Coolest Projects USA is a world-leading technology showcase that empowers the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers, and entrepreneurs. Coolest Projects is a Raspberry Pi Foundation initiative.
The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and reward innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7 to 17.
The third annual Coolest Projects USA event took place on March 7, 2020 at the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, CA. Learn more about the young creators’ amazing projects.
DIGITAL MAKING AT HOME
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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.
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 programs for young people throughout the US and the world in order to inspire and empower the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Foundation collaborates with stakeholders in formal and informal education settings of the STEM Ecosystems to insure equity and access to STEM learning.
Sponsored by the National STEM Funders Network, of which Broadcom Foundation is a founding member, the STEM Ecosystem Initiative is a nationwide movement designed to create opportunities for ALL young people, regardless of gender, race and ethnicity and have equitable access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math through formal and informal learning pathways. It aspires to ensure that every student residing in a region where a STEM Ecosystem is in place can be STEM proficient, with the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. These skills 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 include the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem, Orange County STEM Ecosystem and ecosystems in Boston, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas and Georgia. International STEM Ecosystems include Israel and Mexico.
To learn more about STEM Ecosystems, please visit the 2019 Annual Report