Silicon STEM Academy - Denver CO
Unleash your inner geek!
Silicon STEM Academy | 4201 E. Yale Avenue - Suite 130, Denver, CO 80222
For more information, CALL 303-800-0011
or register for courses here
For more information, CALL 303-800-0011
or register for courses here
STEM Academy Denver

University of Denver Brain Rounds

Silicon STEM Academy To Present At University of Denver Brain Rounds

February 22, DENVER – Silicon STEM Academy (SSA), a technical training company in Denver dedicated to teaching students of all ages computer programming, robotics, digital media and other technology skills, has announced that John Scarborough, co-founder and managing director, will present at the University of Denver Brain Rounds on Friday, February 24, 2017 beginning at 12:00PM. Brain Rounds are free monthly lectures in translational science focused on neurology, psychology, biology, and neuroscience.
 
Scarborough’s lecture, titled “In The Shadow of Geeks”, is a light-hearted lecture about his observations and research on our emerging tech generation, “Generation Z”, and how today’s tech-kid is innately more technically advanced than we could have realized.  

“Most of us have had the experience of asking a young person for help with a computer or smart phone when we can’t figure something out…they are younger and just get-it,” said John Scarborough, co-founder of Silicon STEM Academy. “I’m really thrilled to be a part of the lecture series and to be able to share my experiences about teaching some of these remarkable students, and more importantly, what I’ve been able to learn from them.”

This lecture series is held once a month through May 2017 and are held at the Sturm Hall, in the Lindsay Auditorium at the University of Denver. See the Center for Professional Development or online for more details.


About Silicon STEM Academy
Silicon STEM Academy is a technology training program geared toward students of all ages. Designed to meet the needs of tech students where schools and colleges struggle to keep up with industry standards, it provides real-world technology skills in a fun, hands-on and collaborative workspace. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Silicon STEM was co-founded by successful technology executives and educators who saw the lack of a technology-skilled workforce.

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Silicon STEM Academy Recognized by Colorado Parent Magazine as 2016 Family Favorite

Silicon STEM Academy awarded by Colorado MagazineAugust. 30, 2016, DENVER – Silicon STEM Academy (SSA), a technical training and learning center in Denver dedicated to teaching middle and high school students computer programming, robotics, digital media and other technology skills, has been recognized by Colorado Parent Magazine as one of the Top 5 Family Favorites for 2016. Included in the “Lessons and Camps” category, SSA was among a select group of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) providers.

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University of Denver and Silicon STEM Academy Launch “STEM for Grown-Ups”

PRESS RELEASE:  May 3, 2016

DENVER – The University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development and Silicon STEM Academy (SSA), have partnered to provide “STEM for Grown-Ups”, a new curriculum of interactive STEM-Intensive CEU courses and pathways for teachers and other professionals.

Professional Development Courses - STEM classes Denver

The Continuing Education programs cover a range of tech curriculum and coursework including computer programming, mobile application development, robotics, electronics, digital media and a craft-technology course.

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Testimonial Supporting HB-1289: from John Scarborough, co-founder of Silicon STEM Academy

"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of today’s proceedings to share with you my personal experience and the economic importance of passing House Bill 1289.

John Scarborough - Testimony for House Bill 1289

My name is John Scarborough and I am a Denver citizen, a husband of 25 years, the father of 2 sons; one a Colorado School of Mines, and the other, a soon-to-be freshman at CSU. I spent nearly 20 years in senior executive roles for major corporations. After that, I co-founded, operated and successfully sold two technology companies to larger tech companies, one to Cisco Systems and the other to MegaPath Communications.

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An After-School Activity for the Tech-Inclined

This after-school technology training academy expands on traditional STEM curriculum.

BY HEATHER MUNDT
MARCH 9 2016, 4:00 PM

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 - Photo courtesy of ShutterStock

If you listen closely as you walk into Denver’s Silicon STEM Academy in University Park, there’s hardly any racket of students or teachers pleading for quiet. Instead, you’ll hear the clicking of computer keyboards and the modest beeping of triggered circuit-board sensors, all amid the collaboration between instructor and pupil. “They’re here because they want to be here,” says Coding 101 Instructor Eileen Adair. “Here there’s no test, no quiz. They’re all here for the sake of learning.”

