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Outreach-in-a-Box: Discovering IT
NCWIT ( National Center for Women & Information Technology ) has created a resource for helping to help people in the Information Technology field to introduce middle-school students to the field of computing. It is now available online. Are you ready to meet and inspire the next generation...
20 Jul 2007
2007 STEM Summit IV: Accelerating Forward (Massachusetts)
If you are in Massachusetts and interested in improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education you will want to be aware of the fourth annual STEM summit being held this October. Registration is now open. I have attended the last several of these and have learned quite a bit. ...
18 Jul 2007
ClubTech - Technology Programs from the Boys and Girls Clubs
Last week I met with someone from the national headquarters of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to learn about their ClubTech programs. These programs are designed to teach young people technical skills and to integrate technology into the core program areas of participating Boys and Girls Clubs....
5 Jul 2007
Computer Science Research Surveys - Please Help
One of the problems the whole field of computer science education faces is a lack of good data. Data on a lot of various subjects. Lack of data makes it hard to understand what is going on and how computer science is taught. And in fact there is a lack of information about why students should study computer...
3 Jul 2007
Weightless Flights of Discovery
Do you know a middle school math or science teacher who would like to experience weightlessness? Well it just might be possible. the Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery program is giving hundreds of teachers and college students who are majoring in education a chance to do just...
2 Jul 2007
DigiGirlz High Technology Camps and Other Microsoft Youth Programs
There are a number of DigiGirlz Camps sponsored by Microsoft coming up this summer. The one in Stony Brook NY (July 24-26, 2007) still has openings but applications must be in by June 18th. So act quickly if interested. Part of the overall DigiGirlz program that is designed to expose more girls to...
11 Jun 2007
Does Personality Matter?
I read a very interesting article in a recent edition of the Communications of the ACM entitled "Does Personality Matter?" The basic idea under discussion was that some personality types are better at debugging code than others. In the tests that were run the authors found that intuitive thinkers found...
22 May 2007
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007
Over at Diane Curtis' blog I read about the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Specifically Diane points out that there are scholarships available for women who are undergraduate or graduate students to attend the conference. What is the conference? The Grace Hopper...
17 May 2007
24th Annual Connecticut Invention Convention
This past Saturday I attended the 24th Annual Connecticut Invention Convention at the University of Connecticut. It was an amazing event where 500 students from kindergarten through eighth grade showed off and explained their inventions to judges. The judges were primarily from industry and a great many...
30 Apr 2007
Girls and Robots
I came across an article on all-girl teams in the FIRST Robotics competition thanks to an email from ACM today. I've talked about FIRST before and I'm a big fan of the program. A lot of people ask about girls and their interest in robotics as if they expect girls not to be interested in them. It seems...
27 Apr 2007
FIRST Robotics - Helping to Promote Science, Technology and Engineering
I spent last Thursday through Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta GA. It was a very exciting time. I am totally convinced that some of the smartest most creative kids in the world are involved in FIRST. I manned a booth for the first two days and talked to several hundred students...
19 Apr 2007
Child Labor AKA Summer Jobs for HS Geeks
It's spring and as we all know when spring comes young people get one thing on their minds - where are they going to work for the summer. OK maybe that is not at the forefront of every student's mind. There are some who want to take the summer off and party. Others will wait until the last minute hoping...
4 Apr 2007
Girls Will Be Girls
Girls Will Be Girls subtitled "good thing" is on a poster in the office of Microsoft Corporate Vice President Debra Chrapaty who was recently interviewed for Channel 9. This is one of the 37 interviews in Channel 9's Women in Technology series . This is a fun interesting interview with a woman who...
2 Apr 2007
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