Four STEM Organizations Receive Charitable Donations from Stoneridge
Stoneridge Software remains dedicated to giving back to the community with its annual donation to STEM-related programs that encourage further interest or careers in technology. This year, Stoneridge contributed $1,800 to four different organizations: $500 to Code Savvy, $500 to Aspiration Awards for Women in Computing, $400 of the Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship fund, and $400 to the Clay County MN, Barnesville Lego League.
Code Savvy is a non-profit organization built to inspire kids and teens to become code-savvy. It creates and fosters programs and services that help kids understand the kind of creative thinking that goes into coding, and to experience programming computers and devices. By doing this, Code Savvy is determined to bring more gender and ethnic diversity to computer science.
Code Savvy achieves its mission by supporting a number of open and free coding classes such as the Twin Cities CoderDojo, the girls-only Rebecca CoderDojo and various local coder clubs. It also facilitates Technovation[MN], a local app development competition for local teen girls. Code Savvy also offers services and programs for educators through its Get With The Program workshops, Educators Cohort, and the Coding In The Classroom Summit.
Code Savvy is a central resource for local advocates and champions for the advancement of youth computer science. Through its connections and vision, it is able to activate programs and services that give real-world coding experience to the kids who need it most.
Women in Computing
The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1978 and is one of the first professional organizations for women in computing. AWC is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the computing professions. Its members include many types of computer professionals, such as programmers, system analysts, operators, technical writers, Internet specialists, trainers and consultants.
The purpose of AWC is to provide opportunities for professional growth through networking and through programs on technical and career-oriented topics. AWC encourages high standards of competence and promotes a professional attitude among its members. It is governed by a board of directors representing all of the local chapters.
Minnesota High Tech Foundation
MHTA, or the Minnesota High Tech Association, is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. It helps bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol and the local affiliate for our global partner, TECNA.
Each year, thousands of technology professionals and students make meaningful connections and advance their careers through MHTA’s respected programs, educational opportunities and networking events.
Clay County Barnesville Lego League
FIRST LEGO League in Minnesota (MN FLL) is part of an international robotics program that includes more than 200,000 kids in 63 countries. The Barnesville Lego League is organized through Clay County, Minnesota 4-H.
Teams collaborate to build and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface (the Robot Game) and create an innovative solution to a problem correlated to the yearly theme (the Project), all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements; the Robot Game, the Project, and FLL Core Values make up what is called The Challenge.
This team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It spurs innovation, develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology.