During this workshop, participants will explore coding fundamentals with Google Blockly and SmartGurlz robots and dolls. Our Tech Divas will learn about why coding is important and then get to jump into action by learning to code robots – step-by-step. In this introductory course, (ages 7-12) girls will work together in teams think analytically, design, play, and code in real-time. We also have loads of fun making robot dances, games and videos.

This class is designed for girls ages 12 and under. No prior computing experience is necessary.

Registration begins at 9:15 AM. The event starts promptly at 10:00 AM. Participants don’t need to bring their laptops and both lunch and light snacks will be provided.


Space is limited, so sign up soon to secure your spot! Limited scholarships are available by applying here: (http://bit.ly/bgc_scholarships)

PARENTS: Please complete the online student profile and emergency contact forms if you have not done so already. Additionally, please print and bring signed copies of the workshop release forms that you can find HERE.

Volunteers: Interested in volunteering please sign-up HERE

Space is limited. So sign up soon to secure your spot! Please bring signed copies of these forms to the event.

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July 29, 2015
Tecia Marshall | Memphis Community Outreach Lead
Karen Farrell-Shikuku | Memphis Technical Lead

Black Girls CODE Hosts Robot Expo at The University of Memphis!

Memphis, Tennessee (July 29, 2015) – The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host their second robot expo on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at The University of Memphis, Dunn Hall, located at 3725 Norriswood Ave, 38152. This fun and captivating workshop will target girls ages 10 – 17, where they will learn about robots, how they communicate, real-world/business applications and uses for robotics. The workshop will be taught by the Memphis chapter curriculum lead, Karen Farrell-Shikuku and instructors from the First Lego League of Memphis. This second Black Girls CODE Memphis robotics workshop is being made possible by a generous grant from FedEx.

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available.  For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Tecia Marshall at 901-864-8660.

Due to limited space and strong demand, parents are encouraged to register children online as soon as possible at the following link: 

Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1MTONrA

Volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St., from 10 am – 12 pm. Individuals wishing to volunteer can sign up at the following link:

Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1gkuOZe

Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Tecia Marshall at memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org.

About Black Girls CODE:
Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual, but connected and engaged chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, California Bay Area, New York City, Memphis, Washington, DC, Raleigh – Durham and Johannesburg that are dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. To date we have reached over 3,000 girls and 2,700 volunteers. Our goal is to reach 1 million girls by 2040. Join the BGC movement at facebook.com/blackgirlscodeorg and on twitter @BlackGirlsCODE.

SCS 2015-2016 Calendar

(PDF Version) Calendar for 2015-2016

Parents: As you all are making decisions of where to send your children this next school year, and the year after that, and so on … research and learn the facts for yourself. Yes, there is a lot going on in education. No, there are no perfect schools, or districts, or teachers for that matter. Just like there aren’t any perfect children or just people period. Use your resources. Talk to your educator friends – not the bitter and miserable ones who don’t see the hope in ANYthing. Watch them closely. Their LIVES are miserable. Talk to those who recognize the need and own UP to the challenges. Those who are working withIN the system to change it for the better (Freddie Brooks, A Different World, 1993). Attend town hall meetings. Attend PARENT meetings. VOTE. Make your requests and concerns known. There are a lot of laws that are federal in nature that your state and city/county have no control over. The same at the state level that the districts/cities/counties have no control over.

Of course, we will all do what is best for our children. Be sure it is because it is best for the CHILD and not because you don’t like one rule, one teacher, two kids in another class, the lunch menu on Thursdays, etc. There is SO much that happens behind the scenes that all stakeholders have the right to know, but, just doesn’t for whatever reason. It’s public domain … it really is. You’d be surprised the JEWELS in a lot of the schools in your city, but, because of hearsay or stereotypes, you’ll never know that that one teacher (jewel) or principal (another jewel) had the background, skills, fortitude, compassion, and just that right connection needed to reach YOUR child.

This comes from a personal and professional place. I’m not sure why I went here. LOL. I just started typing. I love both of my children’s schools and I’ve had [minimal] challenges with both. But they both work best for my two. I work what I know and have to make sure they get what they need to be successful – challenges and all. Challenges are normal and are signs of growth and/or change and development. WE make the rest happen.

Love, Lucy – A Teacher Mommy

Black Girls CODE Presents- Build a Webpage in a Day Memphis!

Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)

Black Girls Code is the groundbreaking initiative founded by Kimberly Bryant.  An Electrical Engineer by trade, Kimberly felt the need to give back to the community by mentoring young girls of color through the introduction of technical knowledge.  This project has morphed globally and Kimberly now travels the world spreading the message to young girls of color (ages 10-17) that they can be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.  She has presented workshops on building web pages, creating apps, and learning code.

