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Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills
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Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills

Guest writer and senior Karina Montez interviewed San Antonio’s International School of the Americas students about lessons learned from their internship experiences.College students are popular sources of temporary help for local businesses. Younger high school interns may pose some challenges for employers, but with preparation, the experience can yield benefits for students and employers alike.We interviewed students from San Antonio’s International School of the Americas to ask about what they learned from their internship experiences so that students, parents, and employers alike can understand what high school seniors can learn from internships.Nathan Alejandro, an 18-year-old senior, landed an internship with Elevate Systems, a reverse mechanical engineering company....
From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub
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From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub

Jim Brazell is a high-technology start-up veteran who has worked for software and Internet companies locally since 1989. Brazell provides technology forecasts for the State of Texas, public policy reports including a book chapter featuring San Antonio cybersecurity, and writes essays on education and technology for national publications. Brazell presented on 'San Antonio, City of Innovation (1718-2018)' at CyberTexas 2018.Brazell shares his perspectives on how San Antonio can become recognized as a city of innovation.San Antonio is not well-known as a city of innovation, but it should be. In fact, in its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued the Alamo City has been a tech hotspot since 1985 when the U.S. Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission at Lackland Air For...
Texas Biomed Plugs Holes in ‘Leaky Pipeline’ for Female Scientists
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Texas Biomed Plugs Holes in ‘Leaky Pipeline’ for Female Scientists

Why are women leaving science? More than half of life and biomedical sciences graduate students are women, yet the latest data from the National Academies reveal only 16 percent of women go on to become full professors in the life sciences, for example.Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) recognized this leaky pipeline for female scientists and is working to attract and retain more women in biomedical research. Workforce diversity is a core value in Texas Biomed’s new ten-year strategic plan which goes into effect in September. Texas Biomed is launching efforts to nearly double its workforce and position it as one of the world's top scientific centers focused on infectious diseases, according to Texas Biomed assistant vice president of communications Lisa Cruz. Texas Biom...
Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact
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Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact

Inspiring young people to learn how to code can be a challenge, but that did not stop Debi Pfitzenmaier and many volunteers over the years from organizing fun, free family events to introduce children to computer coding. That effort became Youth Code Jam, a nonprofit organization Pfitzenmaier founded in 2016 to inspire students to do more than play on computers—they learn new skills like Java, Scratch, and how to program robots.At free events and paid camps, children aged 7 to 17 learn to “talk” to computers and get them to do what they want them to do. Youth Code Jam’s goals are twofold:  to teach each computational thinking as a problem-solving methodology and to inspire students to pursue computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Pfitzenmaier ...