Here are a few important things we wanted to share with you!
Hello again from your faithful CT CSTA leadership!  We're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year and we too have so many questions about what our future classrooms look like.  The State's information changes rapidly and school leadership is working diligently to respond.  That said, if there's one thing computer science teachers are good at it's thinking outside the box, working together, and closing that loop.  
We will respond with kindness, creativity, and mindfulness.  Your local chapter is working diligently to provide you with community, training, and support in a virtual format and we'd love your help.  If you have something to offer or want to take a larger role in the conversations to come reach out to us.
In this issue we have two AMAZING professional development opportunities for you in the form of virtual conferences held by YOUR computer science community.  These are just another example of how together we're better.
Resource for classroom discussion: 
Great Bell Ringers, Do Nows, and Anchor activities!
But first...  Have you ever watched the BBC?  
Quick!  Can you get 834 from the following numbers by adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing?  Use numbers only once and you don't have to use all numbers! 
75, 25, 1, 9 , 7, 3
The popular quiz show Countdown features both word and math problems for contestants to solve!
Word problems also challenge the mind.  What is the largest (classroom safe!) word you can come up with from these letters?
Practice your Countdown skills here or include them as a bell ringer or anchor activity for your students!
A solution for both puzzles will be at the bottom of the message.
Your Local (and regional) CSTA Chapters are planning our conferences!!!
Connecticut's Computer Science Conference is returning!
CTCSTA Members,
We are happy to announce that CS4CT Summit 2020 is going virtual on October 2, 2020.  The event will feature the same great speakers and breakout sessions providing all participants a safe environment to collaborate, learn and share strategies to improve K-12 CS education within your classroom, school, or district.
Summit highlights will include an address from Governor Lamont, a keynote from Emmanual Schanzer (Bootstrap), a panel of computer science experts moderated by Jake Baskin CSTA Executive Director, presentation of current efforts underway by CSDE, and afternoon breakout sessions on various topics of interest.

Additionally, our Planning Committee is adding a new element to the day, a virtual poster presentation we are referring to as the CS Teachers Best Practice Gallery. This gallery is designed to collect short submissions from CS teachers to share your successes. Please see the Request for Submissions for more details on how to contribute to this gallery. We would love to hear from you. The deadline for submissions to this gallery is September 20, 2020.

If you have not already, REGISTER NOW for CS4CT Summit 2020. It will be a wonderful event for all of us to collaborate and continue improving and expanding CS education in CT.
CSTA New England Summit 2020!!!

You asked and we listened!

Your New England chapter leaders are thrilled to announce that this year's New England Regional Conference is back on. In lieu of COVID and the likelihood of remote learning in some capacity, it is more important than ever that we continue to work together to strengthen computer science education through our new lens, "Equitable Remote Learning."

As we move forward with the planning we will keep you abreast of new details and opportunities. Please save the date and if interested submit a proposal here.

Remember, your Connecticut Computer Science Teacher's association loves you!  
Countdown Answers:
Math (a solution, though there are many!)
7 + 3 + 1 = 11
75 * 11 = 825
825 + 9 = 834
Some larger words: