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Last Updated: 09/08/2023

Much Ado About K-12 Computer Science (for ELA Teachers)

Tom Lynch has a YouTube series on Much Ado About K-12 Computer Science: A Crash Course for Middle and High School ELA and English Teachers - Reading with literary data might sound unusual, but in fact letters and numbers go hand in hand. In this video, Tom introduces his PLOTS framework via a fun activity in which viewers analyze a book they have probably read (or at least heard of!) using....literary data! You'll be amazed to see how a simple set of numbers and charts can conjure up insightful questions about characters, plot twists, and more. Tom will also go over some tips and tools you can use throughout the course.

Much Ado About K-12 Computer Science

HS Cyber Challenge on 10/19/23 (Students)

The 2023 Michigan Governor’s HS Cyber Challenge is open for registration. This summer, all Michigan HS students are invited to participate in a series of challenges designed to test their knowledge of cybersecurity, computer science, and information technology. These challenges are entirely FREE!

To learn more and to register -

Modern Figures Podcast (Students, Educators, Counselors)

Modern Figures Podcast guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. Geared toward women of color in STEM, especially high school and college students, the podcast also highlights the interestingly relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing.

To listen to the podcast, visit Apple iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Stitcher. Find out more and subscribe at:

Lawrence Technological University STEAM Events, Summer Camps, and Robotics (Students)

Committed to the metro Detroit community and its diverse populations, Lawrence Tech offers educational and enrichment opportunities to middle and high school students, teachers, and businesses.

To find out more - Community K-12 Programs

Boys & Girls Club Southeastern Michigan (Students)

Since 1926, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan continues to be that safe space for youth to learn and have fun, while providing them with the economic, cultural and social capital needed to become career, start up and homeowner ready.

There are opportunities to engage with computer science through the BGCSM. Find out more - Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

Youth Voices (Students in grades 7-12)

Supporting Young Creators, such as filmmakers, movie stars, changemakers. We want to promote your original works and provide opportunities to make your voice heard.

Find out how you can get involved at Youth Voices - Michigan Learning Channel.

MCWT Programs (K-12 Educators)

Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) is on a mission to help women consider, advance and stay in tech. We work to broadly reach young girls to get them to consider technology and deeply connect with women who choose the Technology path. Learn more about their programs - Programs / Michigan council of women in technology foundation.

Michigan CS PLN May Newsletter (Educators)

Monthly updates on events and happenings around CS in Michigan -)K12 Computer Science PLN - May 2023 Newsletter (

Family Code Night (for K-5 Schools)

Want a fun way to engage families with coding? Try a Family Code Night. CS is Elementary will provide a kit for your school/district to have a successful one-hour evening event for K-5 families at your school.

Learn more - Family Code Night

GET-IT Cyber Challenge (HS Students)

The GET-IT Cyber Challenge provides female high school students a unique opportunity to grow in their understanding of the technologies, processes and practices designed to protect data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.  

During this free, 11-week, self-paced hybrid program, students will build skills relevant to this continuously evolving field of Cyber Security. The challenge concludes with an in-person finals day competition.

For more details - GET-IT CYBER CHALLENGE / Michigan council of women in technology foundation (

Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge (for Educators to use with 4th grade and up)

Bring real-world industry to your classroom this fall! In this free, three-hour virtual learning experience students learn the basics of computer science while uncovering the miraculous ways goods are delivered at Amazon.

Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge - CoderZ

Free Virtual Robotics Learning Modules (for Educators)

Amazon Future Engineer teamed up with CoderZ to provide 1,000 Title 1 schools across the United States with free access to our virtual robotics learning modules! - Check out the Scholarships Tab

CSEducation Research Chat (for Educators)

A place for K12 CS educators passionate about implementing research-based best practices in their classrooms. Weekly Twitter Chats each Monday 7:30 - 8:30 ET

CS Education Research Chat (@talkcsed) / Twitter

#CSK8 Podcast (for Educators)

The #CSK8 Podcast has over 150 episodes that explores research, experiences, and perspectives on computer science education with a focus on grades K-8. My hope is to support and promote the #CSK8 and #CSforALL community members by interviewing guests and unpacking scholarship in relation to computer science education.

#CSK8 Podcast — Jared O'Leary //Multiplicity

HelloWorld Magazine and Podcast (for Educators)

To subscribe visit: and select the Digital Free version.

HelloWorld Podcast: Hello World (

Start a Code Club (for Educators or Other Volunteers)

Code Club provides free projects and resources for you to run a Code Club for children aged 9-13 in your school.

You don’t need to have coding knowledge to run a club. Using our step-by-step project guides for Scratch, Python and HTML/CSS is a great way to learn skills and build coding confidence for both you and your students.

You can choose to run the club by yourself, or if you’d like some help, you can advertise for volunteers in your local area through our website.

Visit this link for more information - Start a Code Club at your school

Advising for Future-Ready Careers - C4C Monthly Webinar (for Counselors)

Advising for Future-Ready Careers is a monthly webinar series, hosted by NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C), providing information and resources to help counselors join the front line of the computing conversation. This webinar series is free and open to the public, ages 16 and up - geared toward School Counselors, Educators, graduate students, and those in school advising roles.

