- Dec. 8, 2020
-- Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc. (SEM Link) is celebrating Computer Science Education Week 2020, December 9-13 by hosting virtual STEM events for youth. SEM Link's Math and Science Career Academy celebrates Computer Science Education Week providing youth with virtual opportunities to learn about coding, gaming, robotics and more to introduce youth to computer science and computer science careers. On Wednesday, December 9th
from 6:30-7:30 pm EST, SEM Link will host a Teen Science Café with De'Aira Bryant, a Computer Science PhD Student at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The topic for the café is "Social Robots Meet Social Good: Leveraging the Power of Computer Science", Ms. Bryant will talk about her career journey, coding, and robotics. "Setting the foundation for youth to understand computer science (CS) will instill confidence in this STEM subject and set them up for future success. Kids interacting with CS early on can also further develop computational thinking skills like problem-solving, thinking logically and analytically, and even innovation. These events that we are hosting for Computer Science Education week are a great entry point, showing that computer science can be fun and creative!" states Carlyn Pounders, SEM Link Program Coordinator.
On Saturday, December 12th
from 1:00-3:00pm EST SEM LINK will host Hour of Code™ workshops for elementary, middle and high school students. In partnership with Hexagon-STEM (http://hexagon-stem.com/
), SEM Link will host two virtual Hour of Code™ workshops for elementary and middle school students that celebrate Black women in STEM using an activity from the Tynker company that teaches kids coding by providing opportunities for them to develop their computational thinking and programming skills. There are two sessions, depending on grade level. The first session is from 1-2 pm EST for grades 3-5 and the second session will be held from 2-3 pm EST for grades 6-8 .
"Early in my educational journey, I developed a passion for integrating technology and studying how underrepresentation shapes African Americans' experiences in computing and what can be done to combat racial biases in computing and technology. " says Bishara Abdul-Hamid, Director of Technology, Hexagon-STEM
In partnership with Cloudy Heaven Games (http://cloudyheavengames.com/
), SEM Link will host a virtual Hour of Code™ workshop from 1-2pm EST for high school students. This workshop will introduce high school students to video game design and software program development. For more information about SEM Link's Computer Science Education Week activities visit Events Page on SEM Link's website, https://semsuccess.org/