If you’re looking to beef up your developer teams, don’t discount talent from coding bootcamps. Many bootcamp graduates are eager to make a career change, get back into the workforce after a leave period or simply add to their existing coding skills. But how can you gauge the quality of the large array of bootcamps to ensure your talent has the coding chops to excel?
CSAIL director Daniela Rus, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hopes people will be able to use the system to incorporate robots that can help with everyday tasks, and that similar systems with rapid printing technologies will enable large-scale customization and production of robots.
LEGO® Education announced today new resources designed for teachers and students to explore coding -- including free lesson plans, online courses for teachers and an invitation to all schools and after-school programs to participate in the new FIRST® LEGO League and FIRST® LEGO League Jr. Challenge season.
Meant for girls ages 6 and up, the robot will help girls learn to see science, technology, engineering and math in a new light.SmartGurlz is a toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls encourage young women to become programmers.
Coding boot camps were supposed to be the next big thing in higher education, promising a compressed, career-focused alternative to traditional graduate school. In the past five years, startups offering these programs have raised millions in investment and won praise from policymakers as an innovative way to prepare (or retrain) workers for the jobs of the digital future.
Cables and screwdrivers cover every corner of a partitioned room where different kids build new robots each week, making cardboard mazes to test their robot trucks or duck their heads as fist-sized drones whiz by. This mechanical playground, Robolink, is a San Diego-based educational technology company, which conducts an annual program that teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals to K-12 students through the building and programming of robots.
While women earn 57.3% of undergraduate college degrees, they receive less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science. This is problematic for several reasons. Women tend to pursue degrees that lead to lower-paying jobs – which is one of the contributing factors in the gender pay gap. But certain STEM careers provide a respite from gender inequalities.
While identifying the root cause for the gender gap that exists among computer science degree holders is difficult, researchers are finding that what happens in an introductory CS college classroom can greatly influence women’s decision to enter or stay out of the programming field.
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.