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Women and Girls Thriving in the New Economy 2010

The Women & Girls 2010 Summit is a interactive forum to find ways to move women into education and training in non-traditional careers, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This free event is Thursday (12/2/2010) at New Venture Hall, The Tech Museum.

Women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, yet there are few women scientists and engineers. This forum provides an opportunity to address promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education especially for girls and other underrepresented populations along with reducing gender barriers in these fields.

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Plaut, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Law and Social Science, UC Berkeley


Alana Conner, Ph.D., Vice President, The Tech Museum

Isaura S. Gaeta, Global Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Corp.

Barbara Kamm, President & CEO, Technology Credit Union

Alyssa Newman, Corporate Sustainability, SunPower Foundation

Online registration here.

The Tech Museum, New Venture Hall
201 South Market Street, 95113

Thursday, December 2, 2010
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

High School Robotics Competition – CalGames 2010

This Friday and Saturday, October 22-23, students from thirty-six Northern California high school Robotics teams compete at the Western Region Robotics Forum’s CalGames 2010 Robotics Competition held at Lynbrook High School in San Jose.

The CalGames 2010 Robotics Competition is a contest between 36 teams of high school students to build full-sized robots each weighing up to 140 lbs and are capable of going over 15 feet per second that attempt to score goals with soccer balls while maneuvering over bumps and through tunnels.

The Western Region Robotics Forum (WRRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of robotics and providing support for the Bay Area FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics teams. WRRF recently conducted a series of workshops for FIRST teams covering a wide range of subjects, including team management, electronics, machine vision, computer animation, drive train design, and software development. Students discover the value of education and careers in science, technology, and math.

Lynbrook High School
1280 Johnson Avenue
San Jose, 95129

Friday, October 22, 2010
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm: Qualifying

Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:00 am to 1:00 pm: Qualifying
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Playoffs & Awards

Admission: Free

Help Kids Win $25,000 Worth of Computer Equipment.

AchieveKids Special Needs School

The great kids at AchieveKids, a local special needs school, need your support. They made the top ten in the nationwide Dell “Connect Your Classroom” contest. Now the finalists are in a vote-by-click competition.

Unlike many children, the special needs students do not have large networks of online friends to help them. So they need your support.

Help the kids win $25,000 worth of computer equipment.

Located in Palo Alto and East San Jose, AchieveKids serves children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism, mood, disruptive behavior, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.

AchieveKids on facebook

All they ask is a click a day for the next 8 days! See Video and Please Vote Here

Education Forum at The Tech: Solar Power

The Tech Museum of Innovation is hosting an educational forum presented by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Solar power will an important part of our energy use in the future. Join Alana Conner (VP of Content Development – The Tech Museum), Charles Weis (County Superintendent of Schools), and Tom Werner (CEO SunPower) to discover how education will help you, or your children enjoy a career in the solar energy field.

Monday, June 21
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Note: This event is free and lunch is provided.

The Tech Museum
New Venture Hall
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Visit: Silicon Valley Education Foundation .

Please RSVP

Contact: Rigo Magaña @ (408) 790-9591

Tech Museum Contact: Helena Race, Public Relations Associate, hrace@ the

25 Technical Girls Win Awards

The National Center for Women & Information Technology today gave out 25 awards to San Francisco Bay Area girls for their technical achievements. This is the first year for the Bay Area Affiliate group to give out NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing. Girls who were honored in today’s ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View are eligible to compete for national NCWIT awards. More about the award:

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local “affiliate” competitions to generate support and visibility for women’s participation in communities nationwide.

Today, girls from high schools in San Francisco, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Cupertino, San Jose, Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville were recognized for their technical achievements.  With five, San Jose had the most winners for any city.

A group of 18 men and women from business, academic, and non-profit companies, schools, and institutions worked for the last six months to create today’s event. Sponsors were: The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Apple, ETR Assoc., Girls Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, MOUSE Squad, NSBE Alumni, Palo Alto Unified School District, San Jose State University, SDForum Tech Women’s Program, Techbridge, The Computer History Museum, The Tech Museum, and UC Santa Cruz. I lead the Application Review Team. We plan to distribute these awards annually.

