The Computer Science Teachers Association of New Jersey (CSTA-NJ) is a group of 4 chapters of the CSTA, the national organization whose purpose is to support and promote the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines.

The mission of these chapters is to further the mission of CSTA and to encourage sharing of ideas and activities for computer science teachers in their respective regions of New Jersey.

All Chapter Meeting Annoucement

CSTA NNJ will be hosting this month's CSTANJ virtual meeting. We will have a discussion about the newly forming CSTA-NJ, a short presentation on cseducators.stackexchange.com, and a representative from Phidgets Education.

Here is the agenda including the link. I hope you can join us!

CSTA N NJ Meeting

All Chapters meeting on Tuesday, 3/30/2021 from 7 PM to 8:15 PM (hosted by CSTA-SW).

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81204222579



AGENDA


  • Welcome Remarks


  • Updates around the state

    • Status of New Chapter

      • Elections

        • This June, President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will be elected.

        • Terms start July 1, 2021

        • Going forward, The President and Treasurer will be elected on odd years and the VP and treasurer will be held on even years.

      • To streamline communication, you will need to register as a CSTANJ member. They have a membership that is free. If you are already a member, you will automatically be added as an CSTANJ member.

https://csteachers.org/





  • Microbit - Demonstration,

    • Bill Siever and Diane Horvath, Microbit Educators.

Advocacy Update from Daryl Detrick

Governor Murphy signed the 2021 budget today which included $800,000 for CS Education and included the following wording. We are hopeful that this will help ensure that the funding will be used primarily for professional development opportunities as we prepare for the CS Standards to be implemented by September 2022.

The amount hereinabove appropriated for the K-12 Computer Science Education Initiative shall be used exclusively to support approved applications for the expansion and support of professional development of K-12 computer science teachers, and for advanced computer science course offerings as determined by the Commissioner of Education based on a district’s demonstration of its readiness to implement such a program, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting.


Competitions

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 competition, hosted by Stockton University.

The Winning Teams of the 2019 Programming Competition:

1st Place-Freehold High School -Team Scorpion

Max Breslauer-Friedman ~ Cacey Ostic ~ Adam Goldstein

2nd Place-Freehold High School -Team Viper

Drew Isaacson ~Xun Xu

3rd Place-Freehold High School -Team Alligator

Connor Lum ~ Noah Lee ~ Harry Allex

Honorable Mention:

Toms River North High School ~ James Caldwell High School

Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors!


Advocacy Representative

Daryl Detrick, Warren Hills High School, Warren Hills, NJ

CSTANJ -ADVOCACY UPDATE


CS4NJ maintains and coordinates a comprehensive list of professional development opportunities and programs for educators and students of New Jersey and surrounding areas. More information can be found here. CS4nj.org