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KCI Makerspace Offers Community Memberships

October 10, 2019

Come exercise your creative maker skills at the KCI Makerspace, a prototyping lab providing our community with the resources to design and make using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing tools. We serve a range of constituents: Foothill-De Anza District students and staff, local area educators and the broader San Mateo and Santa Clara…

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Computer Sciencer Programs Continue to Draw Educators

October 10, 2019

KCI recognized the need for computer science professional development programs over four years ago, even as schools and districts were still trying to determine how CS fits within their curriculum offerings. Last September, the State Board of Education adopted California’s first-ever computer science standards. Although not mandatory, these standards are expected to increase the number…

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KCI Conducts Three Summer Math Programs

October 10, 2019

KCI tripled down on math professional learning programs for educators this summer, with programs geared for 4th-5thgrade teachers, 6th-10thgrade teachers, and a new audience of preservice teachers, earning teaching credentials at San Jose State University. First up, the EMPowered program took place July 12-19, led by experienced math teachers Cristina Bustamante (KCI’s math programs director) and…

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KCI’s NGSS Program Supports the New Standards for Science

October 10, 2019

Clunk! Swish! Tong… TONG! These are the sounds participants in the KCI NGSS Program hear as they bump ordinary clothes hangers, connected to short pieces of string, against  different surfaces in the classroom. After two minutes of self-directed exploration, the students are “hooked” by this phenomenon! Questions begin to form: Why are the sounds so…

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KCI Makerspace Coordinator Program a Hit

October 10, 2019

Over fifty people are on track to receive their Makerspace Coordinator Certificates after the KCI held three, week-long intensives this summer. The Certificate marks the completion of 18 units of coursework, and is one of only two in California that is state approved. Participants hailed from all over California and came from many diverse backgrounds,…

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The New MERIT Program 2.0

October 10, 2019

The MERIT program launched with a new name this year: Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching. A total of 42 educators from all over the Bay Area, California, and beyond (coming from as far away as Hawaii and El Salvador) gathered together at KCI for a two-week summer intensive in July. This marked the beginning…

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Microsoft Supports CS Program & Workshops

May 6, 2019

For the last three years, KCI’s Computer Science Crash Course for Educators has been a hit with educators who want to learn more about how to integrate CS into their curriculum and classrooms. And last September, the State Board of Education adopted California’s first-ever computer science standards. Although not mandatory, these standards are expected to…

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Popular FAME Program Expands to East Bay

May 6, 2019

KCI is extending the reach of its math professional learning program, FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence), for middle and high school teachers. After nine years of recruiting teachers from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, FAME will take place in Alameda at Saint Philip Nerit Catholic School with the intent of reaching more teachers…

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New KCI Makerspace Initiative: Corporate Team Building

May 6, 2019

KCI was fortunate to receive a two-year grant from the state chancellor’s office through the California Community Colleges Maker Initiative. The grant is coming to an end, and KCI is actively pursuing ways to fund the makerspace moving forward. Luckily, KCI has an advisory board with creative members, and at the winter meeting, the idea…

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