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The Hour of Code is Approaching... Dec 8-14

What is the Hour of Code?  Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour?  No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after).  

Anyone can learn the basics, and have fun doing it!

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Verizon, Cisco and others help young women engage in hands-on STEM activities and mentorships outside the classroom. 

Great examples of how companies, universities, and professional organizations are providing STEM mentoring opportunities to middle and high school students.

(Left) An AAUW Tech Trek camper carefully performs one of the hands-on experiments the participants are challenged with during the week at the University of California—Santa Barbara.

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IBM leads Water Run Off Experiment with McKinley Students

4th Annual IT Girls Creative Coding Day

Last week on St. Patrick’s Day, seventy girls representing middle schools all over town were lucky enough to attend the fourth annual IT-Girls Creative Computing event.  Sponsored by Louisiana Women in Technology and supported by STEMup Baton Rouge and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, the goal of the program is to introduce girls to the field of information technology by exploring programming tools like Scratch and JavaScript (p5.js).  In addition to the fun coding challenges that included game and web design products, the girls were also exposed to over 30 volunteers representing either IT companies or career fields.  Big thanks goes out to key sponsors who included Louisiana Tech Park, Geocent, Sparkhound, General Informatics, New Aperio, NexusLA, Giraphics, K&J Home Services and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.  We also wish to thank Costco, Bet-R and Whole Foods who supplied snacks for the day.