Showcase of Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) Projects

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Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

100 Bigelow St

Holyoke, MA 01040

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Who should attend? Principals, school counselors, teacher colleagues, participants' friends and family, and anyone interested high school computer science education.

What is the Showcase for Mobile CSP Projects? A dozen Mass. high school teachers will spend 4 weeks this summer designed to prepare them to offer the new Computer Science Principles course in 2016-17. They'll go through the entire yearlong course, make their own mobile apps, and prepare to teach their students. This event, the final afternoon of the program, is part info-sharing, celebrating completion, and showing off the socially-relevant moble apps the teachers created. Join us!


11 am - Tour of the Mass. Green High Performance Computing Center (optional)

12 noon - Check-in, lunch, networking (be our guest for lunch)

12:30 pm - Welcome & update on computer science education in Massachusetts

12:50 pm - Overview of Mobile CSP

  • What is Mobile CSP? Why another AP computer science course?
  • Welcoming all students into CS - tips for counselors

1:10 pm - Teacher Project Showcase

  • Teacher Project Showcase of Mobile Apps they created this summer (and will teach students to do next year)

1:40 pm - Certificates & Group Photo

1:50 pm - Closing remarks


What is Mobile CSP? Mobile CSP is an AP Computer Science Principles course that focuses on mobile computing:

  • Build socially useful mobile apps
  • Project-based focus
  • Emphasis on writing & communication
  • Fosters collaboration & creativity

Who is leading the PD?

Facilitator: Beryl Hoffman, Assoc. Prof. of Computer Information Technology, Elms College, Chicopee, Mass.

Master Teacher: Kelly Ogden, Math and CS teacher, Littleton (Mass.) High School

Coordinator: Renee Fall, Project Manager, CAITE; PI, Western Mass ECS Hub, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is convenient and free. There is a 15 space lot in front of the facility, and a 39 space lot on the opposite side of Bigelow Street. Either is just a short walk from the front door.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Renee Fall,, 413-577-4431

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Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

100 Bigelow St

Holyoke, MA 01040

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Organizer MobileCSP/College Board/CAITE/Google CS4HS

Organizer of Showcase of Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) Projects

Mobile CSP The Mobile Computer Science Principles course (Mobile CSP) satisfies all requirements of the College Board's new AP Computer Science Principles course, which has been designed to help broaden participation in computer science. The Mobile CSP course uses the visual programming language, App Inventor, to provide a rigorous, programming-based introduction to computer science using a project-based curriculum.  Students learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps.  In this way, student learning will be associated closely with their interests and grounded in their schools, their homes, and their communities. Mobile CSP is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. CNS-1240841 and CNS-1440947.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

College Board  The AP CSP course is offered by the College Board.  This PD is  partly supported by a grant from the College Board providede from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)  is to promote student access to AP Computer Science Principles by facilitating teacher access to AP CSP professional development.

CAITE works to broaden participation in IT education in Massachusetts. Working with educational institutions and organizations across Mass., our mission is to expand K-16 educational pathways for computing education. CAITE is based at the College of Information and Computing Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CAITE is part of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Google CS4HS

CS4HS is an annual funding program to improve the computer science (CS) educational ecosystem by providing funding for the continuation of CS teacher professional development worldwide. CS4HS is one of the sponsors of this workshop and a year-found professional learning community (PLC) for Mobile CSP teachers in Massachusetts.

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