$35 Amazon Fire tablet

The Amazon Fire tablet will be on sale for $35 on Black Friday.
I’ve been experimenting with one for the past few days, and if you want an inexpensive tablet for your classroom, this is a good option.   It can be set up to run the Google PlayStore and the standard Google/Android apps (Maps, Gmail, etc.)
It’s available at Amazon and at Best Buy.
I’m also mentioning it to my students, in case they or someone at home needs an inexpensive tablet.
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Fifty for the Future

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is pleased to announce that the search for this year’s Fifty for the Future® has begun.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self- nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 9th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation’s work with industry and academia in bringing real world experiences into the classroom to assure a steady stream of future technology workers and leaders for Illinois.

The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before March 15, 2016.

Student self-nominations and faculty nominations are open at http://illinoistechfoundation.org/itf-programs/fifty-for-the-future-celebration/

The Braven Awards – Free Event


Come see an afternoon of brave storytelling. 7 women will be sharing their journeys entering tech and computer science. The live event will be filmed and used to inspire young people around the world to embrace fear and stay brave as they take on learning to code.

Sunday, November 15th from 1-2:30pm at Stage 773 (225 W Belmont Ave).

Cost is free! RSVP here: https://goo.gl/VMlUXp


Community Safety App Hackathon 2015

Community Safety App Hackathon

CPS and the Chicago Police Department created this exclusive event for highly motivated students in high school STEM programs. This exciting free event will be held at the 1871 startup incubator at the venerable Merchandise Mart.
Students will have the chance to work alongside policemen, tech pros, and entrepreneurs while competing against other CPS students. The results from each team will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Winning app ideas will actually be used to fight crime and help the community.

Awesome prizes, lunch, people and an unforgettable experience are awaiting! This is also a great opportunity for your students to earn Service Learning hours so select and register your student team today. Additional program information will be sent to you after registration.

Center for College Access and Success Paid Opportunity

National Science Foundation – Assessing Computational Thinking in Making Activities (ACTMA)

The CCAS is looking for interested high school students who have already taken, or are currently enrolled in, physics and / or making classes.

See attached flyer for details and apply at http://goo.gl/forms/ZPobfdl0ez. They are almost done with interviews, so act fast if interested!


National Security Agency’s Stokes Education Scholarship Program

Congressman Stokes, an African American congressmen, believed more minorities needed to go to college, and helped create the Stokes Education Scholarship Program. This is for high school students who will major in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering. They will be full time employees at the NSA, attend the college of their choice, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees; and work during the summers at NSA.

Stokes Students must work for NSA after graduation or pay back their tuition.

Applications are accepted September 1st – November 15th of each year https://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/stokes.shtml

While its purpose is to facilitate the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA, NSA is a federal agency and can’t discriminate.

Additional contact info:
Craig Holcomb
National Security Agency, Senior Compliance Officer (Retired)
Chair, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board for Baltimore County Maryland