Disney and X-Prize are hosting a Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge. The six winners of this challenge will each receive an amazing prize package that includes: a $3,000 check, a 3D printer from 3D Systems™, an IMAX theatre experience for up to 10 people, free registration for FIRST® LEGO® League, an annual subscription to Tales2Go®, a once in a lifetime mentorship experience in June 2015, and more.
Apple just announced their Worldwide Developers Conference for the week of June 8. They’re offering scholarships to the conference for members and alumni of our organization, and we encourage you to apply. Learn more about WWDC 2015 Scholarships at developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/.
- Scholarships are open to members of various STEM organizations who are 13 years of age or older.
Scratch Day is a global network of events that celebrates Scratch — and the young people who code and create with it. During Scratch Day, kids and adults gather to share projects and learn from one another. This year’s Scratch Day is May 9, 2015 — but you can organize a Scratch Day any day. Consider hosting a Scratch Day in your community! The new site lets you post events and search/browse for events in your community and also includes new resources for hosts (sample agendas, activity ideas, etc.).
The Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) is sponsoring four K-12 STEM summer opportunities. Please feel free to pass this information along to your students, their parents and any of your friends and family who may have students eligible to participate. You can find more information about all of these programs via our STEM website.
Code.org K-5 Workshops
Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing - at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.
Learn about 3D printing and how to use Computer Automated Design, or CAD, to create your own designs! We'll be meeting at AdRoll, a software company in San Francisco, from 5:30 to 7:30 (some girls stay until 9, but that's up to you!). You'll have the opportunity to speak with software engineers and learn more about some AdRoll-specific programming, including the magic of cookies (not the ones you eat) and advertising bots.
Please submit an original creation (artwork, code, writing, letter, poetry, photograph, etc.) to be included in scrapbooks honoring the two 2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winners, Dr. Christine Darden and Katherine Johnson! They will be presented with the commemorative scrapbooks at the NCWIT Summit, May 19-21, 2015 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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Girls in Technology gives middle school girls the opportunity to meet other girls who share their interest in computer science as they learn the basics of computing, utilizing CS Unplugged, Scratch and other programming environments. They will participate in Career Discovery Day and hear guest speakers discuss the role of women in computer fields.