iCode, an after-school and weekend program that offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education to students in first through 12th grade will celebrate its first anniversary with a special graduation ceremony, cake smash, time capsule burial, and more. Similar to martial arts, students’ mastery is represented by the color of their “belt,” or in this case, lanyards. Instead of moving a graduation tassel, 20students will trade in their white and orange lanyards for yellow and red colors that represent their next level in the program.
Friday, May 13, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M. 6:00 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.: Games 6:45 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.: Graduation Ceremony 7:15 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.: Time Capsule 7:45 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.: Anniversary Celebration & Raffle **Interviews with students and Dr. Mauricio Vásquez, director of iCode, will be available before the graduation ceremony and after the celebration
Careers in STEAM are in high demand, but high school students show little interest. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 2014, of the 15 major study categories, engineering has the highest median earnings, yet fewer than 20 percent of students choose a STEAM path. When it comes to computer science, the stats are even lower. In fact, computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average, but fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. iCode seeks to fill that gap. This one-year anniversary and graduation ceremony celebrates the efforts of iCode’s young students as they have earned their way to the next steps in their STEAM journey. Join the conversation online with #iCodeTurns1