Computer science has become a necessary component of students’ education to prepare them for the demands of increasingly tech-focused 21st century careers. SVEF is committed to identifying and finding solutions to computer sciences needs in San Mateo and Santa Clara County school districts. CSI uses advocacy, curriculum development, and research to develop and strengthen computer science opportunities for students.
Computer Science Institute
Last summer, SVEF piloted its Grade 7 and 8 computer science class in five districts. Students studied computational thinking and basic coding through a design thinking lens and project-based learning. SVEF will be offering the 7 and 8 class this summer. SVEF will also have a grade 9 and 10 class that will focus on more advanced coding languages and computer science topics. If you are interested in the class, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Applications for the Summer of 2020 will be coming soon!
Wells Fargo Change the Future Grant
Wells Fargo and SVEF have partnered again to offer mid-size grants to schools with 50% or above free and/or reduced lunch in Santa Clara County. Schools had the opportunity to apply for up to $5000 to start or continue a computer science program in their school. The grants can be used to purchase equipment or software that will enhance the experience of the students. They can also be used to help fund professional development for teachers.
The grant winners for the 2019-20 school year were announced February 2020:
Thomas Ryan Elementary (Alum Rock Unified)
Horace Cureton Elementary (Alum Rock Unified School District)
James Lick High School (East Side Union School District)
LeyVa Middle School (Evergreen School District)
Sunrise Middle School (SCCOE)
Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School (Alum Rock Unified School District)
Downtown College Prep El Primero High School (San Jose Unified School District)
Orchard Elementary (Orchard School District)
Eliot Elementary (Gilroy Unified School District)
A key partnership SVEF has is with Code.org, a leader in computer science outreach and official sponsor of the nation-wide Hour of Code. Every December, CSI organizes Hour of Code and Code Night events in schools across the Bay Area.
CSI also supports teachers in computer science through Code.org professional development. We are excited to host our third computer science cohort for the 2019-2020 school year. Over 74 teachers from over 35 Bay Area school districts have participated in Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles training with SVEF!
EdTech is growing at a rapid pace, with new options for platforms, apps, and computer programs growing daily. However, our understanding of the real use and impact of EdTech is still developing. Through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and partnership with independent education research, development, and service agency WestEd, CSI examines how EdTech products are being used in classrooms and the impact they have on student learning and achievement.