“By hosting these events for Computer Science Education Week, we are helping spur technology advancement and economic growth in our community through leveraging our region’s existing industry, culture and talent,” says Charisse Stokes, executive director of TechMGM. “Montgomery is home to a growing tech hub due to the resources available to the community. These events will bring together a number of those resources to further establish innovation strategies that continue to drive demand for the city as a long-term sustainable location for investment.”
Below are the events taking place for Computer Science Education Week:
TechForum – Montgomery TechLab, December 1
The kick-off event of Montgomery’s National Computer Science Education Week will feature the Montgomery TechLab, the city’s new tech startup accelerator. This forum will tap into the talent and skillsets of Montgomery’s startup entrepreneurs, highlight digital services and engage startups to become successful companies in Montgomery. Executive Director of the TechLab, Marcus Shaw, will join leaders from dcode, Fearless, BESPIN and the U.S. Air Force, for this live roundtable discussion.
Resume Writing & Virtual Interviewing Skills Workshop, December 2
Montgomery’s Stratice Consulting, SMS and Heptagon will host a virtual workshop to teach college students and IT professionals resume writing and interviewing skills to help them jump-start their careers.
Young AFCEAN Business Over Breakfast, December 3
Airmen, young IT professionals, students, faculty, managers and others will come together to learn more about the new innovative and collaborative trends in tech. This event is hosted by the Young Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Montgomery Chapter, which consists of government, industry and academia AFCEA members under the age of 40.
HiED Coffee Break, December 4
Educators, counselors and admission professionals will have an opportunity to have a round table discussion with HiEd to discuss their new collaborative platform that assists students and athletes with tracking their GPAs, graduation requirements, college admission decisions, academic scholarships, NCAA eligibility and so much more. The program serves as a one-stop-shop for essential education resources and industry employers.
BEST Robotics Education Conference, December 7&8
This two-day virtual conference for teachers will discuss robotics education and how to maximize efforts, be a more efficient coach for a robotics team, and incorporate robotics into daily lesson plans.
Google Innovation Training, December 9
Join the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation to learn about this free project-based curriculum that can equip students with practical tech skills, including how to make digital presentations, do online research, work with spreadsheets and more. This self-paced, blended curriculum is appropriate for teachers in K-12 and higher education.
Montgomery/Huntsville AFCEA Webinar Series, December 10
Join the Huntsville and AFCEA Chapters as they feature the Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Steve Pierce, who will discuss the new Space Force.
Rube Goldberg Competition, December 11
Winners of TechMGM’s and Jacobs Engineering’s Rube Goldberg Competition will be announced on this live stream. Teams of River Region elementary school students will design and build a Rube Goldberg machine from a kit and provide a video demonstrating their Rube Goldberg in action for judging on creativity and complexity. This event for engaged young minds will explore the creative world of invention through science.
Glide App Design Competition, December 11
Winners of TechMGM and Serquest’s Glide App Design Competition will be announced on this live stream. Teams of River Region middle school students have been challenged to create a new app using Glide, a software that allows users to create apps using Google sheets and without using code. Each team must select and build one of two applications, a class attendance roster app or an extracurricular activities program app.
Girl Scouts Cybersecurity Badge Event, December 12
Women in AFCEA have partnered with the Girl Scouts in Montgomery to host a cybersecurity badge event for brownies and daisies in the local area where they will learn about protecting data, being safe on the internet and other basic cybersecurity skills.
Esports Tournament, December 12
MGM Esports and Gaming is holding a three-on-three Rocket League tournament to expose local high schools to esports and the ability to launch a program at their school. Esports teams in schools have led to increased courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and also higher test scores. This event is open to students, IT professionals, gamers and newcomers to gaming.
Raspberry JAM, December 13
Winners of the Raspberry JAM will be announced on this live stream. Teams of River Region high school students have been tasked to solve a challenge using a Raspberry Pi with a voice-activation system. Challenges include creating a virtual front desk, virtual graduation announcer and virtual teacher assistant. Hosted by TechMGM, ALFA Insurance, CGI and MGMWERX, this competition is an exciting opportunity for students to use their creativity and technical skills to develop a system using the latest Raspberry Pi technology.
For more information on any of these events, visit https://www.techmgm.com/ncse-week/. For more information about TechMGM initiatives, visit https://techmgm.com.
TechMGM is a collaboration of local industry, educational and government entities working together to connect and leverage Montgomery, Alabama’s unique technology-related assets. This initiative is designed to maximize the community’s diverse technology talent pipeline and promote the city as an emerging and innovative technology hub to enhance the workforce and grow the regional economy. Montgomery’s unique combination of partners have invested in critical tech infrastructure, including contributions from federal, state and local government, educational institutions and the local business community’s large corporations and small and non-traditional businesses. These collaborations have led to the development of the powerful Montgomery Internet Exchange (MGMix) and the implementation of fiber infrastructure throughout the city that will lead to even more smart city-based initiatives.
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