Announcing the CSforALL 2018 Commitments from the Pittsburgh region

Organizations in the Pittsburgh region are making a commitment to expanding access to computer science education

CSforALL is a hub for the national Computer Science for All movement. As part of the 2018 CSforALL Summit, organizations in the Pittsburgh region have made the following commitments in support of achieving the ultimate goal of computer science for all students.

// Creating Opportunities for Youth

Carnegie Mellon University will expand the undergraduate-led program Expanding Teknowledge to offer a 10-week session of middle school programming workshops to existing afterschool programs in 10 schools during the 2018-19 school year.

Partner4Work will provide computer science skills training for 100 young adults who dropped out of school, or are at risk of dropping out, by December 2019.

Pittsburgh SuperComputing Center will introduce basic programming concepts through their Project GCODE program to build awareness of 21st-century careers in technology and cyberscience for 60 girls from 6th to 12th grade during the 2018-19 school year.

Simcoach Games will reach 10,000 downloads of games that expose the next generation of young people to career paths and connect them to training, apprenticeships and employment, in partnership with CSforPGH members, workforce development agencies, in school and out-of-school programs, and industry by May 2019.

// Growing the Movement

Remake Learning, in partnership with key stakeholders across the region, will develop the CSforPGH initiative to mobilize and grow the community of computer science education stakeholders and supports serving a community of 100,000 students in the region; identify, create and disseminate no and low-cost computer science education resources, including a regional guide for Pittsburgh educators and administrators; and build partnerships to support on-ramps for girls and students of color by December 2019.

// Increasing Rigor and Equity

Allegheny Intermediate Unit will support local school districts in computer science implementation through transformED by hosting 80 to 100 free workshops to support educators in implementing rigorous STEAM and computer science instruction, convening a quarterly “STEAM Role-Alike”, including a role-alike for computer science teachers, and supporting curriculum integration of CS for 42 public districts during the 2018-19 school year.

// Supporting Local Change

Allegheny Intermediate Unit will distribute $375,000 in STEAM Catalyst Grants during the 2018-19 school year to 23 regional school districts with a focus on coding across the curriculum. Additionally, they’ll host a yearly computer science fair for approximately 200 secondary students during the 2018-19 school year.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit will expand its STEAM Technology Lending Library, which will serve 42 school districts and include 2,000 free resources including technologies supporting computational thinking during the 2018-19 academic year.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit will expand its regional partnership with to provide computer science professional development, including hiring a project manager and ten workshop facilitators with the goal of preparing 300 elementary and 75 secondary teachers in western Pennsylvania to integrate computer science by May 2019.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit, with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will create two new Computer Science Coordinator positions to support regional districts and surrounding intermediate units in computer science implementation, serving 242 school districts and 13 intermediate units during the 2018-19 school year.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will provide a five-day computer science intensive, a two-month computer science program that embeds technology into textile design, and other workshops led by computer science professionals as afterschool programs for youth 11-18 years old, 6 to 8 times during the 2018-19 school year.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh International Game Developers Association, will hire 7 new mentors to provide afterschool computer science education to 27,000 students from 7th to 12th grade, and will create coding and robotics kits for their 19 library locations.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, in partnership with Sparkbox web design, will offer four web design workshops, using a train the trainer model for librarians and youth, for 15 teens in the Job and Career Education Center in 2018; and offer Raspberry Pi workshops for 20 adult patrons and staff to learn and explore this hardware and its applications in 2018.

Carnegie Mellon University will expand their Computer Science Academy program to 30 schools, providing a 9th grade graphics-based Python curriculum for free to a new cohort of 30 schools across Pennsylvania in fall 2018.

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CSforPGH is a regional collaborative of individuals and organizations that seeks to equitably equip and empower learners to use computer science, responsibly, as a tool to change their world.

Published October 12, 2018