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Attracting High School Students to Careers in Tech

Posted By Cyrus Martin, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CTA's Foundation is deep into it's third school year partnering with the Denver Public Schools to get businesses and their employees plugged into the various Career Connect opportunities that specifically support the 832 students enrolled in the TechConnect plan of study at their high school.  Businesses can connect with students and teachers through these programs:

- Career X where a business hosts a 3-hr job shadow for a group of 10-30 9th grade students

- Career Coach where employees meet with a 10th grader 3 times a month over the school year

- Career Collaborate where a business presents 11th graders with a real-world problem from their business for the students to work over the semester

- Career Launch where businesses hire 11th and 12th grade students into summer internships.

- Advisory Board Summits where businesses work with teachers to bring the needs of industry into curriculum through project-based learning

Over 30 organizations have supported students in TechConnect since 2014 and have found the experience to be highly rewarding.  Contact to learn more.

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Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, October 29, 2015

FIRST® LEGO® League Introduces students ages 9-14 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

FIRST LEGO League Competition Volunteers:
■ Help kids discover the fun in science and technology
■ Have a positive impact on the lives of children
■ Are inspired and energized through their participation
■ Generally, commit a full day of time to making the LEGO League competition a success (time depends on role)
■ Are provided with training, breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt
■ Perform activities like setup, check-in, refereeing, judging, queuing, scorekeeping, AV, and cleanup
■ Make new friends with like-minded people
■ Volunteer together with friends, family, and colleagues
■ Have fun!

How to volunteer for a Colorado FIRST LEGO League Competition.  Choose an event(s):
■ Sunday, 11/08/2015 - East Denver Metro Qualifier, East High School, Denver
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - South East Metro Denver Qualifier, Campus Middle School, Greenwood Village
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Monarch Qualifier, Monarch High School, Louisville
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Mountain League Qualifier, Aspen Middle School, Aspen
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Poudre Qualifier, Poudre High School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Southern Colorado Qualifier, Discovery Canyon Middle School, Colorado Springs
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Liberty Qualifier, Liberty Common School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - North Metro Denver Qualifier, Woodrow Wilson Academy, Westminster
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Preston Qualifier, Preston Middle School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Aurora Qualifier, Lotus School of Excellence, Aurora
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Weld County Qualifier, Heath Middle School, Greeley
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Grand Junction Qualifier, Central High School, Grand Junction

 ■ Register as a volunteer with FIRST - (If you need
help, there is a user guide available through this link).
 ■ When asked to choose a program, choose FLL (FIRST LEGO League) and
then choose Colorado to find the event list (same as above).
 ■ Select the event you want to volunteer for and then choose the role(s) you
are interested in at the event and your availability. We especially need judges –
this doesn’t require special skills and there is online training.
 ■ You will hear from a volunteer coordinator confirming your assignment close
to the date of the event you volunteered for.

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Global MindED Conference

Posted By Alexandra West, Colorado Technology Foundation, Thursday, January 22, 2015

The GlobalMindED Conference is a Denver-based organization bringing together students, educators, policymakers, business professionals, and thought leaders from around the world to share innovative best practices.


As a leader in technology, we invite you to be a part of the GlobalMindED Conference. This is a unique opportunity to promote your company’s efforts and get direct feedback to inform your own tools and technology. In addition, this conference may provide a platform for recruiting outstanding first-generation-to-college students who will be in attendance.


This innovative education conference:

  • Brings national and international perspectives and best practices to a global stage.
  • Features experts from across industries to promote a deeper understanding of education as an economic driver.
  • Engages student leaders to solve education’s biggest problems and present best solutions to conference-goers.
  • Establishes important networks and connections among education leaders.

Experts will facilitate sessions to challenge traditional ideas and generate possibilities around the following conference tracks:

  • K12
  • Higher Education
  • Global Work Skills
  • STEM
  • Students
  • Policy
  • Technology 

Participants will leave the conference with a new community of connections, blueprints for innovative ideas, and a perspective to inspire and deliver the best outcomes possible for today’s students, graduates, and leaders in business and technology. We hope you will consider joining this unique conference. To learn more and register, please visit Early-bird registration ends February 1, 2015.

