Topic: stem

SD Times Blog: If coding were offered as a second language

The task of getting high schoolers a solid foundation in software and coding continues. For students in today’s world, the need to know some sort of programming language is as necessary as becoming fluent in Spanish. But are the two interchangeable, and should they be? One of the first states to try to tackle this … continue reading

How to become a hireable next-generation developer

Whether it’s a soon-to-be STEM college graduate or an experienced developer looking for a change in scenery, the information age is upon us, and there is a large demand to fill these technical roles. Last year, 38,175 computer science students graduated into a workforce where 604,689 jobs existed, according to Code.org. The Bureau of Labor … continue reading

Girls robotics team is taking over New York City

Large robotics competitions for high schoolers are hard to come by, and when they are spotted, most of the time men make up a majority of participants. Forbes recently stopped by the Javits Center in Manhattan last Saturday to check out the FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional. But, the reporter wasn’t there to … continue reading

Kony updates Kony Visualizer, high school girls win Meteor scholarship, and Google adds new section to transparency report—SD Times news digest: March 16, 2016

Kony, a mobile development company, today announced an update to Kony Visualizer, the visual application design and development part of Kony’s Mobility Platform. The new release of the cloud-based Kony Visualizer 7.0 includes updates to simplify and accelerate the mobile app development process, allowing users to build connected, omnichannel apps for phone, tablet, Web or … continue reading

SD Times Blog: International Women’s Day 2016

It seems like every other day we are celebrating something. One day it’s national this, the next day it’s national that. Today is International Day of Women (IDW2016), and it’s not one of those silly holidays that pop up on Twitter in the form of hashtags. But this is an important day. Today celebrates the … continue reading

President Obama announces initiative to get kids into computer science

U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to empower American students from kindergarten to high school to learn computer science. The campaign is called Computer Science for All, and the goal is to equip students with computational thinking skills so they can be more than just consumers of technology. CS for All already … continue reading

JetBrains database survey results, a new cryptocurrency, and girls wanting to enter STEM careers—SD Times news digest: Dec. 28, 2015

SQL interest is growing, and it doesn’t look like it will stop any time soon, according to a report. JetBrains has released survey results from its “How Developers Use Databases Today” report, which found out of 19,000,000 developers worldwide, about 36% of them are SQL developers. The survey collected answers from about 2,000 respondents, and … continue reading

Hour of Code kicks off its third year

The third annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEW) kicks off this week, with an emphasis on bringing more women and minorities into programming. Code.org started CSEW in 2013, including the Hour of Code campaign, an initiative to get more talented and creative people interested in computer science in just one hour. Non-profits, schools and experts … continue reading

Cards Against Humanity to provide full-ride STEM scholarship for women

Cards Against Humanity is trying to increase diversity in the technology industry. The card game has announced it is releasing an expansion to fund full-ride scholarships for women looking to get their undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering and math, and we felt like the … continue reading

AWS Ruby SDK 2.0, IBM Big Data training, and OpenJDK 9 warnings resolved—SD Times news digest: Feb. 9, 2015

Amazon has released version 2.0 of its Ruby SDK for Amazon Web Services, reducing coding complexity with new features, resource interfaces and APIs. Amazon detailed the AWS Ruby SDK 2.0 improvements in a blog post. The features include: Resource interfaces for 7 services Client response stubs Waiters Response paging Improved parameter validation Flexible Gem dependencies … continue reading

Oculus making virtual reality movies, the NSA’s Trojan horse, and IBM layoffs—SD Times news digest: Jan. 27, 2015

Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup acquired by Facebook for US$2 billion, is developing cinematic experiences specifically for its Oculus Rift VR headset. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new Oculus Story Studio, led by creative director and former Pixar animator Saschka Unseld, premiered its first short film, entitled “Lost.” Unseld, who created … continue reading

iRobot Create 2, Intel’s Internet of Things, Ubuntu Core, Qt 5.4, and more—SD Times news digest: Dec. 10, 2014

iRobot has unveiled a new robot designed for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Based off the company’s Roomba, Create 2 features a preassembled robot platform to give educators, students and developers an affordable source to learn the fundamentals of robotics, computer science and engineering. “As a global leader in robotics technology, iRobot believes … continue reading

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