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Teaching Tech at Silicon STEM Academy

Welcome to Denver's one-stop shop for all things high-tech, offering unique after-school classes for kids -- and adults, too.

Inside Silicon STEM Academy's five-room suite in southeast Denver, a soundboard with graphite conductive paint and copper wiring shows students the creative side of coding. There's a spider plant that's outfitted with a detector to sense its moisture levels. "My next project is to get the plant to text me," says co-founder John Scarborough.

Technology Classes For Kids Denver CO

View full article at Confluence - Denver >>

Article on Confluence - Denver
February 10 2016
 - JAMIE SIEBRASE

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Girls Who Code - On "The Daily Show"

Our timing couldn't be better.  See why girls are an important part of our technology future!

We offer coding as well as engineering and "craft tech" courses that allow girls to feel comfortable learning new technologies and relevant use of their creativity in today's world. 

Call us for more information on upcoming "girls only" courses as well!

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Minecraft Monopoly

A frustrated Mom and I were chatting the other day and she was telling me how much she hates how her daughter shutters herself away in her bedroom to play Minecraft! (this probably sounds very familiar to you if you’re reading my blog to begin with) She went on to make several hilarious comparisons of Minecraft to “pure evil” because her daughter wasn’t outside running around building tree forts, playing with friends, socializing and doing regular everyday kid-things. She went on to say how she was trying to facilitate a family-game-night of Monopoly and how the whole game blew up because her daughter was expected online to play Minecraft with her friends!

Minecraft Coding For Kids

The Mom was literally considering therapy for her daughter.

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Coding for Kids

As a kid, it must be so cool to have Coding classes like this available.  As a parent, we never had these opportunities at our age - but times are changing fast, and the need for kids to learn coding and programming skills is becoming mandatory in a world driven by software and computer processes.  "Coding for Kids" didn't exist!

Coding For Kids

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Coding is My Sport

Over the holidays I was talking to a Dad who was practically apologizing to me about how his son doesn’t play any sports, and how he was embarrassed by this because he, of course, had grown up playing sports – “you know, like we did” he said – implying how all kids played sports in the past and therefore all kids should play sports now. I quickly broke the news to him that more and more kids/students today, in fact, consider “tech” as their sport – as their passion.

Coding For Kids - Programming courses and summer camps for kids

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What is STEM School?

STEM is a new term being used everywhere to describe what we believe to be OUR FUTURE!

Science     Technology     Engineering     Math

Typically used now in schools that offer more advanced technology courses for kids, STEM is a new buzzword in the education community.  Classes are collaborative and allow more technology focused kids to excel in a fun and inviting atmosphere with others who share the same interests.

 STEM School In Denver CO

We LOVE the following description, from GreatSchools.org:

This type of noisy, exuberant classroom exemplifies what Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) schools are about. Learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. Learning problem-solving skills — and helping students develop into creative, critical thinkers — is at the core of any true STEM school. “Teachers are not just telling us,” says Jennifer Bailey, 17, a senior {STEM student}. “We use our own data and discovery to realize a concept.”

While all schools teach math and science, good STEM schools focus deeply on these subjects in hopes of better preparing students for the high-demand tech jobs of the future.

STEM Courses are offered in many middle schools and high schools, but often times budgets and curriculum limits how advanced and focused these classes can be.  Silicon STEM Academy offers a STEM "enrichment" environment - so kids (and some adult classes) can accelerate their learning and skills in the areas they're really excited about. 

STEM School studends in Denver CO

STEM Programs often include robotics classes, coding and programming, arduino electronics, photoshop and video editing, as well as a broad range of other classes that teach students modern day skills needed to understand and truly be a part of the new brave world of technology around us every day.

For any child who shows a real interest in any of the STEM areas of technology, taking classes or courses at a STEM school is the best way for them to learn real-world skills and cognitive skills they can use every day, and help lead them to a technology job they'll love and be prepared for in the future.

