PD Programs for Teachers
Informal Learning Opportunities for Teachers
SPARCS - Middle School Teachers
SPARCS is a National Science Foundation supported program for middle school teachers who want to learn more about computer science and computational thinking. Through a combination of summer and school-year professional development, teachers learn fundamental computational thinking skills, build lesson plans that integrate these skills into their content area, and practice teaching these new lessons. SPARCS is open to teachers from all content areas, and no experience with computer science is needed.
Nebraska GenCyber Camp - High School Teachers
Our country's national and economic security is highly dependent upon a strong cybersecurity workforce. Despite this need, according to Bureau of Labor statistics, there are currently close to 286,000 unfilled cybersecurity job openings. This shortfall of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce has left national agencies and corporations scrambling to meet security needs. Unfortunately, current secondary school curricula across the country, and in Nebraska, leave students and educators with minimal or no exposure to cybersecurity topics. Addressing this need, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will partner with Bellevue University to offer the 2018 Nebraska GenCyber Camp (NGC) for local middle and high school students (grades 8 to 10) and educators in any discipline from around the area and country. This year's theme involves building and tinkering with devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Students and teachers will get to make IoT apps, break them to learn about the security vulnerabilities, and then tweak them to make them safer and more secure. Students will get to talk to real security professionals, investigate cybersecurity careers, and learn skills that real practitioners use. Several demos and hands-on activities will feature wireless drones and IoT apps that collect sensor data and upload it online. There will also be a large capture the flag competition for students and teachers on the last day of camp. In addition to these activities, teacher participants will also get out-of-the-box curricula to integrate IoT and cybersecurity topics into their own classrooms. We will have professional expert teachers on hand to provide feedback and help take the lessons learned from camp back to their own school districts and classrooms around the country.
NGC is free for all, thanks to grant provided jointly by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Find out more about Nebraska GenCyber 2018 at nebraskagencyber.com
WRIST: Wearable Research for In-Service STEM Teachers (RET) - High School Teachers
The objective of the WRIST RET site program is to engage high school technology and STEM teachers in cutting-edge research projects in wearable computing and related areas. The program consists of a six-week immersive summer research experience under direct faculty mentorship. Teachers can select from a variety of projects ranging from activity recognition using a wrist accelerometer, to software engineering principles for wearable application development, to computational wearables in fashion. Teachers will use their results to design an innovative lesson, which they will present at a one-day spring workshop. Learn More.
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