Look for the next Advising for Future-Ready Career Webinar or find archived events:

National Cyber Scholarship Program - CyberStart America

Free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry and to up their digital skills.

CyberStart America gives free access to an online game that provides a fun, accessible gateway for high school students to explore their cybersecurity skills, and learn about the cyber industry and careers. Professional Learning (for Educators)

Applications are now open for’s Professional Learning Program for middle and high school educators! If you’re interested in teaching computer science for the 2022-2023 academic year, this is your time to explore CS curriculum and collaborate with educators of all experience levels to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies.

Hosted by highly trained facilitators, our professional development workshops will prepare you to confidently bring CS to your students as well as connect with an online and in-person community of peers. Scholarship funding is available for most workshops!

New this year: Computer Science A professional learning has arrived! For teachers looking for support in teaching CSA in the 2022-23 school year, find a professional learning program near you.

In Michigan, find more information about workshops at MI-CODING.

Army Educational Outreach Program (for Students and Educators)

Our programs are designed to spark interest in STEM and clear the path to fulfilling STEM studies and careers. There are activities, competitions, apprenticeships & fellowships, and scholarships & grants.

Find out more:

Calling All Girls (for Students)

Have a coding story to share? In partnership with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), BootUp PD is launching a video series "For Girls, By Girls," spotlighting girls and young women doing amazing things in tech and beyond. Our two young co-hosts, Nyla and Tera, call all girls in STEM and beyond to join them for a Zoom chat to share stories and remarkable experiences.

For more information, visit or contact

To submit a coding story: Calling All Girls! (

American Computer Science League (K-12 Students with an Advisor)

ACSL offers multiple divisions, providing an appropriate challenge for students of varying ages and abilities.

For more information: American Computer Science League

TechGirlz (HS Student Volunteers)

Are you interested in starting a club at your High School? It's super fun and TechGirlz can help!

As a High School student you can start your very own club with a mission of leading TechGirlz workshops at local middle schools and libraries (virtual or in-person!). Sound fun? Fill out this form to get started!

UTeach CS Micro-credential (for Educators)

We provide free micro-credentials on a variety of research-backed skills. Micro-credentials allow you to personalize your learning and highlight the competency-based skills you've developed.

Here are some of the Instructional Strategies for Computer Science:

Here are the Computer Programming and Debugging options:

NOTE: Michigan Department of Education does not currently recognize micro-credentials as a replacement for certification. In addition, there is no CS certification available. Questions, email Cheryl Wilson,

For more information: UTeach CS + Codio Micro-credential

Carnegie Mellon CS Academy (for Teachers)

Carnegie Mellon offers FREE curriculum and PD for 3 different CS Courses: CS 0, CS 1, and AP CSP (MS through HS)

Professional Development | CMU CS Academy - learn more about PD opportunities

CISCO Cyber Defense Clinic (for Educators)

Paths to hands-on cyber threat learning

Ready for a hands-on experience that teaches why you need security solutions? We have labs with topics that include ransomware, web exploitation, and insider threat defense. Technologies include Cisco, Splunk, Radware, IBM, and Rapid7.

Request a lab now

Gain first-hand knowledge on cyber attack and defense concepts, including ransomware, phishing, hacking tools, breach detection, incident response, and the latest defense technologies.

Request to run an event

High school teachers, university professors, and others who educate the future IT professionals: Put in a request to host a cyber defense clinic for your organization.

CISCO Networking Academy (for Teachers)

Prepare students with marketable skills for successful and lucrative careers and fulfill the demands of the business community. Professional development is free and they provide a free curriculum for Courses (for grades 8-12).

More information for Educators

Resources for grades 4-6 Home | Global Problem Solvers (

CISCO Networking Academy (for Students)

Students can explore career and free course options that are available from CISCO’s Networking Academy that are connected to computer science opportunities.

Link to explore CISCO Networking Academy

Virtual Field Trips and Other Opportunities (for Students and Educators)

From our online store to your doorstep, discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering, and incredible people deliver customer orders at Amazon.

Information about Virtual Field Trips at Amazon

Register for Field Trip

Cyber Robotics Challenge (Ages 9-19) Sign up for a fun, free, three-hour virtual challenge where students can code an Amazon Hercules robot.

Class Chats (Ages 10-19) Invite an Amazon employee to your (virtual) classroom to deliver a virtual career talk about working in tech.

Your Voice is Power (Ages 12-19) An inspiring new learning experience that explores the ways music, computer science, and entrepreneurship can be tools to advance racial equity.

CS50’s Introduction to Programming with Scratch (for Educators)

Harvard will offer a new online course, "Introduction to Programming with Scratch," which will start on April 30, 2021. It's a self-paced course, and it's also free! Check out the link below to sign up! It is offered through edX. This is a self-paced course that would be a great introduction for any educator with no computer programming experience.

Introduction to Computer Science Standards (for Educators)

Michigan Virtual has an introductory course for educators to engage with Michigan Computer Science Standards and explore how they can be implemented in any classroom. There is an Elementary, Middle School, and High School course. Earn 3 free SCECHs while taking this self-paced course. Sign up today!

Click this link for more information.