October 2018

Hello Teachers with GUTS,
It's turning cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and we are well into the swing of the academic year!  Thanks again for your commitment to learn and offer Project GUTS activities in your classrooms. We've heard about many successful implementations of Module 1 since the school year began.  Keep up the great work engaging your students in the scientific practices of modeling and simulation, data collection and analysis and computational thinking!

Join us for the October 20th Webinar

This will be our second in a set of school year webinars.  Each webinar will offer helpful tips and skill building practice in StarLogo Nova to support your implementation of the Project GUTS CS in Science curriculum.  This month please join us on Saturday October 20th, at 1pm Eastern to learn more about facilitating students' debugging and problem solving in StarLogo Nova.  We'll be hosting the webinar as a Zoom conference. Join us at - you'll also need to be logged in to the website.

The dates and topics of the future webinars are:
  • October 20, 2018 – Facilitating Students' Debugging and Problem Solving (this one!)
  • December 15, 2018 – to be announced
  • January 19, 2019 – to be announced
  • March 23, 2019 – to be announced
  • April 20, 2019 – to be announced
A recording of last month's webinar on Troubleshooting and Debugging is posted at:

Project GUTS joins NMSI partnership!

Project GUTS was announced as a partner in the NMSI (National Math & Science Institute) Coalition at the National CSforAll Summit on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. As a part of a coalition of programs (including UTeach Computer Science, Bootstrap, Exploring Computer Science, MIT App Inventor, Mobile CSP, NCWIT, and Project GUTS) we will seek to work with school districts through NMSI's network to incorporate computer science into lessons across classes and grade levels.

Three TX school districts (around San Antonio) will be the pilot sites for a 3 year PD program with funding from the O'Donnell Foundation of Dallas. The Coalition's support for schools will launch in 2019. It will start with training for teachers in three San Antonio districts that participate in NMSI’s College Readiness Program. NMSI’s ultimate goal is to expand the program nationally through their College Readiness Program network (1,000 public high schools across 34 states).

See the announcement video featuring GUTS facilitator extraordinaire, Miriam (Mimi) Niebla!  And a big shout out to Chris Dovi of CodeVA for representing Project GUTS at the Summit.


Project GUTS featured in NSTA's Science Scope

Raja Ridgway of Relay Graduate School of Education wrote a wonderful article on Project GUTS for the October issue of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)'s magazine "Science Scope".  In the column on "Integration Ideas" Raja described Project GUTS' curriculum, activities, and professional development offerings then he gave readers tips on how to get started. The article concludes with a call to action in a section called "why should I do this?"

Here's a quote: "With Project GUTS, you now have the curricula resources to transition from simply using computer simulations to modifying and creating them. You’ve also got access to a community of like-minded educators who are integrating CS into their classrooms."

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