How to Become a Web Developer (Beginner’s Guide)

…and Get a Job or Freelance GIGs

 

Guest Post by Robert Mening, Web Developer & Designer, WebsiteSetup.org

 

We live in a world where many “traditional” skills are no longer in demand.
It seems like old jobs get phased out every day in favour of technology. This situation leaves many people in disarray. Their skills are no longer valued as they once were, and they’re forced to either suck it up, learn new skills, and adapt, or settle for a lesser paying job [Continue Reading]

YouthWorks Sign-Up Session at Code in the Schools!

On Monday 2/13, Code in the Schools will have an open office drop-in session for high school students who want help signing up for YouthWorks. Information will also be provided on how to sign-up for CodeWorks, the coding boot camp where students earn a college credit and get paid!

For more information, see the event flyer here.

WHERE:
Centre Theatre Building
10 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

If you have any questions, contact info@codeintheschools.org.


Afterschool Investigators: Nature Detectives

 

Join the Cornell University Department of Ornithology for an interactive, outdoors STEM training for your afterschool program!

Geared towards afterschool providers and youth program leaders, this workshop is based around the Afterschool Investigators: Nature Detectives kit. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of this kit which aims to get kids outside for hands-on STEM science, link informal with formal education, and foster family involvement in science.

The workshop takes place Monday, March 6, 2017, and starts promptly at 9am, with registration starting at 8:30am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish by 2:00pm.

Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes because participants will explore outside!

Apply and Learn More Here!

 


MOST Introduces 4th STEMbassador Cohort

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MOST’s 4th cohort of STEMbassadors in the DHF Tech Center Megalab

On September 30th, the Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network introduced it’s fourth class of STEMbassadors in the sySTEM Learning Community. This year, 17 new out of school time educators from 9 Maryland counties will join 6 returning STEMbassadors to take part in high-quality training opportunities from The Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF). STEMbassadors will also be trained in the Dimensions of Success (DoS) STEM program quality observation tool, and will have the opportunity to collect and leverage data as it relates to youth interest in STEM content.

This represents the second year of a continuing partnership between the MOST Network and DHF in training STEM educators from all over Maryland. Of the current STEMbassadors, 11 represent organizations in Baltimore City. All told, the STEMbassadors represent thousands of Maryland youth, and the DHF trainings – which include 3D Printing, Interactive Gaming, Arduinos, and Making – will ensure that high-quality equipment and curricula reach their informal learning environments.

BmoreSTEM promotes initiatives such as the STEMbassadors as it is representative of formal and informal educators partnering with non-profit organizations to increase the quality and quantity of STEM learning opportunities for Baltimore’s youth.


BmoreSTEM selected to join transformative national STEM learning initiative

BmoreSTEM in the map

This post originally appeared on U.S. News & World Report

BALTIMORE–Computer science education is more effective when programs coordinate on the best teaching and funding strategies, so the STEM Funders Network on Thursday added 10 new communities to its nationwide coalition aimed at integrating learning opportunities for millions of students.

The group’s national Community of Practice ecosystem is now in 37 communities and aims to build cross-collaborative learning platforms in 100 cities by 2020. The 10 new communities joining the collaboration between public and private sector groups are based in Baltimore; Schnecksville, Pennsylvania; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City; Washington; Jacksonville, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Shreveport, Louisiana; Omaha, Nebraska; and Machias, Maine. Continue Reading.


Building a STEM Ecosystem in Baltimore

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post

Across the country, school districts, informal educators, non-profit organizations, and entire communities are mobilizing to enhance STEM learning opportunities for America’s youth. Rarely in the history of American education have we witnessed such focused energy towards enriching curriculum, especially in the STEM fields. A quick Google search for STEM grants yields millions of dollars in opportunities from philanthropic organizations, private industry, the federal government, and defense contractors. Last spring, President Obama hosted the fifth annual White House Science Fair, and announced an additional $240 million in private-sector commitments to STEM education programming, thus bringing the President’s “Innovate to Educate” campaign total to over $1 billion. It is not hard to explain why the nation’s focus has shifted so staggeringly towards STEM given the global stakes, the opportunities, and the fundamental shift in how we as a country are doing business. What is difficult, however, is capturing this tidal force of resources and energy in an equitable fashion that will provide the best outcomes for all youth. Continue Reading…


MOST Launches Third Year of STEMbassador Program

MOST STEMbassadors

On September 25th, the Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network launched the third cohort of its sySTEM Learning Community featuring 21 STEMbassadors from programs throughout the state. In total, 19 organizations from 8 counties are represented, which accounts for over 2,000 students served. The STEMbassador program identifies and supports out of school time professionals seeking to begin or expand their STEM offerings through a professional learning community model.

This year, MOST’s STEMbassadors will receive hands-on training from the Baltimore-based Digital Harbor Foundation in such skills as 3D printing, making, and electronics. Upon completing training, STEMbassadors can transfer that knowledge to their site-based staff and students. You can learn more about the program and MOST’s STEMbassadors here.