STEM

2016 Nature’s Alliance – Reagan HS

Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative: In 2014 the National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network partnered together to create the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative (CCCN) with the goal of helping city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from city parks to the great outdoors. The initiative believes that City leaders have extensive tools at their disposal to connect young people Continue Reading >

2016 Community First! Village – African American Youth Harvest Foundation

Background: Mobile Loaves & Fishes began in 1998 when five parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church began delivering meals out of the back of a minivan to men and women they found living on the streets of their city. Since that first truck run, teams of volunteers have served over 4 million meals, and are the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin. Today, in addition to continuing our truck ministry, we have expanded to include our Community Continue Reading >

5 Tips for Young Women with Disabilities on Finding a Career in STEM

According to the National Science Board’s Science & Engineering Indicators 2016 report, demographic groups with lower rates of participation – such as women – have long been viewed as an “underutilized source of human capital” in the science and engineering fields, particularly as focus has grown on the need for the United States to expand its capabilities in these areas. For young women with disabilities, STEM careers can not only provide suitable work environments for many types of Continue Reading >

From Africa to Austin: How a passion for STEM crossed the Atlantic Ocean

Skillpoint is excited to introduce its new Velocity Program Lead, Sara Silva. Sara specializes in sparking students’ interest in STEM-related fields by connecting them with industry and community via relevant, hands-on work experience through the Velocity program. At Skillpoint, Sara oversees the delivery of the Velocity program; connects with schools and industry partners; and trains Velocity facilitators to ensure quality of the program. Before joining Skillpoint, Sara spent 20 years in Continue Reading >

Kickstarting STEM in Austin High Schools with Velocity

We are a month into this year’s Velocity programming and everyone is off to a great start. We have three projects happening at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, with students working on everything from Solar Design to self-irrigating gardens! And did you know we’re blogging about our process over at the State Farm Youth Advisory Board? We’re proud to be a recipient of their youth-led service-learning project grants for one of our Velocity Prep projects this summer, and to keep Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Dragonots Roaring Toward the 2015 FLL Season

It’s that time of year: FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams across central Texas are gearing up for competition by putting final touches on their projects and brushing up their code. We had the opportunity to catch up with Allison Dragonots, who were interviewed by FIRST in Texas a year ago. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an FLL season, both for the teams and for Skillpoint. Our Robotics Coordinator Noah is hard at work securing plans for the competitions in early December, and Continue Reading >

A Spotlight on the Multi-Gen Series: Guadalupe Lopez

On July 6th, Skillpoint launched its multi-generational series that combines adult and children learning to serve entire families through a single program, a first for Skillpoint.  Guadalupe Lopez, a mother of two, was among the first families to enroll in and successfully complete the program. Lopez learned about the multi-gen program through a presentation by Skillpoint's Empower Program. Aware of the technology’s presence in the workplace but not confident in her skills to succeed in the Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Taking Leadership with the Velocity Program

Educating and encouraging our youth to become leaders is an important step towards fulfilling our mission of providing educational opportunities that lead to college and career success for our citizens. At Skillpoint Alliance, we provide various programs that help students experience the innovation of STEM related careers and education that are essential to competing in today's competitive job market. Our velocity program in particular, provides high school students with over 120 hours of Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Finding Your Path to Success Through The Gateway Program

The Gateway Rapid Workforce Training Program at Skillpoint Alliance provides valuable training and education for Texans looking to gain the skills and knowledge to successfully attain entry-level employment. In just four to eight weeks, participants who enroll in the Gateway Program can become certified in the Construction, Machine Operator, HVAC, Electrical or Nursing fields. They also learn soft skills such as preparing a resume, acing a job interview and communicating professionally with Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: FIRST Robotics Team the Lady Cans

Girl Scouts of Central Texas FIRST Robotics Team #2881, known as the Lady Cans, is a group of talented young women who year after year participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The troop is led by Girl Scout Mentor Susie Rich, an important role model for the girls on the importance of upholding the values of FIRST and Girl Scouts. As a team they exemplify the power of teamwork, organization, and commitment to excellence The Lady Cans work hard both off season and during the building Continue Reading >