Tag Archives: Vermont

Maker Faire coming to downtown Rutland on August 1st

maker_faire_logoThe Rutland Mini Maker Faire (rutlandmakers.org) is calling all makers!  The homepage for RutlandMakers.org has several helpful links to help you learn about Maker Faires and how you can apply to participate in the Rutland event, or volunteer at this event.

This event will be held in conjunction with the annual downtown Rutland Sidewalk Sale and Circus.

Young Hacks Academy Coming to Rutland in July

I recently found out through a Front Porch Forum email ad that there is a new summer camp which includes some computer programming skills training.  The camp is called Young Hacks Academy and will offer programs around Vermont this summer, including two weeks in Rutland.

The YHA uses Scratch programming (MIT Media Lab) to teach some basic programming, logic and problem solving skills.  This is the same programming tool that we covered at our recent RTC event in April.  Anyone wanting to learn more about Scratch programming should check out this learning opportunity.  YHA is coming to Rutland the weeks of July 7 – 11 and July 14 -18.  The summer camp will take place at Christ the King School.  For more info, check out the YHA website.

Getting young women interested in STEM

Here is a November 24th article from Rutland Herald about the STEM Equity Pipeline program in Vermont: Vermont career centers push for more young women in STEM.

In the latest effort to close the gap, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity — a National Science Foundation-funded program — chose Vermont to participate in the STEM Equity Pipeline, which will “develop strategies to increase female student participation and completion in STEM,” according to a statement.

The two-year project establishes a Career Technical Education workgroup, made up of public- and private-sector leaders from across the state. Team members include participants from the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont Department of Labor, the state’s Commission on Women, the Community College of Vermont, Stafford Technical Center, and Burton Snowboards, among others.

Note: You many need to have an online subscription to the Rutland Herald to view above article link.

Here is the website for nation program of STEM Equity Pipeline.

Here is the contact information for Vermont’s STEM Equity Pipeline program.

On a related note, I participated in this year’s VT Hackathon on October 11-12 in Winooski, with two other friends (we are all alumni from Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro, MSIE 2007).  One of the featured orgs at this year’s VT Hackathon was Girl Develop IT, which has a Burlington, VT chapter.

If there any female tech geeks out there, please consider attending the Brainstorm meeting for Rutland Tech Club at the Rutland Free Library, Fox Room, January 11, 2014, from 1-3 PM.