How to Get Girls Into Coding – NYTimes.com

Girls can code too.  So why does there continue to be a gender gap when it comes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers? Let’s change that!

From the NYTimes.com:

WHEN I was 7 years old, I knew the capitals of most major countries and their currencies. I had to, if I wanted to track down a devious criminal mastermind in the computer game “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” On screen, the ACME Detective Agency would spit out clues like notable landmarks to help players identify the city where Carmen’s globe-trotting henchmen were hiding out. I wouldn’t learn how to pronounce Reykjavik for more than a decade, but I could tell you that its currency was called the krona.I was the child of Indian immigrants, and like any begrudging Bengal tiger cub, I penciled in fill-in-the-blank maps and memorized multiplication tables after dinner. I was much more motivated to learn about geography by chasing Carmen Sandiego on the family Macintosh Plus. I couldn’t confidently point to Iceland on a map. But I did become a technology reporter.

Natalie Rusk is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab who helped develop Scratch, an open-source programming platform where kids can code games and animation and then share projects and how-to tips. She thinks the next two years will determine whether coding can start to close the gender gap. “One of the key reasons to broaden participation is to get more diversity of who is designing these technologies,” she said. “It’s being presented as, ‘Learn how to program,’ ” she said, “but not, ‘What do you want to program? What’s your idea?’ ”

So what if, instead of trying to guess at what might get girls interested in technology, we looked at what’s already on their screens? While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — classes and schools. Reshma Saujani, founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, said, “We have to meet them where they are.”

“Students kept walking in asking to learn how to code wearing Minecraft T-shirts,’” said Stephen Foster, a founder of the San Diego-based organization ThoughtSTEM, which teaches kids ages 8 to 18 to code in after-school programs and summer camps. “Once it happened the 20th time, we started to realize, ‘Oh, hey, maybe these kids know something that we don’t.’ ”

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Faculty Update: New Assistant Professor

Sal Gelsomino

Sal Gelsomino

Sal Gelsomino, Assistant Professor Information Technology

Sal has made the transition from being an adjunct instructor to full-time instructor at NEIT. For the past 14 years, he has taught in the Network Engineering concentration of the IT program. As part of his instruction, he has prepared students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.

While teaching part-time at NEIT, Sal was a mathematics teacher at Shea High School in Pawtucket and at North Providence High School. In addition, he instructed students in the Cisco Networking Academy and coached after-school athletics at Shea. In North Providence, he was yearbook advisor and also a coach. Sal’s business background includes several years as Membership Manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island where he managed staff and ensured agency compliance with state and federal guidelines. Sal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics, both from Providence College.

 

The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

From US News:

All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security. Some careers offer just the right mix of these components – for instance, nearly 40 percent of our picks are health care jobs – but the list also includes strong showings from occupations in the social services and business sectors. And for the first time, our No. 1 pick is a technology job.

Click the Link for the full list The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers.

New England Tech offers 28 of the TOP 100:

1. Software Developer

2. Computer Systems Analyst

6. Registered Nurse

9. Web Developer

11. Information Security Analyst

12. Database Administrator

17. Physical Therapist Assistant

21. Occupational Therapy Assistant

22. Clinical Laboratory Technician

24. Information Technology Manager

28. Veterinary Technologist and Technician

30. Computer Programmer

32. Respiratory Therapist

37. Construction Manager

42. Business Operations Manager

45. Medical Assistant

47. Medical Equipment Repairer

52. Computer Systems Administrator

53. Medical Secretary

54. Cost Estimator

69. Patrol Officer

77. Surgical Technologist

78. Computer Support Specialist

79. Administrative Assistant

92. Architect

95. Office Clerk

96. Auto Mechanic

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

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How Much Data is Generated Every Minute – Infographic

Imagination, diverse skill set bring creative success for RI artist

Fantastic story in the Valley Breeze about New England Tech Graphics instructor, William “Bill” Culbertson. Bill has had a very creative and eclectic career.  Congratulations! Bill on winning start up funds through Direct Capital’s national “Small Biz, Big Success” award competition. We are very fortunate to have such a diverse faculty member.

William Culbertson holds “Derb” a character he created for a childrens television program. Behind him are the other puppets that he created for the show. Culbertson’s media entertainment company, “Whooplah,” recently won a national competition for a video he produced explaining his program. (Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Call it an occupational hazard.

In William Culbertson’s century-old home on Warren Avenue in North Smithfield, you’ll find a complete room dedicated to his collection of Disney paraphernalia, with his favorite characters lined up along shelves, sitting on the television stand, and even painted on the walls.

In the basement, four 3-foot-by-4-foot clay models depict Kermit the Frog and other scenes from Jim Henson’s early work.

Four giant handmade puppets sit upon a piano in the living room, while dozens of Culbertson’s sculptures grace the home’s shelves and ledges.

His back yard, until recently, was filled with Styrofoam and other materials that could come in handy for building a set.

Culbertson has made a lifelong career out of creating and replicating artwork, including both the sculptures and designs that you typically find in parks and town squares, and the more colorful scenes and characters that make up childhood fantasies.