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

Santa Clara University: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-1999. The son of former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, Cárdenas was a candidate in Mexico’s 1988 presidential election. This Monday at Santa Clara University he will discuss the Mexican Revolution, and the importance of improving the electoral system in Mexico.

I believe had Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas become president of Mexico their economy would be flourishing, and we would not be seeing drug-related violence and death on both sides of the border.

The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution: 1910-2010
Santa Clara University
Monday, April 12th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
California Mission Room
Benson Memorial Center (Located on the Southwest corner of the Santa Clara University campus)
Free & Open to the Public ~ Sponsored by Political Science, History, Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies.
Contact: Julia Wong
Tel (408) 554-4508
For more information, or if you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact, 408.554.4508.

Santa Clara University

Town Hall Meeting Mexican Heritage Plaza

When I first heard of plans to establish an after school arts education program at the Mexican Heritage Plaza I thought it was a terrific idea. A ‘school of the arts’ would provide the community and our youth with a great opportunity. Elementary through high school students would get an education in fine art, music, and theatre.

The MPH Steering Committee welcomes input from San Jose families and members of the community who can provide financial help for students.

Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 12th
5:30 – 8:00pm
Mexican Heritage Theatre
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San José, CA 95116

Note: A light meal will be served to all attendees.
Enjoy 2 great youth performances!

Venga a ser participe de los emocionantes planes nuevos de la Plaza de la Herencia Mexicana!

Azteca Mexica: New Year Ceremony & Celebration

While standing in line to see “La MISSION” I found out about an event that will be held at The National Hispanic University in San Jose.

Calpulli Tonalehqueh hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony & Celebration in the nation. Everyone is invited to attend on the weekend of March 13-14, 2010 in San Jose, CA @ the National Hispanic University. Their goal is to make it educational, sustainable and free of waste.

Food, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Community Resources, & Childrens Activities

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010

The National Hispanic University
14271 Story Road – San Jose, CA


The event is FREE to the community.

Sat/Sab Mar. 13
6am-Sunrise Ceremony
10am-Ohlone Nation
10:30 am-Pomo Nation
11am-Zuni Nation
11:30-4pm- Mexica Nation
12pm-Intoca Tocaitl(Naming Ceremony)

Sun/Dom Mar. 14
11am-Pow Wow Dancers
12pm Maestro Ocelocoatl
12:30pm-Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
1pm-Guest Speaker
1:30pm-Guest Speaker
1:30pm-Danza de Oaxaca
2pm-Maestro Kuauhkoatl

Calpulli Tonalehqueh facebook

Carlos Santana YouTube – National Hispanic University

NativeVoiceTV Mexica New Year 2009 San Jose, California YouTube

Local School Club Gets Award

Minutes 6-13 of the City Council meeting shows a portion of the Horace Mann Recycle Club getting an award, from either HP Pavilion or Allied Waste, not sure. This is an effort over the last few years at a local school, and the lengths and breadth of this program is pretty neat. Each day kids divide waste up and staff and parents work with the kids to educate other students on how to recycle. They also worked with a new waste vendor to get recycling services incorporated- and are working on composting. Very sweet & touching- and I’ve heard *a lot* about this program, as the volunteer who coordinated is my sister! “Super volunteer,” as the mayor calls her, aw.

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County Health Department Addresses Swine Flu

According to a notice on the Santa Clara County government web site, the site was simplified to enable increased web traffic in response to the national swine flu outbreak and the upcoming elections. A special swine flu update page has the latest information about swine flu incidents in the county.

There have been four cases of suspected swine flu in the county, but none have been confirmed as swine flu by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The first of these cases was a Branham High School student, prompting the county to close the school until Wednesday, May 6.

There have been 14 confirmed cases of swine flu in California, and 91 total confirmed cases around the U.S. as of mid-day today.

Spanish and Vietnamese-language information, slightly outdated, is also linked from the bottom of the county update page.

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