From your Board:  May Monthly Meeting, Updates, and a call for proposals!
We hope your break was relaxing, you are re-energized, and ready to finish the year! We are looking forward to rounding out the most unusual year in recent memory and want to help you feel supported and appreciated.
In this Bulletin: May Meeting, Workshops, Proposals, and Scholarships
Our Next Chapter Meeting!
Join us on May 10 for our next Chapter Meeting meeting!
Our next Chapter meeting is:
May 10th, 2021 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM
View our Agenda to see updates on what your Executive Board has planned.
Location: Zooming to you!
🥇 Thanks to the University of Connecticut for being our virtual host! 🥇
Guest Speaker - Derek Aguiar
Computer Science Professor, University of Connecticut
Discussing how to prepare students for a Data-Centric Computer Science Curriculum
  • Trends in computer science (data science and artificial intelligence)
  • How these trends translate to impact of computing and student needs
  • Connect to recruitment and retention of diverse student population and recent redesign of Intro to Computing for Engineers
  • Overview of efforts to make data science and artificial intelligence accessible PreK-12
  • Project-based modules
From his website:
Derek Aguiar graduated from the University of Rhode Island with B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University, advised by Professor Sorin Istrail. He completed his postdoctoral work at Princeton University with Professor Barbara Engelhardt. "My research aims to develop probabilistic machine learning models, combinatorial algorithms, and scalable inference methods to better understand high-dimensional data, particularly genomics and genetics data applied to complex disease."

Thank you to the University of Connecticut for hosting!

Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran
Professor & Department Head for the Computer Science and Engineering Department
Providing updates from the Computer Science and Engineering Department, especially about outreach activities
Dr. Todd Campbell
Professor & Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education
Discussing information about teacher preparation program and how the University of Connecticut is providing multiple pathways to certification
Dr. Megan Staples
Associate Professor of Math Education, Neag School of Education
Highlighting what a course-taking pathway might look like for a math ed or a science ed student, as well as discussing current relevant projects including outreach
Scholarship Opportunities
The Connecticut STEM Foundation is excited to announce its scholarship program in 2021 for Connecticut students aspiring to STEM careers.

Two $2,500 scholarships will be offered in 2021.
These scholarships will be awarded to applicants who participated in the 2021 CT STEM Fair. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, June 4, 2021.
As in the past, CT STEM Foundation will offer two summer scholarships to undergraduate students planning to attend a college/university summer STEM course, a summer internship program, an informal science education program or a tuition high school summer education program. Depending upon tuition and expenses, up to $500 is granted for each scholarship. One is awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior high school student. The other is
awarded to a middle school student. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, June 11, 2021.

Application forms are available on the CT STEM Foundation’s website,,
under the Scholarship section.
CSTA NE 20201 - Call for Proposals
CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) New England has a call for proposals for the October 16, 2021 CSTA Conference.  Do you have a great CS idea?  Are you interested in networking with other CS teachers?  Please mark your calendar for the conference and consider proposing to present.  
Upcoming Workshops
  • Computer Networking Workshop - April 24, 2021, 10am-3pm

To register:

Instructor: Dr. Ata Elahi

Network Topology, OSI Model, LAN, Networking Devices, Internet Architecture, IP Addressing using Packet Tracer

Participants will need access to Windows platform or Google Chromebook to access packet tracer application.

  • Data Analysis using Python Workshop - May 8 and May 15, 2021, 10am-3pm

To register:

Instructor: Dr. Imad Antonios

Programming concepts in Python.  Using pandas library to manipulate and explore a dataset.  Create simple visualizations using Matplotlib.  This is a 2-day workshop.  

Participants will need a Google account to use Google Colab.

Congratulations to Jamie Lang, the winner of the Connecticut NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

Chapter Love

We're looking for YOU to contribute!
Do you have an awesome success story?  Did your hard work pay off?  How well did that last Computer Science event go?  We want to hear from you! 
Our site has a section for Stories and it's a little sparse.  We'd love to make it a platform for you to share your successes, concerns, and passions.  
How you can contribute:
  1. Write up your story!  Please keep it under 1000 words.
  2. Include a photo or two.  Images really tell the story and ensure any photo with students is permissible to share.  
  3. Send it to any Board member for us to publicize.
Do you have a lot to say? Want to be a regular editor?  Perhaps this is a place for you!
ImportantEnsure any student photos contain only students who you have approval publicizing.  

Be sure to check out our calendar of events every newsletter!

Upcoming Events
Math & AI Competition for MS Girls
Mar 20, 2021 - Apr 29, 2021
CSTANE 2021 Call for Presentations
Mar 31, 2021 - May 24, 2021
Dell Technologies Cybersecurity Summit
Apr 20, 2021
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
QU Programming Competition
Apr 21, 2021
8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
View entire list
Remember, your Connecticut Computer Science Teacher's association loves you! Thanks for everything you do!