Conference Details

June 18-19, 2015 (optional pre-conference June 17)

Denver Marriott City Center

1701 California Street

Denver, CO 80202

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Inspiring a STEM Future

Posted By Nikki Baird, Friday, December 19, 2014

I am the parent of a terminal engineer. You may recognize him, actually, either in yourself or in your own kids. His name is Corbin. He's thirteen. In those thirteen short years, he has taken to Legos about as easily as he took to breathing, he has taken out a car window with a vinegar and baking soda rocket, he has (with his co-conspirator friends) disassembled a home phone (without permission and then was unable to put it back together), and with those same friends built a "rocket sled" out of an old recliner, a set of old skis and a giant fan. Sound familiar?

However, it didn't all come together for him until last year, when he joined BEST Robotics through the Rocky Mountain BEST Hub. BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is probably the coolest after-school program I've ever seen. It's part Robot Wars, part chess match, part Junior Achievement, and part real-world business experience.

Teams of middle and high school students are set a specific challenge, given kits of both consumable and returnable materials (there is no entry fee), and have six weeks to design and build a robot that solves the challenge set. At the same time, some teams can opt in to pursue the "BEST Award" where they also design a company, create and execute a marketing program, including a presentation about their company and a 10-foot square exhibit, and try to convince a panel of judges to "buy" their robot. 

I have to be honest, I've seen competitions and projects of all kinds, but there is nothing quite like the thrill of a BEST competition. I sort of backed into my own tech career by accident. If I'd had an opportunity like this, my life might have turned out much differently.

It has certainly made an impact on my son, so much so that I'm now part of an organization that is dedicated to expanding the opportunity that BEST brings to STEM education in Colorado. My goal is to inspire the future career choices of as many Colorado kids as we can reach, so that maybe they can have the opportunities that I did not.

We're doing this through Front Range BEST, what will hopefully become a second BEST hub in Colorado. We're just getting off the ground and we've got our sights set high: Add 12 more school teams in Colorado for the 2015 season, which means raising $28,000 in the next six months.

My objective here is simple: to inspire you to help kids find STEM careers. We all know the challenges – the skills gap in STEM disciplines, the opportunities those jobs can provide. Will you help us play a role in bridging that gap? 


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Colorado Technology Foundation Participating in Colorado Gives Day

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, November 13, 2014

In August, the Colorado Technology Association unveiled it's new Foundation.

The Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF) is a Rose Community Foundation 501(c)3 fund.

Colorado is at a critical juncture where the growth of technology jobs across sectors is accelerating, yet our ability to develop more IT leaders is not keeping up to demand in the marketplace. The CTF will exist to deliver on this talent building well into the future, fueling Colorado’s economy through technology.

We are grateful to be participating in Colorado Gives Day - our first time - and ask you to

please donate today

as well as spreading the word to your colleagues about this new opportunity to support the building of the tech talent pipeline in Colorado.


We thank you in advance for your support.


Wendy Nkomo, Executive Director

Alexandra West, Director

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Colorado Showing Up - Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, November 13, 2014

Congratulations and thank you to all of the Colorado organizations below that have signed up to participate in Colorado's Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week Dec 8-15! 

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this.

In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.

Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students.

