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A special initiative – Career Champion Adopt a School Program September 13, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in Opportunity.
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This new initiative is a really exciting one, worth reading through to the end and then considering passing on to others in your company or calling Joyce MacEacheron yourself to get involved (contact info below). The NBIT Council has initiated this program to help teachers pioneer new curriculum and initiatives that will introduce students to the unlimited potential of technology.

What is involved?

NBIT Council will match interested Career Champs (you and/or others in your company) with a school that is located in their community, or nearby. These Champions will be a technical support system for teaching professionals to share knowledge and ideas, troubleshoot, and generally give them the confidence to succeed. In addition, they will have opportunities to inspire students directly in the classroom setting and by becoming involved in Computer Clubs at lunch time or after school.

What is the commitment?

The amount of time that Champions spend on the Adopt a School initiative can vary based on your interests and availability. However, as a minimum, we would ask you to commit to the following:

–    A few hours of “prep time” with the teachers as they get ready to present new curriculum

–    Visiting the school during instructional sessions for the duration of the unit. On average, this would be 1 hour/week, for 3-4 weeks.

–    Availability by e-mail to troubleshoot. For example, if a teacher is getting error messages that they do not understand, or if students pose challenging questions.

–    Helping to organize extracurricular Computer Clubs that will allow students extra time to develop their skills and interest in technology

–    Involvement with Demo Days, Science/Tech Fairs, etc.

The first phase of the planned new curriculum is largely based on coding with Scratch, but we expect that this will evolve and expand as teachers become more aware of the potential of including technology in their classes. Career Champions who participate in the Adopt a School program will have a hands-on opportunity to help shape and direct this evolution and, at the same time, to introduce our youth to really cool opportunities in IT!  And having women involved as Career Champions will help spread the word that IT is an excellent and fun career for women as well as men.

Are you interested?

Please contact Joyce MacEacheron at Joyce.MacEacheron@pqa.ca




Mentoring Opportunity in Fredericton (with FHS students) September 3, 2013

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Event, September 2013.
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ACcelR8 will be hosting an event at the Fredericton High School (FHS) to get students excited about tech startups and they need women from the tech startup scene wish to share their story!

When: Sept. 18 with an 8:30AM class, and a 2:30PM class at FHS.

What: Mentor Speed Dating = A focus on tech startups, leading up to National Coding Day.

Interested? Contact Joey O’Kane at ACcelR8 email: joey@accelr8.ca or call: 506.261.8700

Participants will be high school students who are enrolled in FHS’ entrepreneurship class. The mentor will simply explain to a group of students about their career path and provide some ‘words of wisdom’.

This is a great opportunity to support the ICT sector and the entrepreneurial culture shift taking shape in New Brunswick.

NBWICT September 13th Luncheon Event 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: SHE++ Screening September 2, 2013

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Event, September 2013.
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The next luncheon gathering of NB women in ICT will be held on Friday, September 13th in Fredericton, NB.

In partnership with Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), we will be screening the acclaimed documentary. SHE++: Inspiring Women to Empower Computer Science.

Use this opportunity to open the eyes of a friend, neighbour, or daughter regarding the potential of a career in ICT.

Please let your female colleagues know about this event.  You can register for the luncheon at this doodle: http://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y  – registration is free, but seating is limited at this venue. 

On September 13th –  please join us for a movie, lunch and a discussions around the SHE++ documentary. 

When: Friday, September 13th, 2013: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: DJ Purdy’s Lounge – Delta Hotel Fredericton New Brunswick
Movie Screening: SHE++
Registration: (Free, but attendees will be responsible for purchasing their lunch. For our convenience, DJ Purdy’s will be offering a set menu (DJ Purdys Set Menu).

Let us know you are cominghttp://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y

Consider bringing a friend – invite them by sending them to our web blog: https://nbwict.wordpress.com/

SHE++:  Founded in January 2012, SHE++ was Stanford’s first conference on women in technology. In April 2012, the conference hosted a lineup of inspirational women in tech–from companies such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Pinterest, among others–and 250+ attendees on Stanford’s campus. After positive feedback from attendees, mentors, and the press, they have decided to expand SHE++ into a full-fledged community that inspires women to empower computer science. Through a number of initiatives, they aim to create community and momentum for female technologists. Learn more about SHE++: http://sheplusplus.stanford.edu/index.php

Looking forward to seeing everyone – please let us know you are coming by registering: http://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y

Upcoming Events of Interest for September 2013 September 2, 2013

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Event, September 2013.
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A few events you may be interested in:

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