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Girls Who Code Is Debugging the Tech World

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization with one very simple goal: to bridge the gender gap in the technology industry. One means by which they hope to do so is their Summer Immersion Program, in which young participants get a crash course in basic coding, before building an actual project. GeekWire explains further:

The girls have an opportunity to meet and hear from women working in leadership positions at tech companies, and the students are matched up with a female tech mentor. The mentors ...

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Maker Education Is More Than Fun Activities

While the Maker Movement is certainly gaining traction with students, adoption of making by educational institutions is moving at a far slower pace, according to this piece by Eric Westervelt at nprED:

Schools "are not thinking about it as an instructional tool," says Chris O'Brien, a former teacher who helps schools create maker and project-based learning spaces in New York City. [...]

Schools that embrace making, he says, need to find a thoughtful place for maker projects in the school's curriculum. Otherwise, he warns ...

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Why Isn't Computer Science Catching On in Schools?

A recent report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation reveals that in spite of skyrocketing demand among students and parents, Computer Science remains underrepresented within the standard high school—and even college—curriculum. The report lays out what would seem to be a highly compelling and clear-cut case:

To maintain the field’s current momentum, the perception of computer science needs to shift from its being considered a fringe, elective offering or a skills-based course designed to teach basic computer literacy or coding alone. Instead ...

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Bay Area Discovery Museum's Awesome New Fab Lab Opens on May 14

Our friends at Bay Area Discovery Museum are launching their Fab Lab exhibit this weekend, and we're very excited to see it becoming a reality. While schools and institutions all over the place are adding Maker spaces and Maker tools to their programs, BADM's Fab Lab is unique in that it focuses on early childhood; it is, in fact, the world's first such lab targeted at very young children.

The goal of the program is to get children interested in STEM topics ...

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Girls In Tech at the Tech Museum

Girls and women have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields, and though there are some small indications of progress in this regard, it's clear that we as a society still have a long way to go. We at Sparkfactor.org want to bring STEM opportunities to humans of all persuasions, and so for that reason we are very excited to offer our support to the Tech Museum of Innovation and their promising "Girls in Tech program.

Program participants--and their families--will take part in some ...

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