In Colorado

Air Academy High School (U.S. Air Force Academy)
Alamosa Elementary School 3-5 (Alamosa)
Alexander Dawson School (Lafayette)
All Souls Catholic School (Englewood)
Allendale Elementary (Arvada)
Alpine Elementary School (Longmont)
American Academy (Parker)
Anythink Huron Street Library (Thornton)
Anythink Perl Mack (Public library in Denver) (Denver)
Anythink York Street (Thornton)
Arrowwood Elementary (Littleton)
Aspen Creek K-8 (Broomfield)
Aspen Creek PK-8 (Broomfield)
Aspen Elementary School (Aspen)
Aspen Ridge Preparatory School (Erie)
Aspen Ridge Preparatory School- Ms. Sasser's Kindergarten class (Erie)
Aurora Public Library (Aurora)
Aurora Quest K-8 (Aurora)
Aurora Quest k-8 (Aurora)
B. F. Kitchen Elementary (Loveland)
BVSD (Boulder)
Bayfield Middle School, Bayfield, CO (Bayfield)
Bear Canyon Elementary (Littleton)
Bear Creek Elementary School (Boulder)
Bear Creek Elementary School Boulder Valley School District (Boulder)
Bemis Public Library (Littleton)
Ben Franklin Academy (Highlands Ranch)
Berthoud Elementary School (Berthoud)
Berthoud High School (Berthoud)
Big Thompson Elementary School (Loveland)
Bill Reed Middle School (Loveland)
Birch Elementary School (Broomfield)
Blevins Middle School (Fort Collins)
Blue Mountain Elementary School (Longmont)
Bollman Technical Education Center (Denver)
Bollman Technical Education Center (Thornton)
Boulder Country Day (Boulder)
Boulder Preschoolers (Boulder)
Boulder Valley Schools (Boulder)
Brighton High School (Brighton)
Bromley East Charter School (Brighton)
Broomfield Academy (Broomfield)
Bud Werner Memorial Library (Steamboat Springs)
Buena Vista Elementary School (Colorado Springs)
Buffalo Ridge Elementary (Castle Rock)
CEC Middle College of Denver, Denver Public Schools (Sheridan)
Campion Academy (Loveland)
Carbondale Branch Library (Carbondale)
Carrie Martin Elementary (Loveland)
Centauri High School (La Jara)
Centaurus High School (Lafayette)
Centennial Middle School (Boulder)
Challenge School (Denver)
Challenge to Excellence Charter School (Parker)
Charles Hay World School (Englewood)
Chatfield Senior High School (Littleton)
Cherokee Trail Elementayr (Parker)
Cherry Hills Village Elementary (Englewood)
Cimarron Elementary (Aurora)
Clear Sky Elementary (Castle Rock)
Clear Sky Elementary School (Castle Rock)
Clyde Miller P-8 (Aurora)
Collegiate Academy of Colorado (Littleton)
Colorado Academy (Denver)
Colorado West Christian School (Montrose)
Columbine Elementary (Fort Morgan)
Columbine Elementary School (Boulder)
Compass Montessori School (Golden)
Connie's Classroom (Frisco)
Cottonwood Plains Elementary School; Thompson School District (Fort Collins)
Coyote Hills Elementary (Aurora)
Coyote Ridge Elementary (Fort Collins)
Coyote Ridge Elementary School (Fort Collins)
Crowley County School District (Ordway)
Crown Pointe Academy (Westminster)
Crown Pointe (Westminster)
Custer County School (Westcliffe)
DSST: Conservatory Green Middle School (Denver)
Dakota Valley Elementary (Aurora)
DeLalio (Boulder)
Denver Academy (Denver)
Denver Montessori Jr/High School (Denver)
Denver Public Library GVR Branch (Denver)
Denver Public Schools (Denver)
Denver Public Schools - Edison Elementary and Bromwell Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
Denver School of Science and Technology (Denver)
Denver Street School (Denver)
Discovery Canyon Middle School (Colorado Springs)
Douglass Elementary (Boulder)
Dove Creek High School (Dove Creek)
Eagle Ridge Elementary (Lone Tree)
East Grand Middle School (Granby)
Eisenhower Elementary (Boulder)
Eldorado K-8 (Louisville)
Elizabeth Middle School (Elizabeth)
Elk Creek Elementary (Pine)
Erie Community Library (Erie)
Estes Park High School (Estes Park)
Euclid Middle School (Littleton)
Evergreen Middle School (Evergreen)
Fake Middle School (Denver)
Farrell B Howell EC-8 (Denver)
Farrell B. Howell (Denver)
Fireside Elementary (Louisville)
Fireside Elementary School (Louisville)
Flagstaff Academy Charter School (Longmont)
Flynn Elentary School (Westminster)
