On Monday, January 22, LeyVa Middle School celebrated computer science education at a fun Family Tech Night. The evening included an award of $10,000 for LeyVa and the PEER Foundation that will enhance our extended day computer science programs.
Wells Fargo and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) awarded five schools as part of the Wells Fargo Change the Future Grant.
"We are committed to ensuring that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is expanded through innovative programs. Our partnership with Wells Fargo is a great opportunity for students to learn needed skills in computer science," said Dr. Lisa Andrew, SVEF CEO.
Along with LeyVa Middle School, Renaissance-Fischer Academy (Alum Rock), Renaissance-Mathson Academy (Alum Rock), Ocala STEAM Academy (Alum Rock), Sunrise Middle School (Santa Clara County), Downtown College Prep (Santa Clara County), and James Lick High School (East Side Union High School District) were honored.
Positioned in the heart of Silicon Valley, the high tech industry is at our doorstep. This makes it critical to give our students access to those S.T.E.M. and computer science careers. Where will companies like Apple, Google, Adobe, Salesforce, Cisco or others go to find their workforce? We are working to make sure they won't have to go very far.
PEER FOUNDATION The PEER Foundation partners with LeyVa Middle School to provide students with innovative learning experiences such as coding, robotics, multi-media, and 3D design. This includes free activities during the day and after school at their suite of classrooms, the Studios at LeyVa (rooms 1 to 5). The $10,000 award will expand the computer science program options to include fun topics like Multimedia Mash-Ups, Tech Creation Station, and HaCkRZ all in preparation for a final "hackathon" event later this Spring.
"We plan to build a competence toolbox for the students by exposing them to a variety of disciplines that could prove helpful in the hackathon including coding, web development, physical computing with Arduino, mobile app design, AR, animation, AI and 3D printing," said Stacey Johnston, PEER Executive Director.
After and during school opportunities will be free for LeyVa students.
FAMILY TECH NIGHT Immediately after the check presentation ceremony, more than 60 LeyVa families participated in our First Family Tech Night. Each of the rooms at the PEER Studios held different fun and interactive tech activities including robotics, drones, coding, stop-motion animation, green screen demonstrations, and student-created video games from Mrs. Diaz's computer science class. Family Tech Night was too much fun to not become an annual tradition.
Computer science education and access to high-tech careers is critical. With the support of SVEF and Wells Fargo, LeyVa students will get even more of those experiences. Contact us to get your child involved.