Register now for CSPDWeek • July 20-24,2020!

Registration is now open for SC's Inaugural CSPDWeek.
Choose from 10 different CS workshops!
More information is below in this email.
Distance Learning Support
As education makes a pivotal shift to distance learning, CSTA South Carolina is here to support you. If you need any support during this time, please reach out to our officers.
Jennifer Albert at The Citadel has compiled these online resources to assist you with your transition to distance learning:
Click Computer Science in the Table of Contents or browse for whatever you need.
Use #CSedSC on Twitter to share all the great CS things you're up to!
Additionally, The Citadel has a "Slack Channel" (similar to an updated instant messenger+blog) to support teachers, schools, and districts implementing Computer Science courses so we can crowdsource help.  Please join the Citadel STEM Center Slack and then add the #computerscience channel.
State Updates for Computer Science
The SC Department of Education (SCDE) has developed the Computer Science Q & A web page to assist teachers and administrators with up-to-date information about CS. If you have additional questions, please contact Andrew Cook at
Earlier this school year, the SCDE released the Fall 2018 Computer Science Planning Committee document. This document contains recommendations provided to the SCDE for moving forward with computer science initiatives.
The CSTA South Carolina FAQ page is a great place to get up-to-date information about all things CS in the state of South Carolina. It has been recently been updated. 
Chapter News
Register now for CSPDWeek • July 20-24, 2020!
Choose from 10 different CS workshops for teachers of all grades and prior-experience levels. Invite your administrator, counselors and district leadership to attend a workshop specifically for them!

South Carolina’s inaugural CSPDWeek is brought to you by CSTA South Carolina, national nonprofit and their Regional Partner, The Citadel, and the SCDE CTE Office. We are looking forward to hosting hundreds of SC K-12 educators to join us for a week of CS PD this summer.

SC K-12 educators can choose one, week-long, PD workshop and earn a 30-hour, state-recognized PD experience in computer science. Additionally, CSPDWeek will provide a great deal of networking and fun for participants!

Location:  The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Date & Time:  July 20-24, 2020 • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Registration Fee: $50

Register Now

Workshop Catalog

CSTA 2020 - Going Virtual
The National CSTA team has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the health and safety of our membership is our number one priority. After much consideration, we’ve decided to transition the 2020 CSTA Annual Conference to a virtual conference!
We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the CSTA 2020 transition on our website, which will serve as our hub for the most up-to-date information. Please refer to those FAQs for details on your specific event ticket. 
If you’ve previously registered for the conference, received a scholarship, or are a conference presenter or partner please look out for another email from the CSTA team later today with additional information specific to your situation. 
While the format may be different, we look forward to a great virtual conference — still created by teachers, for teachers — and can’t wait for you to join us the week of July 13, 2020. Registration will re-open in late April and we’ll be sharing more details with you in the coming weeks. 
Be well and thank you for your continued support of CSTA, 
Jake Baskin 
CSTA Executive Director
Makeblock mBlock Training

Makeblock has launched their education project, Makeblock STEAM On Board. We aim to help educators all over the world open the door to STEAM education and Computer Science with our top-notch hardware and software solutions.

The first phase of this new program will be 100% online. We know our teachers and parents are in need of easy to implement teaching resources NOW! To assist with distance learning, Makeblock created a digital curriculum that does not require hardware. Meeting CSTA & ISTE standards, we aim to create access to computer science and coding. This program is designed for you, the teacher or parent to join, watch, learn, and then share in the future with your students.

Over the next 8 weeks we will explore a set of activities that focus on developing basic programming skills, design skills and creative problem solving skills. 


Join Makeblock and GET ON BOARD with STEAM

Click the link below to sign up! After registration, you will be able to download your free coding resources!
You will receive follow up information later regarding your local live training webinar schedule. 

Get FREE Resources Now


Java Workshops from Oracle Academy
The Oracle Academy is offering virtual Java Fundamentals courses this summer. Learn more about these great workshops.
The Oracle Academy is offering virtual Java Fundamentals courses this summer.  An outline of the workshop is here:
The dates of the available Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals virtual courses are:
  • June 15th – July 3rd, Monday – Friday, 2pm – 4pm ET
  • July 20th – Aug 7th, Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm ET
These workshops will be added to The Oracle Academy website and teachers will be able to register online.  Teachers must have an institutional membership (it’s free) to register for training.  The instructions for Oracle Academy membership are here:
For additional information, please contact:
Denise Hobbs, Regional Director, North America
Mobile: 505.818.8897
Oracle Academy –
Albuquerque, NM
EBS Conference • June 22-25, 2020

2020 Education and Business Summit 

Registration for the 2020 Education and Business Summit in Greenville is OPEN

Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25!

Interested in presenting a session?

Submit a proposal by March 1st.

Register early by March 31 to receive the best possible registration fee.

Visit the 2020 EBS Website for more informaiton.

 Questions - Please contact Jakki Wiseman