Foothill elementary Boulder Valley School District (Boulder)
Fountain Middle School (Fountain)
Fox Hollow Elementary (Aurora)
Fraser Valley Elementary (Parshall)
Friends' School (Boulder)
Fruita Monument High School (Fruita)
GOAL Academy (Craig)
GOAL Academy (Pueblo)
GOAL Academy - AEZ (Aurora)
Galileo School of Math and Science (Colorado Springs)
Gardner School (Gardner)
Garfield County Library District, Parachute Branch (Parachute)
Garfield County Public Library District (Rifle)
Glenwood Springs Branch Library (Glenwood Springs)
Global Village Academy (Denver)
Global Village Academy - Northglenn (Denver)
Global Village Academy, Aurora West (Aurora)
Godsman Elementary School (Denver)
Gold Rush Elementary (Parker)
Governor's Ranch Elementary (Littleton)
Governor's Ranch Elementary School (Littleton)
Grand Junction High School (Grand Junction)
Green Mountain Elementary (Denver)
Green Valley Elementary (Denver)
Greenwood Elementary School (Englewood)
Gunnison County Library District (Gunnison)
Gunnison Public Library (Gunnison)
Hamilton Middle School (Denver)
Heatherwood Elementary School (Boulder)
Heiman Elementary (Evans)
Heritage HS (Littleton)
Hi-Plains School District R 23 (Seibert)
High Plains Elementary (Englewood)
Hoehne School (Trinidad)
Holmes Middle School (Colorado Springs)
Home School Academy (Colorado Springs)
Homeschool Group Loveland, CO (Loveland)
Horizon Middle School (Aurora)
Hulstrom K-8 (Northglenn)
IEEE - Computer Society (Denver)
Ignacio Elementary (Ignacio)
Imagine Charter School at Firestone (Firestone)
Indian Ridge Elememtary School (Aurora)
International School of Denver (Denver)
Ivy Stockwell Elementary (Berthoud)
James Irwin Charter High School (Colorado Springs)
Jamestown Elementary School (Jamestown)
Jefferson Academy Elementary School (Broomfield)
Journey Program for Expelled Students (Fort Collins)
K-12 school (Lafayette)
Kent Denver School (Englewood)
Knowledge Quest Academy (Milliken)
Kruse Elementary (Fort Collins)
Lafayette Elementary (Lafayette)
Lake International School (Denver)
Lakewood Senior High School (Evergreen)
Lamar Middle School (Lamar)
Laurene edmondson elementary (Loveland)
Lawrence Elementary (Arvada)
Legacy Academy (Elizabeth)
Lincoln Elementary (Loveland)
Lincoln Middle School (Fort Collins)
Lone Tree Elementary (Lone Tree)
MapQuest (Denver)
Marrama Elementary (Denver)
McMeen (Denver)
McMeen Elementary School (Denver)
Meadow Point Elementary School (Aurora)
Meiklejohn Elementary (Arvada)
Mesa County Libraries (Grand Junction)
Metro State Denver University (Denver)
Mi Casa Resource Center (Denver)
Midland International Elementary School (Colorado Springs)
Mitchell Elem. (Golden)
Moffat County High School (Craig)
Moffat High School (Moffat)
Monarch High School (Louisville)
Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment (Denver)
Morey Middle School (Denver)
Mount Garfield Middle School (Palisade)
Mountain Ridge (Golden)
Mountain View Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Mullen High School (Denver)
Munroe Eleementary (Denver)
Munroe Elementary (Denver)
Needham Elementary (Durango)
New America School, Thornton (Denver)
New Castle Branch Library (Carbondale)
Normandy Elementary (Littleton)
North Arvada Middle School (Arvada)
North Mor Elementary (Northglenn)
North Valley School for Young Adults (Denver)
Northglenn High School (Northglenn)
Northglenn Middle School (Northglenn)
Norwood High School (Norwood)
Norwood Public School (Norwood)
Olathe High School (Olathe)
Olathe Middle High School (Olathe)
Old Rock Community Library (Crested Butte)
OpenWorld Learning (Aurora)
Organizzato in luogo diverso da una scuola (Littleton)
Otter Creek Middle School (Denver)
Overland High School (Aurora)
Overland Trail MS (Brighton)
Overland Trail MS/SD27J (Brighton)
PCE (Parker)
Palmer High School (Colorado Springs)
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School (Aurora)
Parmalee Elementary School (Indian Hills)
Pearson (Englewood)
Pine Grove Elementary (Parker)
Pinnacle Charter School (Federal Heights)
