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May 1, 2019

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH

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Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson M.Ed.

Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning  to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and  young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.

Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida

Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.

The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.

Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..

There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.

Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
development.

Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.

The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
seminars.

The opportunities are there, parents need to make the choices
to sacrifice the time and the energy.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 – https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
EYH – Empowering Your Horizons 2019 – https://www.eyhn.org/
National Council of Negro Women 2019  – https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

100 Black Men of Jacksonville 2019 – https://100blackmenjax.org/
Black Male Explorers 2019 –  https://www.ewc.edu/black-male-explorers/

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April 26, 2019

Expanding Your Horizons Girls Get Hyped for STEAM

Expanding Your Horizons Girls Get Hyped for STEAM
EYH 2019 at University of North Florida
Web Site for Expanding Your Horizons

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Excited and honored once again for Aida and I to be
bloggers, micro-bloggers, vbloggers for this great
event encouraging girls to enter into STEAM careers.

An awesome STEM workshop for girls grades 5-8, provided
by Expanding Your Horizons North Florida and the Girl
Scouts Gateway Council in Jacksonville, Florida.

This event is an excellent opportunity for girls to meet
and speak with women in STEAM careers and participate in
activities that are hands-on, building, enginnering, and
engaging in team activities. This has been a successful
event in the past and promises to encourage and excite
again.

Expanding Your Horizons North Florida and the Girl Scouts
Gateway Council are partnering to host ths annual workshop
for elementary (5th grade) and middle school girls. Girls
will be attending from many of Duval County Public Schools
and many Charter and Private Schools in Jacksonville.

They will gain exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (STEM) and be involved in Arts projects with
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life, LLC
Ms. Correa an artist respected and recognized as a community
advocate for STEAM engagement and a speaker, volunteer and
organizer for WordCamp Conferences nationally and internationally.

The event Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 9am-3pm at
University of North Florida for a day of discovery, with
activities lead by researchers and scientists from the
Mayo Clinic, Professors from Jacksonville University
and engineers from England-Thims & Miller.

Registration is closed and the community is invited to follow
the social media posting on the hashtags #stemgirls #eyhstem
and #eyh.

Our sponsorship’s are greatly appreciated and this event could
not happen without them. The volunteers are a very special
part of this event because they are the life blood providing,
mentoring, instruction, counseling, technical instruction and
follow-up after the event. The Social Media team and
photographers are important to post content to show that girls
are active, engaged and important in the fields of STEM and
STEAM.

For information visit our website http://eyhnf.org

William and Aida with Ford Innovation

William and Aida with new innovations with Ford and STEAM integration

February 2, 2019

Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon


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Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners
Attend FlBlogCon

William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

Congratulations to Edward Waters College student  and business
owner Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ Minister
Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III Duval County Public
Schools high school student.

Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Sandra Johnson, The Madisel
Group with Jayla Tapley and Ahubri Dudley Duval County
Public Schools.

Invited to attend their first Florida Blogging and Technology Conference,
a nationally and internationally recognized conference in Orlando.
The annual event in its 8th year is regularly attended by William Jackson,
as a supporter, bloggers and advocate.

He is a teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Social Media
business owner – My Quest To Teach. Attending FlBlogCon on the campus
of Full Sail University, the premiere technology school that has achieved
international recognition https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which addresses growing digital
innovation and creativity. That supports building PLC – Professional
Learning Communities and PLN – Professional Learning Networks

Is fitting because youth, teens and young adults are creating
online businesses, creating graphic works of art and producers of
content and development of Apps.

The infusion of technology globally is demanding more proficiency
and knowledge because careers are being sent overseas and America
by itself cannot keep up with the need for digital creatives
and digital innovators. Too  many youth, teens and young adults
especially those of color lack the resources to learn about developing
careers in tech. Seeking tech in the movies and on television does not
inspire growth because the majority of people seen are white. The
exception is “Black Panther.”

Competition is fierce so students need tech skills to be employed.
Students from EWC and DCPS have attended WordCamp, Bar Camp,
FlBlogCon and other conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he has spoken in Calgary Canada, Costa Rica (Central America),
Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. Mr. Jackson is an advocate
for Social Media integration in business and education.

A community activist in the past with New Town Success Zone ,
Vision Keepers and other community groups working to empower
youth, teens and young adults in the community.

The empowerment of diversity is that Ms. Correa is a business
owner, artist, poet and web developer. She is a well-known
WordCamp speaker and community volunteer showing that
Latina women,  advocate for STEAM and digital innovation
are important not just in Jacksonville, but across the nation.

Mr. Jackson and Ms. Correa understand that students of all levels,
in order to compete must have knowledge beyond classroom
experiences, they need exposure to networking and mentors.
They must be producers of technology innovation not consumers
to meet the challenges in their communities.

Bess Auer the creator of Florida Blogging and Social Media
Conference provides opportunities for students from Edward
Waters College and Duval County Public Schools to attend,
be involved in workshops and encouraging all students to learn
and apply their learning as future business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Elisha Taylor III has a dream of attending MIT after
graduating from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
An honors student with DCPS and involved with his
community.

His growing web site can be found at https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
to inspire middle and high school students to learn as much
as possible about participating events and activities that
prepare them for careers.

HBCU institutions must continue to provide diverse
learning opportunities and even sponsor students to attend
conferences, workshops and seminars to help with networking
and meeting professional business people in professional
and casual occasions. Allowing the learning in classrooms to
be shared in real world situations.

Florida is opening many doors to space, students attending
HBCU schools should be guided to and through these doors to
be a part of history and historical discoveries.
HBCU students must share their knowledge to generations
coming up so there will not any “HiddenFigures” in the
shadows of decades.

There are increased opportunities in Jacksonville, Florida
for students of all backgrounds to attend, participate and
contribute in other events.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/

 

 

November 19, 2018

STEAM and KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida

KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida
STEAM and Why It Should Be In KidsCamp at WordCamp Conferences

KidsCamp Orlando Florida 2018 
Lead Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018

 

The story continues in the next KidsCamp in 2019
KidsCamp Jacksonville Florida June 2019
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

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