Celebrating the success of our colleagues from the CS-CaVE grant at UC San Diego

Please join us at UCSD CREATE in congratulating two of our local colleagues Dr. Beth Simon of UC-San Diego’s Education Studies Department and Art Lopez of Sweetwater High School/Sweetwater Union High School District located in the South Bay of San Diego County, as well as Rich Kick of Newbury Park High School/Conejo Valley Unified School District located in Thousand Oaks of Los Angeles County. Beth, Art and Rich all have the distinct honor of being selected and appointed by State of California Public Schools Superintendent Tom Torkalson, State Board of Education and the California Department of Education as members of the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee<http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/compscicfccmembers.asp>. We are so pleased that they have received this honor and feel like the future of Computer Science Educational Standards in California are in good hands with our dear colleagues.

As the press release (linked below) indicates, the Committee has 21 members, and will assist with developing and recommending to the State Board of Education Computer Science Content Standards for grades K-12. Both Beth and Art have worked together for the past seven years on the new AP Computer Science Principles course and other Computer Science education endeavors as part of two UC San Diego-held NSF grants (COMPASS and CS-CaVE). Beth, Art, and Rich have worked with the NSF and The College Board on the development of the AP Computer Science Principles course for the past several years. Beth and Rich also served as committee members/consultants/reviewers for the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum framework. Meanwhile, Art and Rich were pilot instructors for the AP CSP course, and Beth created a curriculum and piloted one of the first AP Computer Science Principles at UC-San Diego that helped lead to the COMPASS and CS-CaVE NSF projects.

For further information on California’s Computer Science Education and Computer Science Content Standards Development team http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/computerscicontentstds.asp.


Ray Kinne, CS Teacher at San Diego High School and CS-CaVE Master Teacher, wins $10,000 award Ray Kinne has many talents in addition to computer science. Ray is an innovative artist who has created works using novel media including dripped wax and colored push-pins.

Leaders from education, technology and business recognize that the demand for computer science education cannot be met in the coming years without a dedicated workforce of well-trained computer science teachers. ACM founded and houses CSTA, which has grown to more than 24,000 members in 146 countries, to address the need for qualified computer science educators.

Infosys Foundation USA (http://www.infosys.org/usa), ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), the world’s leading computing society, and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csteachers.org), recently announced the winners of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. One of the ten winners was Ray Kinne, CS teacher at San Diego High School and CS-CaVE Master Teacher. Ray has demonstrated an eclectic range of teaching skills and practices. Ray is a talented and innovative artist as well as an “artist-in-residence” at the San Diego Fab Lab.

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Sweetwater HS Students Karla Gonzalez and Adrian Avalos serve on a White House panel with Art Lopez for President Obama’s CSForAll Initiative

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Karla, Adrian, and Art were requested by Ruthe Farmer of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to present and participate in four distinct events during the White House event on Computer Science For All. Many high level government officials from the White House, Department of Education, the NSF, including Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the White House, Dr. Edward Felten, Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the White House, Ruthe Farmer, Inclusion Officer of the White House, Jan Cuny, Director of Computer Science Education, NSF, Melissa Moritz of the U.S. Department of Education,Lien Diaz, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, College Board, industry tech leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Code.org, and many members of higher education institutions.

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SKarlaMaribelArtenior Karla Gonzalez and Mr. Lopez Featured on the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Super Computer Website, UC San Diego News, and UC San Diego CREATE Blog!
Senior Karla Gonzalez and Mr. Lopez were recently featured in a news article for the San Diego Union-Tribune article in regards to Computer Science Education and the Computer Science Principles course at Sweetwater High School and several other articles about this event at the San Diego Super Computer Center, UC San Diego News, UC San Diego’s CREATE Blog program andthe Sweetwater Union High School District Currents newsletter. Karla was selected and recognized as one of six student panelists from across the country for the AP Computer Science Principles course and Mr. Lopez as one of six teachers for the teacher panel by both the College Board and National Science Foundation.

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IMG_0890Hour of Code Brings Together Students, Local Programming Community
Learning any non-native language can be a challenge, but how about non-human languages that tell computers and programs what to do?
Getting practice in those languages was the goal as students across the San Diego Unified School District held their “Hour of Code” in honor of the just-completed, globally celebrated Computer Science Education Week.
“You can get the skills you need in the world now, or you can fall behind,” said Josecruz Morales, a junior at Hoover High School in City Heights. “It may be harsh, but this world is moving fast and you need to get with it.”

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Sweetwater High School is Highlighted in TEDx Talk

Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, highlighted the work Sweetwater Union High School District is doing for their students in regards to Computer Science Education in her recent Ted Talk on Computer Science for All. Ruthe’s talk clearly outline the importance of providing Computer Science Education for our children and country.