Place Bridge Academy Annex (Denver)
Platte Valley High School (Kersey)
Platte Valley Middle School (Kersey)
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School -middle level (Fort Collins)
Polaris at Ebert Elementary School (Denver)
Polton Community Elementary School (Aurora)
Ponderosa Elementary School (Aurora)
Poudre River Public Library (Fort Collins)
Prairie Winds Elementary (Monument)
Prairie Winds Elementary School (Monument)
Preston Middle School (Fort Collins)
Prospect Ridge Academy (Broomfield)
Rampart High School (Colorado Springs)
Range View Elementary (Windsor)
Rangeview High School (Aurora)
Red Hawk Ridge Elementary (Centennial)
Redstone Elementary School (Littleton)
Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School (Castle Rock)
Rockrimmon Elementary School (Colorado Springs)
Rocky Heights Middle School (Lone Tree)
Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen (Evergreen)
Rocky Mountain H.S. (Fort Collins)
Rolling Hills Elem (Aurora)
Rolling Hills Elementary (Aurora)
Ryan Elementary (Westminster)
SOROCO High School (Oak Creek)
STEM Launch (Thornton)
STEM Launch K-8 (Thornton)
STEM Magnet Lab (Thornton)
STEM Magnet Lab (Northglenn)
STEM Magnet Lab School (Northglenn)
STEM School & Academy (Highlands Ranch)
STRIVE Preparatory Schools (Denver)
Sabin Middle School (Colorado Springs)
Sabin World Elementary School (Denver)
Scott Elementary School (Colorado Springs)
Secrest Elementary (Arvada)
Severance Middle School (Windsor)
Shelton Elementary (Golden)
Sierra Elementary (Arvada)
Sierra Middle School (Parker)
Silt Branch Library (Silt)
Silver Creek Elementary (Brighton)
Silverton Public School (Silverton)
Skyview Academy (Littleton)
Skyview Elementary (Thornton)
Skyview Elementary School (Thornton)
Skyview School of STEM (Windsor)
Slavens K-8 School (Denver)
Soaring Hawk Elementary (Castle Rock)
Soda Creek Elementary (Steamboat Springs)
South Park High School (Hartsel)
South Routt Elementary (Meeker)
Southeast Christian School (Parker)
Southern Hills (Boulder)
Southern Hills Middle School (Boulder)
SouthernHills Middle Boulder Co 80305 (Boulder)
St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Longmont)
St. Paul Catholic School - Pauline Memorial (Colorado Springs)
Steamboat Springs High School (Steamboat Springs)
Stein Elementary (Denver)
Stem School and Academy (Littleton)
Strawberry Park Elementary (Steamboat Springs)
Swansea Elementary School (Denver)
Tavelli Elementary School (Fort Collins)
Telluride Intermediate School (Telluride)
The Academy (Westminster)
The Academy k-2 (Denver)
Thompson School District (Loveland)
Thompson School District, Ponderosa Elementary School (Loveland)
Timber Trail (Castle Rock)
Tozer Primary School (Windsor)
Trail Ridge Middle School (Longmont)
Trailblazer Elementary (Colorado Springs)
University Park Elementary (Denver)
University Schools (Greeley)
University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder)
Ute Pass Elementary (Manitou Springs)
Ute Pass Elementary (Cascade-Chipita Park)
Vail Mountain School (Vail)
Van Buren Elementary School (Loveland)
Village East Elementary (Aurora)
Vineland Middle School (Pueblo)
Walt Clark Middle School (Loveland)
Warren Tech High School (Lakewood)
Welby Montessori School (Denver)
Weld RE-4 School District; Windsor/Severance Colorado (Windsor)
West Jefferson Elementary School (Conifer)
West Leadership Academy (Denver)
West Middle School (Grand Junction)
West Woods Elementary School (Arvada)
Westgate Elementary (Denver)
Westminster High School (Westminster)
Wilmot Elementary (Evergreen)
Windsor Middle School (Windsor)
Winona Elementary School (Loveland)
Woodland Park Middle School (Woodland Park)
Woodmen Hills Elementary School (Peyton)
Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School (Colorado Springs)
Yampa Valley High School (Steamboat Springs)
Zion Lutheran School (Brighton)
aspen middle school (Aspen)
dsst cole ms (Denver)
hallett (Denver)
patriot learning center (Peyton)
summit high school (Frisco)

