Tag: STEM

STEM Turns Technology Takers Into Technology Makers

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Here at Racksburg we’re big believers in exposing kids to STEM and  information technologies. Admittedly, we do this partly because making our region more attractive to seasoned technology experts with growing families is just good for business (as discussed in this previous blog post). However we also invest in STEM because exposing kids to IT/programming technologies helps transform their mind set from one of being mere consumers of new technology, into becoming more technology innovators, makers and creators. Something  we all need to strive to do in our communities and schools. Continue reading

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Racksburg is Getting Girls Interested in Tech – And You Can Too!

One thing I love about Rackspace Blacksburg (aka “Racksburg”) is how we support our local STEM community through both sponsorships as well as Racker volunteerism. But besides sponsoring (and teaching) classes on programming robotics or rocket science, there’s another lesser known need in the STEM community. If you look around most of today’s leading tech companies you’ll notice a pretty significant imbalance of women in tech jobs. Only 18% of today’s Computer Science grads are women (compared to 37% in the 1980s!).[1]  A problem you would think should be getting getting better in the 21st century, not worse.

STEM Diversity Movement Helps The American Tech Sectorblog-series-image
In a day where more and more tech companies are outsourcing critical Dev and Engineering jobs, even pushing congress for more H1B (overseas tech sector) workers — it’s more important than ever that we build up and make use of our own domestic, female, tech work force. A work force that actually helped create the computer industry in the first place back in the 40s.[2] Continue reading

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Community STEM Outreach,
“Just Do It!”

BLOG_STEMAll corporations have an impact on the communities in which they exist. Whether this impact is positive or negative, a company’s local impact extends far beyond simply who they employ or their specific product or service. This local impact is more real (and critical) than ever today, especially for tech sector companies.

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