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.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation offers Teaching Fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, technology, and physical sciences. The fellowships are designed to lead new high school math and science teachers through the first and second years of their career and provide financial and professional resources for successful STEM teaching.
To combat America’s rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic, the Milken Institute’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health is joining forces with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education to expand the reach of Operation Prevention—a national, standards-based initiative developed to educate students, families, and employees about the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website. Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.