“As a freelancer, you can’t just focus on one area,” Culbertson said. “In order to keep success, keep the phone ringing and keep the money flowing, you have to do several things.”

Click the link to continue reading via Imagination, diverse skill set bring creative success for North Smithfield artist | The Valley Breeze.

Teach Coding to Girls Before Negative Stereotyping Starts – NYTimes.com

Why are less women choosing to enter computer science classes NOW, than in 1984?  Seriously?  According to the New York Times, there will be over 1 million jobs in computer related fields by 2020.  Let’s close the gender gap, beginning now.

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” highlights the gender gap in technology fields.

From NYTimes.com:

It’s 1984 and you’re sitting in your college Computer Science class. You take a look around the classroom of 100 students and count 37 women.

Fast forward to today. It’s 30 years later and the world has changed quite a bit. Women have become the majority in college and the majority in the workforce. We’re approaching gender parity in the life sciences and mathematics fields. These new devices called laptops are everywhere.

Teaching computer science to girls has the potential to turn these eager consumers of technology into unstoppable creators of it.

Today, in your classroom of 100 C.S. majors, 12 will be women.

The gender gap in technology has never been wider, and with the 1.4 million jobs that will be available in the computing related fields by 2020, we need a national, girl-led movement to close it.

via Teach Coding to Girls Before Negative Stereotyping Starts – NYTimes.com.

Young Girls Changing the World

Science and technology are NOT just for boys!  Too few girls enter these careers.  Let’s change that!

Meet 7 Young Girls Changing the World, One Code at a Time

For the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival, were paying special attention to technology and its ever changing landscape. This year, ESSENCE Festival is incororporating a #YesWeCode initiative aimed at exposing the youth to computer science. We caught up with some young women from Girls Who Code and asked them them what inspired them to start coding.

via Meet 7 Young Girls Changing the World, One Code at a Time | Essence.com.

PBN names 2014 Business Women class

Congratulations to New England Tech Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (currently named Information Technology) Alum, Annette Niemczk on being named 2014 Business Woman to Watch in the Technical Services category by the Providence Business News.

From Providence Business News:

pbj business women award 2014PROVIDENCE – An innovator and leader in the health care industry as well as a long-time executive at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have been chosen as the top two honorees in the seventh annual Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.

Joan L. Kwiatkowski, the CEO of CareLink and PACE of Rhode Island, is set to receive the award for career achievement, while Marie E. Bussiere, the combat systems department head at NUWC at Naval Station Newport will be honored as outstanding mentor.

Twelve other women were named either industry leaders or “women to watch” in six industry categories as well. In addition, the Business Women Achievement Honorees who have been profiled throughout the last year in the pages of PBN will be recognized at the Business Women Awards luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Providence Marriott Downtown.

The 2014 winners by category are:

Technical Services – Woman to Watch: Annette Niemczyk, senior engineer, Envision Technology Advisors LLC

For the complete list of 2014 winners click here: PBN names 2014 Business Women class – Providence Business News.

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Registration is Open

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FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration

Students in Grades 7-12

 

Why start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team for the 2014-2015 season?

Students in grades 7-12 will gain a working knowledge of the use of science and technology in the real world; increased interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEM-related careers; increased interest in school success and college-going; and gains in a number of 21st Century life and workplace skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, communications, teamwork, etc.).

Who can start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team?

Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be formed in middle and high schools, home school, after school and civic groups. All students in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun. 

Join the FIRST Family of STEM Activities in Rhode Island!

R.I. FTC encourages RI FIRST Lego League (FLL) students (ages 9-14) to “graduate” to FTC continuing their interest in FIRST and STEM activities through middle and high school. For more information on FLL in R.I. go to http://www.risf.net/first-lego-league/

How do I register my student team for the FIRST Tech Challenge?

The cost to register your team with FIRST for one season will be $275.00.    Registration opens Wednesday May 14, 2014! The sooner your team registers the better! Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 28, 2014. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/registration

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?

Once your FIRST registration is paid you are able to purchase the kit directly from FIRST. To review costs visit Kit pricing for the 2014-2015 FTC Seasonhttp://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/budget 

Are there additional costs?

There are costs related to participating in qualifiers and the state tournament. The cost for a qualifier will be $40.00 per team and the cost for the R.I. State tournament will be $110.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the host site. 

What if I have more questions? Who can I talk with?

Erin Flynn from New England Institute of Technology serves as the R.I. FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner. New England Institute of Technology serves as the state-wide sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Erin can be reached at 401-738-5000 ext 3462 or eflynn@neit.edu. For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to www.usfirst.org. For more information on NE Tech go to www.neit.edu. 

*FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Here is a list of Rhode Island High Schools that already have a FIRST Team. FIRST Rhode Island Teams

There is TIME TO ADD YOUR SCHOOL to the list!

 

The 20 Happiest Jobs For New Grads

Getting a great job is a priority for college grads but being happy in those job is just as important and landing it.

According to CareerBliss.com and the Huffington Post:

Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds. Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community. To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year’s rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.

Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft. As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings. “Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent,” said Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder. CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works

via The 20 Happiest Jobs For New Grads.

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