SVEF is committed to identifying and finding solutions to computer sciences needs in San Mateo and Santa Clara County school districts. SVEF’s Computer Science Institute (CSI) program piloted in 2019, provides learning experiences to communities furthest from opportunity by introducing the foundations of computer science through the lens of making and design thinking in order to promote the continued pursuit of computer science learning in the future.
“Thank you for providing us with this amazing and once in a lifetime experience! I’ve really enjoyed every second I've spent in this class and hope to join again. I loved all the projects you gave and had a wonderful time coding with the tools you gave us. One of my favorite projects that I'm really proud of is the mini golf project. I got to use my servo making obstacles for the golf ball. In the future I will try my hardest to become an engineer and maybe even teach other kids. Overall I had the best time in this camp and I appreciate all the SVEF members for using all your time to help us learn and grow.” -7th grade student
CSI programs are offered by students identified by participating school districts. Rising 7th – 10th grade students who are selected, are invited to enroll for our Summer 2021 CSI program
Project-based computer science curriculum which is aligned with CS standards and takes a constructivist approach.
7-8th grade curriculum- a project driven curriculum designed to equip students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn practical programming skills and will have the opportunity to practice their skills through physical computing using a tiny device called the Micro:bit.
A key partnership SVEF has is with Code.org, a leader in computer science outreach and official sponsor of the nation-wide Hour of Code. Every December, CSI organizes Hour of Code and Code Night events in schools across the Bay Area.
CSI also supports teachers in computer science through Code.org professional development. We are excited to host our fifth computer science cohort for the 2020-2021 school year. Over 74 teachers from over 35 Bay Area school districts have participated in Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles training with SVEF!
WELLS FARGO CHANGE THE FUTURE GRANT
Wells Fargo and SVEF have partnered again to offer mid-size grants to schools with 50% or above free and/or reduced lunch in Santa Clara County. Schools had the opportunity to apply for up to $5000 to start or continue a computer science program in their school. The grants can be used to purchase equipment or software that will enhance the experience of the students. They can also be used to help fund professional development for teachers.
The grant winners for the 2019-20 school year were announced February 2020:
Thomas Ryan Elementary (Alum Rock Unified)
Horace Cureton Elementary (Alum Rock Unified School District)
James Lick High School (East Side Union School District)
LeyVa Middle School (Evergreen School District)
Sunrise Middle School (SCCOE)
Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School (Alum Rock Unified School District)
Downtown College Prep El Primero High School (San Jose Unified School District)
Orchard Elementary (Orchard School District)
Eliot Elementary (Gilroy Unified School District)