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Jessie Chavez, a Google Engineer, will be giving a presentation at NCAR that will focus on his work and passion at Google. “Do cool things that matter” at the NCAR Mesa Lab. May 12, at 10AM. "Current projections show we will have 1.4 million new computing jobs by 2018, but a recent report from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) found that only nine states count high school computer science courses as a core academic subject in graduation requirements. You don’t have to be an engineer to do the math here—if things stay this way, there will be a shortage of skilled workers to fill these valuable jobs."
As part of motivating students to enter the Computer Science and STEM disciplines, particularly students from underrepresented groups, software engineers at Google participate in an ongoing outreach program giving presentations, leading activities, and sharing engaging videos with student groups. Jessie will be giving that presentation to Boulder area students visiting NCAR. In addition, Jessie will be highlighting ideas with NCAR scientists that may help in motivating students to seek STEM careers.
This talk is geared towards the local area High School and Middle School students because, here at NCAR, we want to show the next generation of scientists the career opportunities available to them. This presentation is a great opportunity for students of all levels to come to NCAR and interact with scientists and community role models to get inspired to follow a career in the STEM fields. After the main presentation, we are planning on a small gathering to allow visiting students to interact with Jessie and NCAR scientists in a very welcoming environment.
This is a call to the NCAR community to please attend this event and support education and diversity efforts. Your attendance and interaction with the visiting students can make a big difference in their career choices. Please attend!
The event will take place May 12, at 10 AM. at the NCAR Mesa Lab Main Auditorium and is open to all (please forwrad this invitation to anyone interested, NCAR and Non-NCAR)