A New Perspective: VR with Changing Expectations

Carver Museum Student Workshop May 13th

Changing Expectations had the pleasure of hosting a student workshop at the Carver Museum with the help of our partners Google Fiber and Mozilla! This workshop aimed to introduce students to new ideas in STEM and advances in virtual reality technology. 

With VR being a rapidly expanding and fascinating field in tech, there has never been a better time to learn how it works and were the industry is taking it. Our friends over at Mozilla wrote an awesome blog on their experience with us. You can check it out here

Click through our gallery to see some of the cool stuff we did and then head over to our programs tab to sign up for events like this one!

Changing Expectations June 12-16th WeTeach_CS Computer Science Collaborative

Learning to Teach STEM in the Classroom!

This past week Changing Expectations had the pleasure of hosting a teacher workshop with 20 members of our computer science collaborative. Our founder, Phillip Eaglin, led the group in learning coding skills that make it easy for these teachers to educate their students on valuable STEM skills. 

Check out our computer science teacher collaborative in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s STEM Education Center.

Google One Today

A New Way to Give

Google One Today gives people the opportunity to give to the organizations they already love while exploring non-profits they've never heard of. The easy to use app shows users how 1 dollar a day makes a deference to the causes and people non-profits are fighting for around the globe. 

Changing Expectations is signed up through this amazing Google app and we are excited to say that we were a featured non-profit on One Today's website!

Head over to our feature to learn more and explore the work One Today is doing with other non-profits! 

Online Coding Resources for Parents

How to Introduce Your Kids to Code

Interested in getting your kids involved with coding?  There are hundreds of resources on the internet that can help your child start down the path to gaining a very rewarding skill set. For a more in-depth experience consider finding local coding camps and programs!

Changing Expectations is proud to offer coding and makerspace classes in Central Texas that provide your children with hands on training. Read our suggestions for online coding resources then head over to our programs tab to sign up for coding classes with Changing Expectations!

 

A few suggestions to get you started:

  • Kids Code Jeunesse: Teaches free computing classes in schools and offers free lessons and resources for parents. If you’d like your child to learn to code in school, have their teacher or principal contact Kids Code Jeunesse.
  • National Girls Learning Code Day: On November 7, 2015, girls between 8 - 13 can learn HTML & CSS to make their very first websites. For free!
  • Robot Turtles: A crowd-funded board game for ages four and up. Teaches basic coding skills and computational thinking.
  • SCRATCH: A program from MIT that lets kids create games and animations without learning programming text—it’s a drag-and-drop way to learn computer concepts and have fun.
  • Raspberry Pi: An inexpensive (about $50) credit-card sized computer that can be programmed just like a desktop PC.  Can be used as a learning tool and a full-service computer by kids and adults alike!
  • LEGO WeDo: The step between traditional building blocks and robotics, this Lego series allows kids to build models with programmable motors and sensor.
  • Kodable: Designed for users as young as five, this iPad app boasts the tagline “Learn to code before you know how to read.” It uses games that subtly teach coding with few instructions.
  • Tynker: For kids who can already read, this app for Android and iOS helps teach programming logic with visual code blocks.

 

Head over to our parenting tab for more info and don’t forget to check out our upcoming, makerspace and coding events! Sign up while availability lasts!

CSforAll

Computer Science for All

is a bold new initiative to empower all US students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world.

Changing Expectations is a proud Consortium Member of CSforAll. We are committed to providing K-12 and higher education STEMlearning opportunities to alleviate diverse talent shortages and advance the future STEM and computing workforce by inspiring and preparing K-12 and college students.  We particularly focus on preparing and supporting those who are underrepresented in STEM fields: female, low income, and students of color–to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math related fields. 

Check out CSforAll's webpage to see the work being done on the national stage. For a look at how to get involved locally, head over to our programs page

White House Visit

Changing Expectations Visits the White House!

Changing Expectations received a personal invitation to the White House Conference on Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color on October 28, 2016 and to the My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Roundtable Discussion on Opening Doors and Creating Opportunities on October 27, 2016.  Ten boys of color from the Changing Expectations My Brother’s Keeper Coding Makerspace and their parents attended the White House Events with Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Changing Expectations Founder.

Check out the White Houses's announcement on advancing STEM for all on Active Learning Day! 

Potbelly's Profit Share

Hello all! 

Changing Expectations is excited to invite you to our profit share on June 10th from 2-5 pm at the Lakeline Potbelly’s. 25% of the proceeds will help our non-profit offer Texas K-12 teachers and students hands-on coding classes, camps and makerspaces. 

Please like our Facebook page and follow for updates on this event and more from the Changing Expectations team!

Amazonsmile

Smile!

Amazon has created a way to give to the causes you care about while purchasing the things you want and love! With Amazonsmile .5% of your purchase will go to participating charities, including Changing Expectations! All the products you know and love at your fingertips through a unique portal that automatically donates for you upon purchase!

Click the button and discover a new way to donate!