Learn more:

Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week

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Computer Science - workshops for grades K-5

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Friday, September 26, 2014 workshops for grades K-5

Last week announced the launch of the Code Studio ( platform which includes a free, computer science curriculum for K-5 students. With this new curriculum is hosting free, professional development workshops for teachers interested in bringing this curriculum back to their classrooms. Search now to find a workshop near you (US teachers only).


The workshop will cover content for all 3 courses in our K-5 curriculum and you’ll receive supplies to teach the course in your class - no cost for you! These workshops will be led by experienced K-5 Facilitators in over 60 cities across the United States and are reserved for K-5 educators and content-area teachers (librarians, tech-ed specialists, etc.)

Find a workshop near you and bring this free computer science curriculum to your class.

Learn more about the K-5 curriculum at  

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XperienceSTEM Conference

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, June 26, 2014
The XperienceSTEM conference allows educators to get direct 1st person experiences in STEM learning that are designed to be extraordinary, personally relevant, and operate on intellectual, physical, and emotional levels-- precisely what high quality STEM education looks like. It’shands-on, minds-on, inquiry based learning at its best.

At the conference, we will break down the nature and pedagogy ofthese experiences using a series of powerful yet simpleresearch-based tools that educators can apply in the classroom rightaway. These including tools for the design, improvement, andassessment of experiential STEM learning approaches as well asinformation about how to align experiential learning strategies withNGSS and Common Core. Plus, educators can get academic andcontinuing education credit for this conference.

The conference is small enough that educators have the opportunity toclosely interact with leaders and speakers, including the presidentof the LEGO Foundation, leaders from Discovery Education, REI, GoPro,IBM, Nat Geo, NPR's Story Corps, and yes, even Discovery Channel’s"SurvivorMan" Les Stroud.

But perhaps most significantly, educators will join a community oflike-minded professionals seeking to increase their expertise inproviding relevant, extraordinary, and personally powerful STEM
hands-on learning experiences that will inspire their students in measurable ways

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Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning

Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, effective facilitation strategies and environmental organization.

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About the Course

The Tinkering Fundamentals course will offer educators and enthusiasts an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering and making. We see tinkering as a serious endeavor -- one that is generalizable across content and especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities.

Tinkering has recently been introduced into the educational field as a potential driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation in science learning. It is seen by many as an effective means to engage in exploring STEM concepts, practices and phenomena. Tinkering typically blends the high and low tech tools of science along with a strong aesthetic dimension that supports children's (and adults) self expression. For over a decade, the Exploratorium has been developing science-rich tinkering activities. Working with learning scientists, we have identified a set of design principles and indicators of learning that can help you to integrate tinkering activities into your elementary and middle school science programs. This course will focus on key design elements of high quality science-rich tinkering activities, facilitation strategies, and environmental organization. Selected tinkering activities will be centered around circuits for this course. We will review the ways in which tinkering supports science learning through providing opportunities to deepen engagement, intentionality, innovation, collaboration, and understanding. This course will excite you, inspire you, and get you tinkering in no time.

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Check Out Computer Science Online

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Computer Science Online is a self-funded and non-commercial organization that provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career and developmental information related to the world of computer science. Most recently, we launched a guide about the opportunities for women in the field of computer science. As you may know, women are greatly under-represented in CS, and we set out to produce a resource that helps address this issue and provides resources and tips for women interested in CS.


Here are a few notable resources:

- The Promotion of Women in Computer Science:

- The learning of computer science and coding at a young age. See the "Coding before College" guide:

- Discussion on the advantages of a master's degree in computer science:

- A field that is eager for diversity - a guide for minorities and computer science:

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