Michigan STEM Partnership Announces Support for 2nd Annual NHacks Hack-a-thon for High School Students

Michigan’s STEM leadership non-profit supports high school student-focused hack-a-thon event designed to encourage students to pursue computer science-related college education and careers

nHacks logoMay 29, 2017, Howell, MI – The Michigan STEM Partnership, a non-profit that promotes the impact of STEM careers on economic development in the state and strives to influence future career decisions of today’s students, today announced its support of the 2nd annual NHacks High School Hack-a-thon event taking place on Saturday, June 17th at Flextech Academy in Novi, MI. The event is FREE to attend for all high school students, but does require advance registration on the event website at http://nhacks.org.

nHacks is Michigan’s first hack-a-thon focused on bringing together a community of high-school students, at all levels of experience and diverse backgrounds, to engage in collaboration and innovation toward the creation of websites, mobile apps, or even hardware hacks.

Students attending the event will receive free refreshments, T-shirts and swag from sponsors, as well as workshops and mentoring by computer science professionals from small business, enterprises and universities on topics such as web, Android and iOS development and more.

As part of its sponsorship of the NHacks event, the Partnership will encourage its student audience to register to participate in the event, and will encourage its computer science professionals audience to volunteer as mentors or judges for the event.

Underscoring the importance of events such as NHacks, Michigan STEM Partnership Executive Director, Gary Farina, states, “Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields are the fastest-growing careers in the global marketplace, they’re also the most in-demand jobs in Michigan – particularly jobs requiring computer science knowledge. Unfortunately, our educational institutions are suffering a lack of resources and teachers able to provide this training to today’s students, which puts our students at a disadvantage. Therefore, we encourage, and will support, efforts designed to expose students to education and hands-on opportunities to explore these careers and to interact with industry professionals who can share their expertise and experiences. We believe it will be beneficial for our student population in Michigan, as well as Michigan’s workforce development efforts.”

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MI Film Office Achieves Success in 1st Year Partnership with Google CS First Program, Expands Benefits to Participants

Colorful Google CS First LogoThe Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) unveiled a partnership with the Google CS First Education Program in November 2015 and launched the program statewide in January 2016. Since then it was embraced by schools around the state, and is still currently being offered as part of a summer school activity or ‘camp’.

Because of the great success of the program here in Michigan, Google is now utilizing our state as a model to get more states and regions involved in the CS First Program! They started by giving us our own landing page about the program here in Michigan to show the success we’ve achieved, check it out HERE. More exciting announcements are coming!

Here in Michigan, we have a few announcements of our own! The MFDMO is adding several benefits to the program for participating schools that are new to the MFDMO partnership, or returning schools that register their club(s) for the 2016-2017 school year:  headphones and digital badging!

Headphones

Beginning September 1, the MFDMO will provide up to 20 headphones per school that joins for the first time in 2016-2017, and up to 20 headphones for any school participated in 2015=2016 and that confirms their ongoing participation as of September 1 in the MFDMO partnership for the 2016-2017 school year.

A new school must sign up for the partnership with the MFDMO, and enroll a minimum of 20 students to be eligible to receive the headphones. A returning school must verify their ongoing participation for the 2016=2017 school year by updating their participation data (a reminder will be sent on or around September 1) and enroll a minimum of 20 students in the program.

To place a request for headphones, the CS First contact person for your school should send an email request to csfirst@michigan.org, and include a delivery address for the school where the headphones should be sent. We will monitor new school signups and renewals that we receive online beginning September 1 to verify your eligibility, and headphones will be shipped during early to mid-September.

NOTE:  Each school, homeschool, or other youth-centered organization is considered one entity; maximum number of headphones per school/entity is 20. Homeschools will be limited to one set of headphones.

Digital Badging

In partnership with Google and the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) is excited to offer students the ability to share their success in the CS First program by earning a digital badge specific to the completion of Digital Badges from Google CS & MI Film & MI Eductheir CS First Club theme. The CS First Digital Badging Program is an EXCLUSIVE opportunity for clubs that have signed up for the CS First program through the MFDMO and in partnership with Google. Please click here for more information on the digital badging program and how to access the badges.

We at the Michigan STEM Partnership encourage you to learn more about the MFDMO partnership and the CS First Program effort to ensure Michigan youth have access to this unique curriculum that requires no previous computer science experience.

Joining this effort is an easy, two-step process:

  1. Complete the MFDMO online registration form.
  2. Start a club and receive lesson plans on the CS First website.

Should you have questions on this program, or either of these new benefits, you can reach out to Jenell Leonard, Commissioner of the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.