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Celebrate CS Education Week w/ Hour of Code & More!

Schools and other programs around New Mexico will recognize Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15) with events like #HourOfCode and more. The week is an effort to increase awareness of the need for Computer Science education and provide opportunities for students to learn and connect. The annual celebration was launched in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Picachu Elementary School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Code.org to purchase laptop computers and other technology to recognize their work (story here). 

In the Albuquerque area, Middle & High School Students are invited to join Albuquerque’s tech community for an “Hour of Code” at Deep Dive Coders where students will learn the concepts behind coding with hands-on instruction from professional programmers! For more info, contact Jen Lake at jrlake@unm.edu Download a pdf here.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 10th; 5:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Deep Dive Coders | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE; Registration required http://mgt.unm.edu/events/code


YDI’s computer clubhouse will also open for hour of code activities for youth from 12 to 18 who will learn more about working in programming/coding and STEM, as well as instruction in coding with tools from www.codeacademy.com and scratch.mit.edu (more information here). 

For a map of New Mexico schools and organizations participating, visit: http://csedweek.org/events


SFI Student Research Symposium on Computational Thinking Seeks Company Participation

Santa Fe Institute is hosting a statewide student research and practice symposium on Computational Thinking on Dec 7th. The Symposium is similar to undergraduate research symposia that other institutions host but this one is focused on computational thinking.  They seek participation from companies whose work involves this approach. 

For the purpose of this symposium, computational thinking is defined as: “Computational Thinking entails using the skills, habits and approaches integral to solving problems on a computer (e.g. abstraction, automation and analysis).” The computational thinker engages in a creative process to solve problems, design products, automate systems, or improve understanding by defining, modeling, qualifying and refining systems, processes or mechanism generally through the use of computers. Computational thinking often occurs in collaboration with others. 

They’d like to invite you to represent your company and participate in any of the following ways:

1) speak about internship opportunities offered by your company as part of a panel.

2) serve as a poster judge who will evaluate student CT posters and decide which posters will be awarded cash prizes.

3) participate in informal lunch discussions on CT opportunities with students. 

For more details please see the symposium website: https://sites.google.com/site/ctsymposium/

If you’d like to participate, please apply for the symposium at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CT_Symposium

New Mexico joins the Global Startup Battle

New Mexico Joins the Global Startup Battle with Three Startup Weekends

(originally published Oct 14, 2013)
This November, three sites in New Mexico will launch Startup Weekend events during Global Entrepreneurship Week and the “Global Startup Battle” from UP Global and Startup Weekend. Sites include Farmington with “Four Corners Startup Weekend,” Las Cruces Startup Weekend and the world’s first high school-focused Startup Weekend, “Teen Startup Weekend” in Albuquerque. These three events in different regions mark a substantial step forward in encouraging startup activity throughout the state and with a wider group of potential entrepreneurs. All three events run November 15-17th.

Startup Weekend has proven to be one of the world’s most popular and effective ways of bringing startup talent together and building entrepreneurial ecosystems with 54-hour sprints that transform ideas into validated business models using a lean startup approach. Startup Weekend events this year in Santa Fe and Albuquerque have already launched several companies and at least one company has received over $100K in funding. 

Not all Startup Weekend teams will achieve the same success, but participants, organizers, coaches and judges alike agree that it’s one of the most valuable and intense events they’ve experienced. Now New Mexican’s from throughout the state and others from surrounding regions can experience it for themselves.

About Startup Weekend events in New Mexico (11/15-17):

Four Corners Startup Weekend (Farmington)
Location: Quality Center for Business
Info: http://fourcorners.startupweekend.org
Registration:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8004396365
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourcornersstartupweekend
Twitter: #SW4Corners

Las Cruces Startup Weekend (Las Cruces)
Location: Las Cruces
Info:  http://lascruces.startupweekend.org
Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7759844905#
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWLasCruces
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWLasCruces #SWLC

Teen Startup Weekend (Albuquerque)
Location: WESST Enterprise Center
Info:  http://teenalbuquerque.startupweekend.org
Registration: http://teenstartupweekend.eventbrite.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeenABQStartupWeekend
Twitter: @swteenabq #swteen

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is not just a 54 hour “activity-based networking event,” but a non-profit committed to promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, that has recently joined forces with the Startup America Partnership to become UP Global. Startup Weekend events have been held in over 100 countries and included over 100,000 entrepreneurs. Dozens of pitches from these events have gone on to become real ongoing startups. More at http://www.startupweekend.org

About Global Startup Battle:

Each year Startup Weekend celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with a special contest for Startup Weekend winners worldwide.  More about prizes here.

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