Through funding provided by the PAsmart Initiative, California University of PA, Intermediate Unit #1, PSAYDN, and the PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project are working together to recruit teachers and afterschool providers to take part in several computing and mathematics curriculum trainings targeting K-12 students.

 

Trainings Offered:

       Alice Programming Teaches programming through an interactive 3D language using characters from Alice in Wonderland. Alice programming is targeted for students in grades 5-12. Learn more at: https://www.alice.org/.

       CryptoClub Teaches mathematics concepts through cryptography using puzzles and games. CryptoClub is targeted for students in grades 5-12. Learn more at: https://cryptoclub.org/.

       ScratchJr Programming ScratchJr is a first programming language for young kids (ages 5-7). It uses an interactive approach to teach programming through the creation of stories and games. Targeted for students in grades K-3. Learn more at: https://www.scratchjr.org/about/info.

 

Benefits:

       Free full-day training in the curriculum

       Free materials (book, slides, examples)

       Free resources including best practices in promoting computing and mathematics to youth

       Free educator support on curriculum

       $100 stipend for one educator from each organization, who attends a workshop

 

Expectations: Trained educators will:

       use the curriculum in their in-school or after-school programs (there is no requirement for the number of activities that you complete)

       provide details of their use of the curriculum

       provide program assessment through survey responses

 

Training Dates & Locations:

       Intermediate Unit #1 - California, PA

o   CryptoClub: Wednesday, October 9th

o   Alice Programming: Monday, October 21st

o   Scratch Programming: Friday, October 25th

       PA Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) - Harrisburg, PA

o   CryptoClub: Monday, September 16th

o   Alice Programming: Monday, September 30th

o   Scratch Programming: Monday, October 14th

 

Cost:

FREE. This initiative is supported by PAsmart funding. We actually pay you to a $100 stipend to attend the workshop and implement the curriculum!

 

Who can attend?
Leaders need not be teachers. Any providers of in-school or afterschool programming are eligible. No prior programming or mathematics experience is needed. We will teach you everything that you need to know and support you along the way.

 

What happens at a training?

Participants will learn how to:

       teach the curriculum in fun and engaging ways

       use a variety of games, activities and stories to engage their students

       use best practices to promote computing and mathematics to youth

 

Is your organization interested in taking part?

Below are the requirements for implementing one of these curriculums.

       Attend a full-day training session

       Participate in evaluation activities

       Have computers available for students to use

 

Interested in Participating?

Please complete the online survey located at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIAD5fre6PQ2TlNx4s8sxQF5BFL6og3GZHR01a97NFNpwYkg/viewform?usp=sf_link by Friday, September 6th. If your organization is chosen to attend, you will receive an invitation to register by Monday, September 9th.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about this initiative please email either Pratibha Menon (menon@calu.edu) or Lisa Kovalchick (kovalchick@calu.edu).