Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

News Feed Item

The Archer School for Girls Receives Edward E. Ford Foundation Grant for STEM Curriculum Leadership

Independent LA all-girls school opens innovative "IDEA Lab" supporting Integrated Design and Engineering Arts program

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Archer School for Girls, an independent all-girls school located in the Brentwood community of Los Angeles, has raised the bar for educational leadership in crucial Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning with the opening of Archer's innovative IDEA Lab as part of the 2013-2014 school curriculum. Archer's new IDEA Lab offers students hands-on activities and instruction which synthesize knowledge across educational domains, combining what students learn in science and math with new technical skills, analytical methods, creativity-building exercises and real-world problem-solving techniques.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140213/PH54481-a )
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140213/PH54481-b )

Coursework and enrichment activities offered through the IDEA Lab include computer programming, discrete electronics, building prototypes and project management skills. The new IDEA Lab supports Archer's school-wide program of Integrated Design and Engineering Arts. At Archer, girls are introduced to coding, engineering and research as early as 7th grade. Prepared by the work they've done in middle school, many Archer girls then become candidates for the Honors Research in Science program, and may find their place in the IDEA Lab.

Expansion of the IDEA Lab is now in progress thanks to the prestigious $50,000 matching grant bestowed on Archer from The Edward E. Ford Foundation. The mission of The Edward E. Ford Foundation is to strengthen and support independent secondary schools and to challenge and inspire them to leverage their unique talents, expertise and resources to advance teaching and learning throughout the United States. As a recipient of the Edward E. Ford Foundation grant, Archer will broaden the school's engineering and design initiatives, creating greater opportunities for girls and women as thought-leaders in the STEM disciplines. Archer achieved the match from strong supporters of the Archer community and contributions were matched, dollar for dollar, by the Edward E. Ford Foundation to total $100,000 in funding for STEM.

According to the January, 2014 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, women make up only 34% of web developers, 23% of programmers, 20% of software developers, and 15% of information security analysts. And, only 1.5% of open-source code—called the backbone of the web by the tech industry—is programmed by women.

"It's not enough to simply encourage girls to enroll in high-level math and science courses. Girls' engagement and success in the STEM disciplines depend largely on the nature and quality of the curriculum and instruction," comments Head of School Elizabeth English, who has more to say on the subject in her regular Eye to Eye video address to Archer parents. "As a girls' school, we have a special responsibility to change the fact that women are still underrepresented in the sciences, particularly in computer and engineering sciences."

English states that the all-girls learning environment supports qualities which girls require in order to excel in academic areas traditionally thought of as masculine. Case in point, the Archer curriculum frequently resonates to larger global issues, calling for altruistic and humanitarian involvement. This approach is further validated by a collaborative rather than competitive approach to achievement, and through structuring curricula where girls independently choose and develop their own projects, project benchmarks, and criteria for evaluation.  In unison, these three factors are demonstrated to play a role in girls choosing majors in STEM areas, and pursuing STEM careers. In particular, the attachment of compassionate purpose to academic study is a core value at Archer, and is exceedingly rare in most educational settings, especially those of mixed-gender.

Roberta Weintraub, noted philanthropist, civic leader, former President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, and founder of High Tech High, is a champion of Archer's new IDEA Lab. Of her advocacy for girls' achievement in STEM, she says, "My career has been dedicated to helping young people develop tangible life-skills which lead to productive futures. I have witnessed students at The Archer School for Girls embrace the STEM fields with passion, enthusiasm and dedication. It is time to break the final barriers for women and Archer will be one of the leaders in this endeavor." 

For media relations, contact Alexia Haidos at: Tel 310-450-6890 or email; or Christina McIntosh, Director of Communications, at:  Tel 310-873-7025 or email. For more information, please visit www.archer.org or call 310-873-7000.

Read more news from The Archer School for Girls.

SOURCE The Archer School for Girls

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
In their session at 17th Cloud Expo, Hal Schwartz, CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), and Chuck Paolillo, CTO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), provide a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. In his role as CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), Hal Schwartz provides leadership and direction for the company.
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Meiner, an Engineering Director at Oracle, Corporation, analyzed a range of cloud offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and discussed the benefits/challenges of migrating to each offe...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships at Com...
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Scrum Alliance has announced the release of its 2015 State of Scrum Report. Almost 5,000 individuals and companies worldwide participated in this year's survey. Most organizations in the market today are still leading and managing under an Industrial Age model. Not only is the speed of change growing exponentially, Agile and Scrum frameworks are showing companies how to draw on the full talents and capabilities of those doing the work in order to continue innovating for success.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by your analysts and designers, and the resulting application built by your developers, there is a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral out of control, and applications fall short of requirements. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, presented a new approach where business and development users collaborate – each using tools appropriate to their goals and expertise – to build mocku...
SYS-CON Events announced today that VividCortex, the monitoring solution for the modern data system, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The database is the heart of most applications, but it’s also the part that’s hardest to scale, monitor, and optimize even as it’s growing 50% year over year. VividCortex is the first unified suite of database monitoring tools specifically desi...
Graylog, Inc., has added the capability to collect, centralize and analyze application container logs from within Docker. The Graylog logging driver for Docker addresses the challenges of extracting intelligence from within Docker containers, where most workloads are dynamic and log data is not persisted or stored. Using Graylog, DevOps and IT Ops teams can pinpoint the root cause of problems to deliver new applications faster and minimize downtime.
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacent...
Learn how you can use the CoSN SEND II Decision Tree for Education Technology to make sure that your K–12 technology initiatives create a more engaging learning experience that empowers students, teachers, and administrators alike.
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.