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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

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Girls Who Code creates programs that work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Girls Who Code 2014 Summer Immersion Program is an innovative approach to computer science education pairing 7 weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career focused mentorship, and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.


  • Juniors or Seniors in high school
  • Committed to attending the 7 week long program in their respective location. Program runs Monday - Friday from 9 am until 4 pm
  • Must commute to the program, Girls Who Code does not provide housing or transportation

Girls Who Code values a diverse classroom and strongly encourage applications from all ambitious girls interested in exploring opportunities in technology and computer science. Prior computer science experience is not required! They would like to have girls from various ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.Read more

Volunteers Needed for Education Program

Bridget Navarro is an alum of MIT. She is starting an after school program for middle and high school students to help improve their problem solving and digital literacy skills through technology. She is looking for volunteers ages 19 to late 20's, preferably current or former college students. These volunteers will help design mini research projects in various subjects for the students. Volunteers must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. The time commitment for this volunteer opporunity is a minimum of 2 hours per week. The pilot program is set to take place in November at Fenway High School located at 174 Ipswich Street in Boston, MA, 02215.


For more information please contact Bridget at bridgetn@alum.mit.edu

Using Technology to Help Communities Reach Their Goals

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Numerous research institutions and organizations in the Boston area have the resources to amass large quantities of data that can be used to inform the public on various issues in communities such as public safety, public health, the economy, civic health, and education to name a few examples. This data has the potential to drive social change by influencing public policy officials. However, what do community organizations or residents do if they are unable to easily access these important sources of data?  

The Boston Foundation recognizes how important it is to democratize access to high quality data and information as well as make that data easy to visualize for the general public. On Tuesday, November 27, they unveiled their new website, BostonIndicators.org, at the Boston Hub of Innovation Forum. The website takes complicated data from ten key sectors and six cross-cutting topics and makes it accessible to the public through it's easy to navigate website and visualizations of data.Read more

Tech for Engagement: 7 Skills Needed

How can technology be leveraged to increase community engagement, and ultimately help transform our democracy? Building on its important Tech for Engagement grant funding, the Knight Foundation convened a Technology for Engagement Summit at MIT earlier this year. Fortunately, for those of us interested in the topic who didn't have a chance to participate, we can read about the summit highlights through this report released earlier this month. This report captures some of the innovative Tech for Engagement initiatives and discusses some of the challenges in building the field. Read more

Can Technology Fuel Face-to-Face Social Capital?

Is technology key for building trust and social capital in today's world? That's a key point made in an interesting Fast Company article, "Community Revival: How Technology is Reconstructing our Shared Lives", by Nicole Skibola. She focuses on "Generation Yers"  significant desire to contribute, albeit in forms that might not be recognized by older generations. Skibola cites innovative projects such as Skillshare that helps people share their skills with strangers.Read more

Teaching 21st Century Skills By Practicing Them

Last week, Woburn Public Schools (WPS) Superintendent Mark Donovan stopped by the International Learning Center to meet the the student leadership team that is working with us to plan the WorldFest Woburn multi-cultural festival. These adult learners are recent immigrants from over twenty countries, participating in a wonderful program offered by the YMCA of Greater Boston.

During this meeting, we were exploring ways that the WPS students and their families could get more involved in the WorldFest event this year. Mr. Donovan embraced this idea eagerly, noting that there are now over 50 languages spoken at home by the WPS students. When I went to WPS over 20 years ago, I suspect I could have counted the number of languages spoken by students on my fingers. Mr. Donovan spoke passionately about how in our increasingly diverse communities and global economy, appreciation of different cultures and ability to work effectively across difference as a vital "21st century skill". That is for sure!Read more

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