I believe that to provide the best education for my students I need to go beyond the traditional classroom. All of my classes include guest speakers, field trips, and coding competitions. These activities show my students what career opportunities they have in CS and connects them with people in the software industry.
The Girls Who Code club have a Zoom talk with Shannon, A Leadership Recruiter for FaceBook, to learn what it is like to work at one of the coolest worksites in the world and how to get jobs at high end technology companies.
With software developers from Oracle, Our students learn programming in a fun way: Alice, Chuck, My Friend for Programming Music, Fun with Python Programming, Play Soccer with Lego Mindstorms, Programming the Finch Robot in Greenfoot, and Squishy Circuits.
One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. Our students get this opportunity at our annual 5th/6th C-STEM day where my students create lessons, design activities, and teach coding and robotics to local 5th and 6th graders.
Students visit DMG Mori to learn how high end milling machines are made in one of the most advanced factories in the world through automation combined with a highly skilled workforce.
Our students learn that you can be a computer scientist no matter what your background is, what it is like to be a CS contractor, and what the pros and cons of being an independent programmer or working for a company are.
Students at Franklin High compete at the RoboPlay Challenge Manufacturing & Automation competition at the UC Davis C-STEM Center. Students use teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving skills and programming to solve challenges that were created by local engineers.
Students get an inside look at how programming is used to make the most advanced underwater robot in the world at Schilling Robotics / TechnipFMC.
Franklin High students compete in a first-class computer programming competition in a high-tech setting, a wide range of programming challenges, plenty of programmer food, music, plus giveaways--all in an exciting, stimulating, and competitive environment.
Mac Clemmons, CEO of Digital, talks about his computer science path, his company, the tools you need to be a web developer, what he looks for in new employees, and the successful steps he takes to develop and maintain a website for customers.
Our students join two local programmers at the Hacker Lab to learn how to write code that has an Avatar interact with his/her environment.