The MKE Tech Hub Coalition is inviting area companies, nonprofit organizations and schools to participate in a regional challenge of teaching an hour of code to local students during Computer Science Week: December 7–13, 2020.
Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week and is a global campaign to celebrate and expand STEM learning opportunities for students.
As part of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s commitment to advancing Milwaukee as a region for technology, business and talent development, we are proud to partner with the local business, education and non-profit communities on MKE Hour of Code. The MKE Tech Hub Coalition wants students to understand the opportunities available in our city and see themselves as a valuable part of the #MKETech ecosystem. Tech is embedded in all of our key industries and has become a foundational skill set to stay competitive in the future of work.
The MKE Tech Hub Coalition is a member of CSforAll. CSforALL’s mission is to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success.
While there are state guidelines for access to computing and related disciplines as part of any high quality STEM education program, there is currently no overarching state strategy or dedicated funding to ensure that this occurs. Consequently, many students will never experience computing or understand it’s value in relation to the future of work.
By joining the MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s regional MKE Hour of Code initiative, you help spread the message to students that there is a community invested in their development and a place for them in our region.
As part of Code.org’s global Hour of Code initiative, our mission is to serve STEM awareness and education opportunities to as many K-12 students in the Greater Milwaukee Area as possible. Our goal is to sustain a minimum of 5000 Hours of Code despite the COVID-19 pandemic with the active support of Coalition members and the greater MKE community at large.
We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty due to COVID-19. Please don’t let it impact your plans to participate. We are providing guidelines on how to run activities virtually. In our pursuit of tech equity in the region, we must come together to ensure all students feel supported by their community.
• Advanced Hires
• Brown Dog Gadgets
• ETE REMAN
• GalaxE Solutions
• GE Healthcare
• Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
• Landmark Credit Union
• Mars Solutions Group
• Molson Coors
• Northwestern Mutual
• NTELIJNT PRODUCTIONS
• Rising Tide Analytics
• Virtual United
• West Bend Mutual Insurance
• Young Enterprising Society
• 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
• COA Youth and Family Centers
• Gearbox Labs, Inc.
• Islands of Brilliance
• Microsoft TEALS
• MKE Tech Hub Coalition
• NCWIT Wisconsin
• SHARP Literacy
• STEM Forward
• Carmen Schools (Stellar Elementary)
• Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee
• Kenosha Unified School District (KTEC – Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum)
• Milwaukee Academy of Science
• Milwaukee Public Schools (Forest Home Avenue School, Hamilton High School,NOVA High School)
• St. Francis School District (Deer Creek Intermediate School, St. Francis High School)
• TransCenter for Youth
• Wauwatosa School District (Longfellow Middle School)
• Whitefish Bay School District (Whitefish Bay High School)
• Whitnall School District (Whitnall Middle School)
The MKE Hour of Code serves as a spark but we are not done there! We want all participants to consider what’s next and reach out with ideas for how the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and our partners can help you take the next step.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Send your suggestions to Mhaeger@stemforward.org (STEM Forward Content) or email@example.com (MKE Tech Hub Coalition) and we’ll find the right way to incorporate it.
Yes, absolutely! Code.org and Code with Google have many self-guided, turnkey tutorials that you can use right off-the-shelf. They also have how-to guides to help you practice teaching the activities. All you have to do is pick one and pick your time to volunteer. There are options for all ages and experience levels. Or, check back for a toolkit coming soon with special Milwaukee projects created by local organizations that reflect our city!
The primary goal of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition is to double the tech workforce in southeastern Wisconsin by 2025. This will enable us to fulfill the tech talent requirements of employers as well as drive economic success and innovation in the region.
To achieve this bold milestone, we’re harnessing the power of companies, entrepreneurs, educators, community organizations and other area stakeholders to join forces around our key initiatives. This includes K-20 strategies that reflect a value for the future role of our existing student population in the #MKETech ecosystem. www.mketech.org
For the third year, NEWaukee is proud to power Milwaukee’s Hour of Code.
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Code.org is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, Infosys Foundation USA, Amazon, and others. For more information, please visit: code.org.