Awards & Competitions

For Students

DevBootcamp’s Ada Lovelace Scholarship program: Explore Computer Science and STEM Technologies:
Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

The DevBootcamp’s Ada Lovelace Scholarship program is an opportunity for young women, ages between 7 and 17, to participate free of charge in one of the Summer Coding Camps for Kids at UC San Diego, organized by ThoughtSTEM. The company was launched by CSE alumni Stephen Foster (Ph.D. ’14) and Sarah Esper (Ph.D. ’15) as well as Lindsey Handley, a UC San Diego alumna in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The half-day camps are spread out over the summer.

According to Foster, a local company training software developers, Dev Bootcamp, has agreed to fund six young women in the San Diego area to attend individual half-day computer science summer camp sessions held by ThoughtSTEM at UC San Diego. The scholarships are part of the company’s program named for computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program. She was history’s first computer programmer, and the computer-programming language Ada was named in her honor. Each of the six Ada Lovelace scholars will receive full tuition from Dev Bootcamp to any one afternoon camp offered between June and August. (See ThoughtSTEM’s summer schedule for times and topics available based on the grade cohort of the student.)

The summer camps are an opportunity for girls and young women to get experience with graphic design, game design, virtual reality, wearable technology, Python, Java and other programming tools. Specific courses include: Java Programming: Get Creative with Code; Exploring Coding and Engineering; 2D Game Design for Mobile Phones; Electrical Engineering with Arduino; Adventures in Minecraft Modding and Game Design; and many more. The summer camps are open to young women and men, at the standard afternoon early registration fee of $225 (including lunch).

For more information and how to apply, please click here.

For Educators

Cyber Education Discovery Forum California

The conference will take place from June 26-28 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. It is organized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Cyber San Bernardino Center for Learning and Leadership and the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). This conference features professional development for high school teachers that focuses on project-based, cyber security themed activities for the classroom. Teachers will receive resources that include curriculum and tools to implement what is learned at the conference. See this link for details and registration:

Point of contact for the conference is Vicki Baylus:
Vicki Baylus, ROP Data Project Specialist
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
144 Mt. View Avenue, San Bernardino  92408
P: 909-252-4555 F: 909-252-4535

2018 eXploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge
Proposal Deadline: April 28, 2017

NASA is seeking university teams to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems in the 2018 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge. NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division sponsors the X-Hab Challenge as part of its core function to develop foundational technologies and high-priority capabilities that are the building blocks for future human space missions. Topic areas for this year’s challenge include 3-D printing of biologic materials, long-term hygiene, water condensation, replacement power systems and a Mars habitat commonality.

Working with the National Space Grant Foundation, NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division and Space Life and Physical Sciences Division will offer multiple X-Hab 2018 awards of $20,000 to $30,000. These awards will allow winning teams to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2018 timeframe. Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and who currently teach at an accredited university in the U.S. Eligible educators must be teaching a senior or graduate engineering design, industrial design or architecture curriculum that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

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For Both Teacher and Student Award Nominations
Do you know a teacher or student who’s changing the face of computer science – in big ways and small? wants to feature them and is offering prizes for each winner! Please share your nominations to help celebrate students and teachers of all experience levels.
Click here to nominate a Student of the Week, and here to nominate a Teacher of the Month.