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STEM Programs launch on January 11

Silicon STEM Programs start January 11th!

Don't wait to sign up for after-school programs in technology, coding, robotics, and more exciting and fun courses.

Register for STEM Course

Silicon STEM Academy Technology Programs Denver CO

Silicon STEM Academy, located at 4201 E. Yale Ave., No. 130, in southeast Denver, will offer after-school classes to kids in computer programming (from coding 101 to mobile app development), engineering (with a primary focus on robotics and electronics) and digital media (such as video photography and social media).

SEE WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT FIRST!

We are hosting 2 Open Houses on Dec 5th and 12th.  See our Free Events for more information and sneak peak opportunities to see what we offer!

 

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What Did I Have For Dinner Last Night?

John is a creature of habit. He doesn’t think he is, but even he will admit that he eats the same thing for breakfast and lunch nearly every day. But have you ever been stumped when you tried to recall what you had for dinner last night?

To expand on our last blog post about the ineffectiveness of rote memorization: Dartmouth College conducted an experiment on first-year students who had scored a ‘5’ on their high school AP Psychology exams. On entering college, a mere 3 months later, they gave them the college’s introductory Psych course final exam, which should reflect the same material on the AP Psych exam.

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120 Years

The U.S. education system was designed over 100 years ago. Charles Eliot of Harvard initially created a framework in 1893 that was to evolve the one-room-schoolhouse into a factory-school model. Generally speaking, the intention was to train students to perform low-error routines destined for assembly-line jobs. This framework helped to lead the U.S. into an era of innovation, growth and prosperity.

We still operate an educational system today that’s based on the same outdated principles of rote memorization. But what are our students really learning and how prepared are they for the 21st century? After 120 years – it’s time for a change.

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It's a sign

Sign - With Owner Kelly Scarborough at STEM School Denver CO

What I love most about our logo is that it represents the three curriculum categories of the Silicon STEM program and philosophy: Coding, Engineering and Digital Media.

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STEM Gap = JOB Gap

Kelly and I, along with long time colleagues and friends, Karen and Jeffrey Pearl, co-founded a Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) company in 2006…we launched when VoIP was very new and completely unrecognized as a business and cost advantage. We built the company for 6 years, made the Inc500 list 2 years, in the top 10 ‘Best Companies to Work’ for 4 years, and ultimately Denver’s ‘Fastest Growing Company’ in 2010.

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Day Old Bread

I’ve always admired and appreciated how involved Kelly was with the schools that Evan and Christopher attended – she was on every PTO, every committee, and started more programs, enrichments and fundraisers than I can even count. I’m proud of her.

But no matter what school our kids go to – public, private, charter, at-home – they will always be taught ‘day-old’ technology because the pace of change in technology moves light years faster than any school system.

Our STEM challenge is real and it is now. Do not lull yourself into thinking that because your kiddo is going to a STEM school that it is somehow adequate.

Here are the facts on how Colorado compares to all 50 status in a recent report from Great Education Colorado:

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It’s a Bomb!

Ahmed Mohamed got in big trouble for bringing a homemade clock to school. Ignorance is all around us on this one! While the teacher did the right thing to notify the authorities in the spirit of protecting our kids, the reality is that the confusion between a clock and a bomb is truly symbolic of our STEM challenge. We are out of time!

BTW – I’m collaborating with my good friend Bob Smith to build a larger scale GPS Arduino-based clock to have on display in the Makers Lab.

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Surviving the STEMpocalypse

As Kelly and I carefully step over demo debris as we walk through what will be the workspace one day (buildout is at a standstill due to zoning requirements), I’m simultaneously questioning and reminding myself why we are launching Silicon STEM. On one hand, the project seems daunting and the workspace feels in this moment like it will look this way forever. On the other hand, we know we aren’t the only parents with ‘tech kids’ who need an enrichment alternative to sports…and in this day and age, aren’t all kids ‘tech kids’ to some degree?

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