Congrats to the Central Texas FIRST 2014 World Championship Award Winners

Last week, more than 12,000 students from around the globe traveled to St. Louis, MO, to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome. The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of a roaring crowd of 20,000 when four teams from San Jose, CA, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Holland, MI, and our very own Dallas, TX won the coveted FIRST® Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance Co-Hosts Central Texas Global Game Jam with The University of Texas at Austin

Last weekend, The University of Texas at Austin’s Game Development Program and Skillpoint Alliance co-hosted the Central Texas Global Game Jam (GGJ). The GGJ is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, people could come together, be creative, share experiences, and express themselves in a multitude of ways using video games. The GGJ encouraged people with all kinds of Continue Reading >

Event Recap: 17th Annual College and Career Expo

High school students from all over Central Texas gathered together early in the morning on October 10th at the Skillpoint Alliance’s 17th annual College and Career Expo. 3000 students came to receive information and guidance for choosing their post-secondary education and future career path. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Skillpoint Alliance hosted the 17th Annual College & Career Expo, presented by Samsung Austin Semiconductor, CCE included comprehensive information on college Continue Reading >

Upcoming Event: Velocity Capstone presentations

The STEM Council is excited to announce that three groups of area students participating in the Velocity Capstone program will present their findings this month. These students, from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Del Valle High School, have spent the last semester tackling an issue faced by a company. Skillpoint’s industry or community partner serves as the Velocity client, “employing” the students as a consulting company to provide over 3,000 hours of work on an issue of Continue Reading >

Tips for a successful College & Career Expo

The College & Career Expo is only a short five months away, so we're taking a second on our blog to bequeath a few of our veteran knowledge to area businesses who are considering about a booth or sponsorship this year: Sign up early. We're letting the early bird get the worm this year with a 15 percent off the price of a booth for those that sign up before June 15. You'll also be giving yourself plenty of time to make your booth the best it can be. Plan something fun. Your booth is Continue Reading >

Happy Earth Day from GreenTech STEM Program Coordinator Leah Grossman

Happy Earth Day! Leah Grossman, coordinator of all things GreenTech and STEM, here. What I love about Earth Day is it is an opportunity to explore all of the initiatives that are happening in our community that are all working towards a common goal. Part of what we do here at Skillpoint is getting the innovators and designers of the future excited about pursuing careers in these fields.  As the new Green Tech Program Coordinator, I have been helping to coordinate our various High School Continue Reading >

STEM Council rolling out FutureCity program this summer

This summer, we are rolling out a new STEM Council program, FutureCity. We're starting with a FutureCity STEM Innovation Camp for ages 10-14 this July and then kicking off a FutureCity season this fall. FutureCity is a national program to introduce middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grades) to engineering with project-based learning using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software to imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students will tackle engineering challenges, research solutions and Continue Reading >

Be Nerdy this summer with our Adult Workforce team

Online tools, open-source software, social media-- all of these are free ways that technology can make your life easier (and cheaper!). The Empower team is very well-versed in all things technology; in the last twelve years, they have helped more than 5,300 Austinites join the ranks of the computer-literate with plans to help thousands more in the next twelve. The classes are on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Skillpoint Alliance's downtown lab. The first class, You're Invited!, will be on May Continue Reading >

Need a job this summer? We’re hiring!

Skillpoint Alliance is seeking quite a few enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to join our STEM Council team this summer. The positions, all full-time and temporary, include: STEM Innovation Camp Instructors STEM Innovation Camp Manager Velocity Prep Facilitation Interns Each of these is a rewarding experience helping students learn and grow in the science, technology, engineering and math fields while having fun. For more information about our STEM Innovation Camps, visit the website Continue Reading >

Sign up now for a STEM Innovation Camp

Summer is fast approaching. For most Austin students, this means no school, no class and no homework for two months. However, we say that this does not and should not mean no learning. Did you know? More than 100 years of research confirms that all students experience some loss of skills learned over the summer. In addition, most students lose about 2.6 months of their grade level equivalency in mathematics over the summer months. The bottom line? Getting your student engaged in some type of Continue Reading >