Black Girls CODE hosts community-oriented “girls only” hackathons for girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The hackathons allow girls to participate in creating solutions to social issues within their communities while they build their skills, confidence, and experience in coding. During a hackathon, the girls come together to solve problems by building apps, games, and tools centered on a selected theme. The girls bring their passion, skills, and experience to these two to three days of structured creative activities. The guided hackathons are education focused and expose youth to the software development process, encourage teamwork, and reinforce creativity. Girls attending the hackathon will learn how to brainstorm as a team, conduct research on their ideas, and design an app. Experienced mentors work with teams over a weekend to build mobile apps and digital tools. At the end of the hackathon, teams will demo their solutions onstage, receiving feedback from judges. They will also be eligible for prizes. Black Girls CODE will host multiple hackathons in 2017. The dates and locations are noted online. The prizes will be announced soon.
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in North America. Those in the path of totality-parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina—will see the moon completely eclipse the sun. Observers in the rest of the contiguous United States will see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse is a perfect teachable moment for students. Whether you plan to watch live with your students or plan lessons around the eclipse, here are a few resources for teaching about the solar eclipse.
You Be The Chemist Challenge, sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5–8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.