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March 2014

Oakland: Our Home

Techbridge is proud to call the vibrant and growing city of Oakland our home. Sandwiched between the Coliseum and the airport, East Oakland and the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional shoreline, we have a sense of place here at Techbridge. With nine of our schools based in Oakland where we run our after-school programs, we have an authentic attachment and belonging to the community we serve. Living and working in Oakland, I feel very lucky to be a part of such a diverse and beautiful city. Growing up in the Bay Area, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to so many different cultures and ways of life...

What We’re Listening To: Get your swagger on and your confidence up. Find the song that empowers you to take on the world!

Recently, I attended a Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, held at Nissan headquarters in Franklin, TN. Seventy high school girls attended from urban and rural surrounding counties. They attended four sessions: coding on Surface tablets, exploring the user interface of Windows 8, developing online marketing for the Nissan Rogue and utilizing the 5-Why problem-solving system Nissan safety engineers employ. But the literal and figurative high note of the day was guest speaker Marlin Page....

Five Ways to Engineer Your Girl Scout Cookie Sale

It’s Girl Scout cookie time in my community, is it in yours? As a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, I understand how critical the bottom line of a successful cookie sale is to a Girl Scout, her troop, her council, and the national organization. As an engineering educator at Techbridge, I also understand that the cookie sale is a prime opportunity to inject a little engineering fun into the work at hand. Here are five suggestions for putting an engineering “flavor” in your Girl Scout cookie sale. Idea 1....