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December 2020 Newsletter 
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Celebrating CSed Week Across Maryland  in a Big Way!
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On Monday evening, December 7, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) hosted Level Up with Code, an evening of computer science for elementary school students and their families. After a brief introduction of what is happening in Computer Science in PGCPS and around Maryland, Merijke Coenraad, a PhD student at the University of Maryland, spoke about her own journey in Computer Science the possibilities that computer science offers. 
At that point, over 300 families were divided into 16 breakout rooms and worked through Hour of Code and other computer science activities with their families.
Here are a few of the reactions from the participants:
"My son had fun and saved the website to continue learning how to code."

"It was very informative and exciting, too short time-wise. My granddaughter and I enjoyed this time together."
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Students from the Great Mills High School Computer Science Honor Society took on an outreach project for CS Education Week. Because the schools are completely virtual this week, the group decided to prepare activities and videos. These were shared with the Media Specialist at Lettie Dent Elementary School who used the lesson with her Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. The videos led students through a lesson about

algorithms using the CS First 'Animate a Name' lesson with an unplugged algorithm warm-up to get the students up and moving.
Here is the intro video

Here is the video explaining the dance algorithm warm-up

When asked which was their favorite part of the lesson, elementary students overwhelmingly said “ALL OF IT!”

Tell Us Your Story! Have you or your school done something with computer science? Let us know by emailing us at!
Add some CS to your Holiday Cheer!
In the Binary Sweater activity, created by Mike Glennon of Howard County Public Schools, students code their initials on a sweater illustration using Binary Code.  Students can then use virtual or actual paint and drawing tools to decorate their sweater, Ugly Sweater Style.  Target Baby Yoda Ugly Christmas Sweater
This activity is a great way to introduce the coding concept of binary while building classroom community.  Encourage students to be creative and make their sweater tell a story which could be about how they have created something with code, their favorite coding game or anything of their choice. Share sweaters with the class and give students the opportunity to decode the initials of the owner of each sweater and share stories as a group!   Use this Binary Sweater template , or use this Wixie template.
The UMBC Center for Women in Technology (CWIT)

The UMBC Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) is accepting applications from high school junior girls interested in finding out more about the fields of engineering and computing. This year, they are excited to be able to invite about 30 students to attend the Bits & Bytes Program and encourage women to be leaders in these fields
Complete the online application by JANUARY 15, 2021. Notifications will be sent out by the end of January 2021. Please contact Kate O'Keefe at with any questions.



Ongoing Events 
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Starting February 2021. Saturdays from 8:30AM-11:00AM. Register here
Into to Artificial Intelligence Picture
February 8-25, 2021. Mon and Thur from 7:00PM-8:00PM. Register here.
Higher Education Highlights!
Dr. Michael Flinn
Frostburg University | Associate Professor Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies 

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Dr. Flinn highlights how supportive parents and his interests propelled him forward into the computer science field.  He outlines the variety of experiences that have been available to himself and his CS students from software systems that are used worldwide to an interactive camera installation at Deep Creek Lake that is still being used 15 years later.   Finally, he describes the 5 Computer Science programs offered at Frostburg University and what interested students can expect. To read Dr. Flinn's full interview visit here.
Dr. Lynne Long
Bowie State University | Department Chairperson, Director of Field Experiences 
Dr. Long’s journey to integrate computer science into the Education program at Bowie State University began when she crossed paths with her colleague, Dr. El-Sayed in the hall where they discussed the possibility of creating a CS education degree program. This single interaction sparked a conversation that has continued over the past couple of years. Since then Dr. Long meets regularly with a diverse group of students and faculty to explore various computer science projects and activities that can generate enthusiasm.

To read Dr. Long's full interview  visit here.

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Read more about some of our amazing district educators and higher education faculty members by visiting
It's All in the Numbers
The Growth of Computing Education in Maryland
AP CSP students are more likely to declare a major in STEM and more than 3 times as likely to declare a major in Computer Science than similar students who attended high school before AP CSP became available. The increase for Black students is 183% and 278% for Hispanic students.
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