This is a fantastic article about how Computer Science education is embraced and supported in the small town of Melrose, NM. It highlights the work of Alan Dougherty (science teacher, and bus driver for the district) as he leads student teams to compete in the Supercomputing Challenge. Alan was a participant in the NM-CSforAll PD program and a past participant in Project GUTS PDs offered in concert with the Supercomputing Challenge.
In this article, Peter Denning recounts the origin of computational science, a meld of computer science and science. He states "scientists who used computers found themselves routinely designing new ways to advance science. They became computational designers as well as experimenters and theoreticians" and "computational thinking emerged from within scientific fields—it was not imported from computer science.
Project GUTS teacher and supporter Sheena Vaidyanathan wrote a terrific article for EdSurge on "Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher's Classroom" (November 16, 2013). She focuses on data analysis and computer modeling and simulation as NGSS practices that can be "brought to life" with tools like StarLogo Nova. Project GUTS was recommended as a place to get
Project GUTS, in collaboration with the MIT AppInventor team and University of Massachusetts Lowell, have developed a Data Science activity for this year's Hour of Code. It's geared towards students in 6th grade and older and features crowd-sourced data collection through the Pop Culture app (on an Android phone) and data analysis in
A recent study by Burning Glass Technologies found that employers are seeking CS skills from applicants in jobs that aren't traditionally computing jobs. They call these jobs "hybrid jobs" that demand a mix of skills from different domains. For example, marketers are increasingly reliant on "big data" analytics to direct and manage their campaigns. Alison Derbenwick Miller, VP of Oracle Academy states "Living wage jobs in the future will require some level of CS knowledge.
This year, Paige Prescott and Sheena Vaidyanathan will be representing Project GUTS at the CS Ed Week Kickoff conference in San Mateo, CA. The organizers are expecting to have around 100 district administrators from all over the country at the event. Project GUTS will have a booth at the showcase to talk to attendees about how they can implement computer science in science at their schools/districts.
Project GUTS partnered with CSNYC to offer a 3 day professional development workshop at Microsoft Times Square in NYC on August 28-30, 2017. This workshop, facilitated by Su Gibbs, Paige Prescott and Irene Lee, prepared NYC teachers to integrate the CS in Science curricular modules into regular school day science classes.
This article describes a research study that asked "Do viral videos spread in the same way as infectious diseases?" The study minimized the impact of geographical distance as a measure and looked at the linkages and spread of disease. They found that indeed the spread of a viral video had characteristics similar to the traditional "wave pattern" of contagion spread.
Two graduate students developed a computer model of how fairy circles form. In their model, the interaction of termites and vegetation caused the development of fairy circles and another smaller scale pattern between fairy circles that no one before had see. The two students went to the desert of Namibia to look for this secondary pattern and found it. While not "proof" of how the Namibian fairy circles were formed, the finding furthers our understanding of pattern development in nature in
NSTA Executive Director, David Evans, while an advocate for CS education does not believe computer science should be able to count as a science graduation credit. In the NSTA community blog (http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2016/10/17/computer-science-should-supplement-not-supplant-science-education/) of October 17th he stated his view that "Computer Science Should Supplement, not Supplant Science Education."
The New Mexico chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association has been hard at work proposing legislation that would make CS count towards high school graduation as a math or science credit. Spearheaded by CSTA-NM President Paige Prescott, the bill was two years in the making and had the support of industry, universities and the Public Education Department. Sponsored by Representative
Peter Denning weighs in on the current state of Computational Thinking. He attempts to answer three questions: What is Computational Thinking? How do we measure students' computational abilities? and Is computational thinking good for everyone? This is a good read and thoughtful presentation of the topic.
Photo (from left): Kathy Keith, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office and Supercomputing Challenge winners Theo Goujon, Lisel Faust, Ramona Park, Rowan Cahill (GUTS alumni), and their teachers Hope Cahill (former GUTS club leader) and Brian Smith, and Shaun Cooper, the awards ceremony MC.