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July
24

Event: Inclusive and Culturally Relevant Lesson Planning/Creation Workshop
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Join CSTA Equity Fellows Shana V. White and Michelle G. Lee for an interactive workshop. They will share an anti-racist and student affirming lesson planning framework and process and guide you through this process.

In order to effectively engage in this workshop, please come with strong knowledge of your school community, community demographics, and problems in the community that students can try to solve.

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocumvqj0vH90M2GO5ZFzDN59m168LbDD9

Register now

Aug.
10

Event: Code.org Northern New England Summer Institute
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Virtual

CS Discoveries &  CS Principles Workshops

August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020

The Professional Learning Program is a yearlong commitment, consisting of a five-day virtual summer workshop, plus four one-day follow up academic year workshops hosted in-person or virtually.

Program information

Maine is excited to serve as the Northern New England host for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont teachers in Summer 2020!

Computer Science Discoveries and Principles workshops are offered at no cost to teachers who meet the scholarship requirements and are accepted into the program. Full scholarships are available to teachers from schools with a free and reduced lunch rate of 50% or more. 

For teachers who don't qualify for a scholarship, the cost of the CS Discoveries or CS Principles program is only $550 per teacher. 

The program fee covers your teaching materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, and your meals during workshops. Additional travel costs are not covered. 

Thanks to corporate sponsorship, Educate Maine will provide a teacher stipend based on full participation and completion of the year-long professional learning program. The amount of the stipend is contingent on available funding.

The curriculum, online student learning platform, and access to support from the teacher and Code.org community are available to all schools year-round.

More about your Regional Partner

Educate Maine & the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance are Maine's only Code.org regional partner offering a variety of programs to support teachers and students in order to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools. Together, our organizations provide high-quality computer science professional development to educators in Maine through local district partnerships and by building a positive local computer science educator community.

Apply now to be in CS Discoveries and CS Principles cohorts! https://code.org/educate/professional-learning/middle-high

Apply today!

Sept
15-16

Event: Maine Virtual Digital Government Summit
Location: Virtual

Maine Digital Government Summit for public sector IT employees

This year’s Digital Government Summit will be “digital” in every way! The conference is being held in a virtual format, over the course of two partial days. Government Technology's passion is promoting best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector – more important than ever in challenging times like these. Please join us for a powerful series of sessions that provide inspiration, participation, education, and thought-provocation!

Welcome

“Information technology has been at the heart of maintaining the continuity of government these last few months. With the unknowns facing us in the coming months and years, it is imperative that we have an IT organization primed and ready to meet the challenges. The Digital Government Summit not only celebrates what technology professionals do but explores how to more effectively deliver these key services. Join us as we go virtual and learn from one another!”

– Fred Brittain, Chief Information Officer, State of Maine

 

Schedule

Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, September 16, 9:00 - 11:00 am

(Subject to change as the agenda develops.)

 

The Project>Login Program Director sits on the advisory board and helps plan the conference.

Register today!

Summer Camps in Digital and Computing Tech

Maine School of Science and Math: Summer Camps — In Limestone. “The MSSM Summer Camp program provides an opportunity for campers to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded peers and an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who share their passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Maine Robotics Summer Camps - Maine Robotics is entering its 19th year bringing FUN and EDUCATIONAL summer programs to communities all over the state.

Maine Robotics: Build Your Own Computer Camp — In Portland, Falmouth, Augusta, and Bangor. Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and set up to run? This camp is for youth, ages 12 to 16 who want to build and test their own computer.

The Maine Game Summer Camp — In Bangor. “We make video games, let us show you how. We make games like Hearthstone, Crossy Road, Angry Birds and Kerbal Space Program using the Unity game engine and through C# code and 3DS Max.”

Maine Media Workshops — In Rockport. Participants will get an introduction into making a real-time “level design” in the game software Unreal Engine®. This high-end game-making software allows students to create a first-person world from their own imagination and build playable games in the game engine.

Computing & IT Groups

Maine Technology Users Group MTUG brings together interested individuals in the Maine computer networking and telecommunications industries for education, information, and networking. 

Tech Maine TechMaine’s goal is to provide a platform to highlight the exchange of news, events, and information for Maine technology professionals, technology-oriented businesses, and those reliant on technology.

Computing & Digital Meetups

Maine CSTA— Maine Computer Science Teachers Association regularly holds regional meetups across the state. They post their upcoming meetups on their website and Twitter.

Google Developers Group Meetup — over 270 members regularly hold meetups, DevFests, meet & greets, study jams, Google Women TechMaker events and more! 

Code for Maine — Meets every week on Tuesdays.Code for Maine is the local affiliate of Code for America. Code for America enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities.”

Hack Portland — Meets in Portland every week on Tuesdays. “What’s a hacker? Someone who likes to know how stuff works — someone who likes to take stuff apart, someone who likes to tweak, fiddle and mess around.”

Maine Hacker Club — Meets in Bangor every 2 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “The goal of the group is to establish a cross-generational technical community in central and northern Maine.” 

Maine WordPress Meetup  Meets in Westbrook on the third Wednesday every 2 months. “This is a group for people interested in WordPress. If you’re interested in WordPress, let’s get together and meet each other, talk, teach things to each other, and explore the community!”

Portland iOS Developer Network — “We’ll be meeting to share discoveries, opportunities, quandaries, and solutions relating to development for Apple iPhone and iPad.”