At Coolest Projects, young makers bring projects to share with fellow creators and with the public, and they explore others’ work. Outstanding entries can win awards in different categories. All Coolest Projects events are free to enter and free to attend, giving more people the opportunity to become inspired to create with technology.
Coolest Projects takes place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and North America. Broadcom Foundation sponsored the first Coolest Projects in North America at the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, California on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build
Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build makes software coding and applied mathematics skill-building accessible to middle school students who are underrepresented in computing fields, including underserved children and young women. The program aims to enlighten students about rewarding career paths that require coding through presentations by Broadcom Inc. engineers and other computing “rock stars” who inspire them to continue their studies in algebra. The program partnership strives to:
Incorporate 21st Century skills (critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity through trial and error).
Create user-friendly, developmentally-appropriate practices to demystify computer technology using the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.
Connect coding and mathematics to early understanding of the variety of trending careers in STEM, such as computer-generated imagery and digital arts.
Leverage dynamic partnerships with other informal learning institutions and STEM stakeholders around the US and abroad.
Broadcom Foundation and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., created Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build as a scalable, out-of-school education experience for middle school students. The day-long comprehensive program features interactive math events and coding workshops with the Raspberry Pi to enable students to learn team-building and the principles of computer science through project-based learning.
The Broadcom Foundation supports STEM education for young people throughout the world in order to inspire and enable the next generation of scientists and engineers. In addition to its signature programs, the Broadcom Foundation is collaborating with stakeholders to create STEM Ecosystems in the United States and around the world.
Sponsored by the National STEM Funders Network, of which Broadcom Foundation is a founding member, the STEM Ecosystem Initiative is a nationwide program designed to create opportunities for young people to have equitable access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math through formal and informal learning pathways. It aspires to the goal of ensuring that every student residing in a region where the STEM Ecosystem Initiative is in place will become STEM literate, with the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity that will prepare him or her for the array of college and career opportunities that await.
The STEM Ecosystems in regions where Broadcom Inc. and Broadcom Foundation have a presence are the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem, Orange County STEM Ecosystem and ecosystems in Boston, Colorado, Texas and Georgia. International STEM Ecosystems are being developed in Israel, Singapore and China.