CS in LA NEWSLETTER Last updated: November 27, 2017
IN LOS ANGELES
GET READY FOR CS ED WEEK! December 4-10, 2017.
Take the Challenge: Push Past Your Zone of Comfort During Computer Science Education Week
Twitter Chat - #CSEquity
Date: December 7th 4pm PST- #CSEquity
Description: Please join @NCWIT as they co-host a #CSequity Twitter chat with Expanding Computing Education Pathways (@ECEP_CS) and the National Girls Collaborative Project (@ngcproject) to discuss practices for reaching equity in computing. Please join us! You can see the questions following the image.
First Annual 2018 STEM Teen Academy through FBI Los Angeles Field Office
Audience: High school students ages 16-18; GPA of 3.5 or higher living in LA Field Office area.
Date: February 3, 2018
Apply by: 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017
Application Here - 2018 Westwood Teen Academy Application
Details: Students interested in attending should complete and submit the above application and materials via e-mail to email@example.com or via U.S. mail to the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, Attention: COS Eileen Clark, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1700, Los Angeles, California, 90024. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017 for panel review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.
PST: LA/LA Student Arts Contest
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Audience: Middle and High School Students
Description: LA Promise Fund and The Getty are conducting a student art contest open to middle and high school students. The focus is on Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Categories include visual and performing arts. Prizes include money and scholarships! Check it out.
L.A. Youth at Work - Employment Opportunities
Attend a Job Skills Workshop and Work Readiness Certification Workshop to prepare for seasonal and other employment opportunities for youth ages 16 - 24 years old.
Tamale Wars: Rise of the Millenials Holiday Party, CITYx1
Date: Sunday, December 17, 6 - 9 p.m.
Description: Community Intervention Through Youth (C.I.T.Y.) x1 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to putting on social events for LGTBQ youth and their allies that exist at no cost and provide an alternative to the club scene. These events are open to youth ages 14-24 and often include dances, free food, free HIV testing, and several community resources.
Drive Smart Digital Shorts Contest
Deadline: December 18
Letters About Literature Writing Contest
Deadline: January 12
Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest 2017
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Audience - Females age 17+
Date: February 24-25th at USC
Description: A weekend dedicated to filling the gender gap, exploring technology, and building the next big thing! Our mission is to support and nurture women* in tech by hosting Southern California's premiere all female* hackathon. Expect a weekend full of workshops, mentorship, tech talks, social activities, food, and more! No experience necessary, you just need passion.*trans and non-binary inclusive
Google Code-in: A global, online, contest that introduces teenagers to Open Source
Contest Rules and Information
Audience: Ages 13-17
Dates: November 28th - January 15th
Description: Want to work with a real open source software organization while earning cool prizes?
- Sign up at g.co/gci. Be sure to read the Contest Rules.Have your parent or legal guardian sign the Parental Consent form.
- Students search for a task that interests them and claim it. They have at least three days to complete it.
- The student works on the task, getting guidance from mentors, if needed.
- Once the student is ready, they submit their work for review through the contest website.
- Mentors from the organization evaluate the work, provide feedback, and if it's complete, accept it! Otherwise, specific feedback is provided, and the student goes back to step #2!
- Go to step #1 and repeat!
Reviewer for Aspirations in Computing
Register Here as Reviewer
Audience: Technical and non-technical volunteers over 21
Description: Want to be inspired? Volunteer to review applications for the Aspirations in Computing Awards for HS, Educator and Collegiate Award applications. Reviews open November 8 and run through December 20. To sign up, visit Aspirations.org and create a Reviewer account.
ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize
Submit your application
Deadline: January 5, 2018.
Description: The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing is a prize designed to recognize talented high school students intending to continue their higher education in the areas of computer science or technology. Up to four winners will be selected annually and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize which will be administered through the financial aid department at the university the student will attend.
Hitachi Student Poster Contest
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Audience: Grades 6-12
Description: Students should think of a problem in their community and what kind of robot they would design to help overcome that problem. We need your students’ suggestions, in artwork form, on how their robot would tackle environmental issues, financial issues, food supply issues, healthcare, over-crowding, poverty, safety needs, transportation, unemployment, or any other need their community needs to address. Winning posters will be neat, colorful, and present clearly how your students’ robot concept could improve life in their community.
Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge
Register and Learn More
Deadline: January 10, 2018 at 5:00pm ET
Audience: Individuals 13 to 17 years old in the US or Canada who: (1) have a parent or guardian submit their skill in the Amazon Developer Console on their behalf under that parent or guardian’s account, AND (2) provide a signed consent form from the parent or guardian that lists all minor(s) for whom the adult is submitting the skill.
Description: Build an Alexa skill that educates, entertains, and/or engages children under the age of 13. Submissions must include a skill description, video demo, and other information must be submitted on the Devpost website.
2017 4‑H National Youth Science Day challenge: Incredible Wearables.
Description: Developed by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Incredible Wearables kit is a fun way for kids to build wearable fitness trackers. The kit is perfect for classrooms, clubs and at-home use. The 70 to 90-minute hands-on project is suitable for 4th to 12th graders. Each low-cost kit can serve up to 10 kids at a time and is reusable. Kits are available for purchase. Check out this video to learn more.
Chick Tech Local Conferences
Description: ChickTech has 4 #ACTW local conferences this year, and their ACT-W National Conference is coming up in April 2018. ACT-W has brought together thousands of women and supporters across the U.S. and beyond to learn, share experiences, grow, and create positive change for years; and, they're ramping it up this year! We invite women from all realms of technology (not just engineering!) and male allies who support women in tech to join us for these life-changing conferences. Check it out, www.act-w.org
Get inspired to follow in the footsteps of these 10 amazing Latinas who share a passion for technology. Learn about their journeys, watch how each one of them is succeeding in their technology-related fields and get motivated to create the technologies of the future!
Careers With Code Magazine Now Out
The latest Careers with Code magazine just landed! Learn how you can create opportunities for yourself in tech, explore where the jobs of the future will be and how to develop diverse new skills. Dive in at CareerswithCode.com
NCWIT CS Posters for Classrooms
Order here: https://www.ncwit.org/resources/type/posters
Description: Order these great posters to decorate your classroom and inspire a new generation in computer science! Items include a set of 10 Technolochicas, C4C’s What is your Coding SuperPower, Aspirations in Computing Announcement, and more!
MAKERS is a storytelling platform for the trailblazing women of today and tomorrow. The website features 4,500+ original videos and 400+ MAKERS interviews with diverse women. Last year saw the launch of the MAKERS Stories app designed to empower individuals to be their own storytellers. New this year is a podcast consisting of 8-episodes with stories from the history-makers and glass-ceiling breakers of the past, present, and future
Women in IT: By the Numbers
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers.
Women of JPL:
Learn about the women of JPL. They are fascinating women. And many of them have overcome enormous obstacles, from birthplace, to economic hardship - even war - to fulfill their goals of working in the space program. The women are available to speak to students; each of them has participated in the program as they really have a desire to inspire young girls to "Dare Mighty Things"
Find role models and guest speakers.
Are you a Fab Fem? Create your own profile to become role model for others.
:EXPAND YOUR CS AND CAREER SKILLS
- Code on your own or find a class
- Resources to Learn and Explore CS
- Career Skills
- CS Competitions
- Resources through Google
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