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ECEP Seed Funds Support Computing Camps at 9 Institutions for Summer 2016

      The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance is happy to announce that they have awarded "seed" funding for equipment to 9 institutions to help them start or expand computing summer camps for the summer of 2016.  The funding was provided by a generous grant from Oracle and from the National Science Foundation.  Each institution will offer at least 2 sessions of computing summer camps for elementary and/or middle school students.

      25 ECEP State Leaders Gather, Focus on Equity in CS Education

          On the heels of President Obama’s announcement of CS For All, an initiative to insure that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science in school,  state leaders convened in Washington DC on January 31st, 2016 for the Expanding Computing Science Education (ECEP) Alliance Annual Meeting.  The meeting brought together 25 state leaders, project evaluators, and principal investigators all dedicated to broadening participation in computing.

          Massachusetts Gearing Up for #csedweekMA!

              The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance have been promoting and supporting CS Education Week in Massachsuetts since 2010.  This year, CAITE has partnered with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council's Education Foundation (MassTLC) to promote CS Ed Week in the Bay State by providing CS Ed Week kits to educators.  Each kit includes a poster,

              First TACSE Statewide Meeting a Success

                  The Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE) held its first statewide meeting on October 14, 2015 to coincide with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. By all standards, the meeting was a success, generating so much interest and a large turnout that the meeting space was expanded to accommodate more people.

                  Join ECEP at the TACSE Networking Event on Oct. 14, 2015

                      Computer science advocates and educators are invited to the first statewide meeting of the Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE) in Houston, Texas on October 14, 2015.  This ECEP-funded event will be held in conjuction with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. In keeping with the Grace Hopper theme of expanding and diversifying the computing profession, the TACSE networking event will feature an outstanding panel discussion titled “Expanding the Computer Science Pipeline.”

                      Mass. Teachers Upgrade Their Skills at Summer Workshops

                          Through five ECEP-sponsored professional development workshops in Massachusetts, teachers from across the state and New England reinvigorated their teaching practices with new techniques and curricula. Some participating educators were novices in the field of computer science, and were looking for guidance in introducing the subject. Others were focused on inspiring students who may have been turned off to computing in the past. With offerings involving video game programming, bio-simulations, and robotics competitions, teachers learned a variety of innovative approaches –and had a lot of fun in the process.

                          State Leaders Compare Approaches to Reforming CS Education

                              Leaders from 8 U.S. states and territories gathered in Charlotte, NC to share their efforts to bring computer science to underrepresented students in schools and colleges at the ECEP alliance annual meeting on Aug. 15, 2015. Several state organizations were represented, including the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS), Computer Science Education in South Carolina Steering Committee, Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), and the Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE).