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

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Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Succeeds and
Silicon STEM Academy are Collaborating to
Offer Computer Science Scholarship Opportunities for Colorado High School Students

$20,000 Scholarship Fund Distributed To 100 Students to Jumpstart Their Future in Tech

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • The 4-week course meets 2X a week for an hour each class, for a total of 8 hours. The actual schedule will be posted once all of the scholarships have been accepted and awarded students will be notified via email. 

  • The classes do not take away from your regular school day as the classes are typically held in the evening after-school hours. 

  • The class meets entirely online and is completely instructor-led by a specialized computer science instructor with real industry experience.

  • Because the class is online, you do not have to live in Denver Metro Area to participate! You can live anywhere and take the entire class from your own home. 

  • You must be a current Colorado high school student.

  • Courses begin in January, February or March based on student demand. All students will be notified once scholarship applications have been reviewed and approved. 

  • The application process is now OPEN (click Apply Below).

IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • The purpose of the scholarship and coding course is to help introduce newbies to the world of computer programming. So if you’re interested in learning to code, have done no prior coding or a little here & there, or perhaps have attempted and have gotten too frustrated with other online coding courses – then this opportunity is right for you! This is the first step.

  • The pre-JavaScript course uses the KAREL educational programming language from Stanford University. Learn all of the fundamentals of coding – including: syntax, control structures, code readability and commenting and more. This is the perfect opportunity to see if you like it and may like to learn more!

  • If you have already done some coding before, but ready to take the next step or want to learn sooner and faster, check out the other many online coding classes that Silicon STEM Academy offers. CLICK HERE > go to courses.
As the technology sector continues to evolve, many companies are having difficulty finding qualified workers to fill in-demand, high-tech jobs. Expanding immediate access to computer science training is a statewide imperative to help continue to build our tech talent pool and fill critical job openings. Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Colorado Succeeds and Silicon STEM Academy have partnered on scholarship fund for 100 Colorado students statewide to jumpstart their future in tech through online coding classes.    

About the Initiative

A Statewide Imperative

Expanding immediate access to Computer Programming Training is a statewide imperative to help continue to  build our tech talent pool and to fill critical job openings. The time to learn to code is now.

Empowering More Girls in Tech

Unfortunately, the number of females in STEM careers has been on a steady decline over the last 10 years. Our goal is that 50% of the student scholarships go to ‘techy girls’ who want to learn how to code.

We Mean All Of Colorado

We are seeking the best and brightest of Colorado’s future workforce, and that’s not just students in Denver and Boulder, but from all over the state! Our goal is for 50% of the student participants to be outside of the Denver Metro area.

 

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Take Coding 101 ONLINE

Students will have the opportunity to take Silicon STEM 
Academy’s “Coding 101” course entirely ONLINE. Students will learn the Karel programming language, a pre-JavaScript 
language, from Stanford University. Students will solve problems and write code using primary control structures.

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100 High School Students

Only 14% of the HS in the state are in a position to provide AP level Computer Science courses and standards are currently under review. We are seeking 100 students who want to get a head start on their futures.

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Filling the Talent Pool

Students that learn Computer Science in High School are 6 times more likely to major in it, and women are 10 times more likely. Last year, only 42,969 Computer Science students graduated into the worforce to fill over 600,000 available jobs in the US.

Colorado and Computer Science: By The Numbers

WHY IS LEARNING TO CODE SO IMPORTANT?

If you don’t believe us…or other teachers about why learning to code is so important…maybe you’ll believe Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and other industry leaders. CLICK “WHAT MOST SCHOOLS DON’T TEACH” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc

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13,517

The current number of open computing jobs in Colorado

785

The number of computer science graduates in Colorado in 2015, and only 15% were female

1,000,000

The projected number of unfilled computing jobs in the US in 2020

3

The number of new teachers prepared to teach Computer Science, who graduated from Universities in Colorado in 2016

14%

The percentage of schools in Colorado that teach AP Computer Science in 2015-2016 (53 total schools)

$98,597

The average salary for a computing occupation in Colorado

Questions? Contact us here:

John Scarborough 
Managing Director
Silicon STEM Academy
john@siliconstemacademy.com
Phone: 303-800-0011

Kelly Underell
Executive Director
Colorado Technology Foundation
kelly@coloradotechnology.org
Phone: 720-539-6297

Questions?