roundtable bought together business leaders, and providers of computer science education to discuss “Expanding and Scaling Digital Fluency Models: A Roundtable on CS Education in the US”. 
 
NYC CTE student panelists eloquently spoke about their experience with CS and their career aspirations within the tech sector. CTE students articulately addressed crucial issues such as increasing diversity in tech employment and the role of an educator in making CS accessible and exciting.
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Summer Science Collaboration

With the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), playing a critical role in the competitiveness and future economic prosperity of our nation, NYC CTE has partnered with one of the top 4 global leaders in information technology, Tata Consulting Services (TCS).
 
Aimed at helping students to Gain Experience, Discover Technology and Explore Opportunities, NYC CTE, together with TCS, presented the goIT Student Technology Summer Camp, on June 23, 2015, at CTE High Schools: Academy for Software Engineering Chelsea and Bronx Academy for Software Engineering and Thomas A. Edision CTE High School.
 
TCS associates mentored students in computer programming using MIT App Inventor. Students learned how to design and develop android-based apps, learned programming basics and produced at least one screen of their own app.  Students were provided an opportunity to pitch their app to a group of judges, where winners were determined. Prizes went to the top three teams.
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Summer 2015 CTE Professional Development 

During the summer months, between June and August, the CTE office held over nine professional development workshops.  The PD's provided opportunities for teachers to expand their industry knowledge, collaborate with their peers and earn additional certifications.

A highlight of the workshops featured a four-day intensive training on Web Design for our Graphics teachers, led in collaboration with the UFT and City Tech. The trainings are part of a holistic integration initiative by OPSR to infuse academics, technical training, and sustainability education across CTE content areas.   

Additionally, CTE teachers participated in several of UFT's NICE Trainings including boot camps by C-Tech Associates and Apple's Educational Technology Foundations. All our market maker programs, the Justice Resource Center, the National Academy Foundation and Virtual Enterprise, offered workshops during the summer months. 

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Education Opportunities for Educators and Volunteers

CSNYC, is building a community of professional practice around computer science education in New York City, and welcomes all those invested in making a difference to participate. CSNYC is working to bring in national level speakers, find fun and dynamic venues and build a space for sharing ideas and best practices in the rapidly growing world of computer science. Join in for monthly workshops, master classes, and whatever else they can come up with.
 
To support you with making sure you are fully prepared for your students, CSNYC is hosting a meet-up, “Landscape of NYC CS Education Opportunities for Educators and Volunteers.”  The meet-up takes place on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, at Google. The address is, 111 8th Avenue, 11th Floor Autumn Tech Talk Space, New York, NY. Kindly make sure to use the 8th Ave and 16th Street entrance.  To RSVP you can click the link on the website, and make sure to submit you full name and email (it will be needed for building security).  An amazing list of participants will be in attendance.  You can see the full anticipated list of participants on the website.  Feel Free to Tweet about it!

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The Borough of Manhattan Community College's Scholarship Offer for Undocumented H.S. Students

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is pleased to inform you of a scholarship opportunity, THEDREAM.US, for which some of your undocumented students may be eligible. THEDREAM.US will award scholarships of up to $12,500 for tuition, fees and books to help undocumented students earn an associate degree at BMCC.  BMCC will provide special assistance for students wishing to file THEDREAM.US and/or DACA/TPS applications. Please encourage your students to visit  www.bmcc.cuny.edu/dream to RSVP for one or more of our workshops.

Deadline: Applications and all supplemental materials must be postmarked by Monday, February 15, 2016. The online application, with guidelines and FAQs, are available here.  If you have any questions, please email Tiffany James at BMCC’s Office of Student Affairs at tjames@bmcc.cuny.edu, or call 212.220.8130.



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Solve for Tomorrow

The Solve for Tomorrow contest is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education competition which challenges students in public school grades 6-12 to use STEM innovation to solve a problem within their communities. Participants are in the running to win their share of $2 million in Samsung technology for their classrooms.

What would your school do with a piece of $2M in tech? Help your community with #STEM and win a share of $2M in technology,  APPLY NOW.  

#samsungsolve  @Samsungtweets
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Back-To-School Germs:
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As a reminder, please be wary of germ hot zones and practice good habits to stay healthy.
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