This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young ladies to this program.  The cost is $25 and includes lunch and a snack.  There will be computers provided at the venue (Rhodes College).  The links  are attached to the event itself as well as to the Black Girls Code website for your information.

Event link: bgcmemphis.eventbrite.com



BlackGirlsCODE is hosting our FIRST exciting 1-day webmaking workshop in Memphis on Saturday, February 16th , 2013 at the Rhodes College- Paul Barret, Jr. Library located at 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN.
This workshop will teach participants to build their own unique webpage in one day using fun games and activities to introduce HTML, CSS, and basic web structure.
 All BGC workshops are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as Tech Creators and Entrepreneurs.  This event is intended for girls ages 10-17.
 The workshop will start promptly at 10:00 AM.  Participants do not need to bring their own computers.  Access will be provided to a computer workstation during the workshop. Both lunch and snacks will be provided.
Space is limited to sign up soon to secure your spot!  Scholarships are available.  Once you register for this event please complete the online student profile forms and emergency contact forms which can be found at this link on our website:  http://www.blackgirlscode.com/parents.html
Please contact: BlackGirlsCODE  at: future@blackgirlscode.com if you have further questions for scholarships and/or other questions regarding your order.
Phone:  (415) 857-0637

Education Mini-Conference

for education providers and volunteer tutors



Memphis City Schools Teaching and Learning Academy
Memphis, TN

Saturday October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
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Education Mini-Conference

Saturday, October 6th

Memphis City Schools Teaching and Learning Academy

Multi-Purpose Room


2485 Union Ave

Memphis, TN 38104


Free to education providers and volunteer tutors from all organizations



Pay Attention! Working with Disruptive, Distracted, and Disengaged Students

Presented by Dr. Rene Friemoth Lee

 This workshop will assist in helping organizations and tutors   better understand the identification, characteristics, and definition of learning disabilities as well as identify helpful hints for word recognition skills, written language, comprehension skills, and math skills.

Rene Friemoth Lee currently directs the Admissions and Outreach programs at The Bodine School, an independent school for students with dyslexia in grades 1-8. Prior to this position, she served as executive director of the school for over 20 years. Dr. Lee has provided educational evaluation and consultative services to individuals, families, schools, agencies, and hospitals for over thirty years. She regularly provides professional development to schools particularly with regards to the identification and treatment of reading disabilities and early intervention programs.


Teacher Talk: How To Communicate with Teachers to Help Your Student Succeed

This panel of teachers will help you better understand the role communication plays in helping your student acheive success.

April 25, 2012

For Immediate Release




Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10

WKNO-TV/Channel 10 will premiere a new documentary, American Graduate: The Tennessee Story, on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam, the half-hour documentary was produced collaboratively by three of Tennessee’s public television stations and will air statewide.

A local companion to a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), American Graduate: The Tennessee Story features three different stories of impact from across the state. The local broadcast is sponsored by Lane College in Jackson.

The high school dropout rate is a significant problem in the U.S. and in Tennessee. In 2010, more than 28,000 students dropped out of high school in our state.  Only 21% of Tennesseans have a college degree, as compared to 30% nationally.

High school dropouts cost the country more than $300 billion a year in lost wages, taxes and productivity, which can lead to a rise in crime, homelessness and substance abuse. This lost potential will have huge impact on our economy, healthcare costs, workforce and global competitiveness for decades to come.

In our first story, WCTE/PBS introduces us to Cynthia Fitzgerald. Born and raised in a Nashville housing project, Cynthia was encouraged by a high school counselor to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Today Cynthia is an accomplished attorney and along with her husband, Coach Maurice Fitzgerald, spends almost every Saturday with hundreds of inner youth and their parents preparing for college in a program they’ve developed called “In Full Motion.”

Our second story takes us into East Tennessee, where the Loudon County United Way funded a program to provide a graduation coach to high-risk students. East Tennessee PBS captures the story of graduation coach Sandra Towns, and how she is providing students with a new level of support and in-school advocacy.

WKNO/PBS in Memphis focuses on the story of a college freshman, Christopher Dean. What Chris and other students at Booker T. Washington High School had to overcome in order to graduate got the attention of a lot of people, including the President of the United States.

“These stories belong to all of us,” says First Lady Crissy Haslam. “It may not be your child but it is someone’s child – and our state is at risk.”

About American Graduate

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming. Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More information at AmericanGraduate.org.

GOT TECH 2012 Needs Instructors!

The GOT TECH 2012 Summer Technology Camp is looking for tech-savvy teachers to serve as instructors to students entering grades 4 – 8 in the fall of 2012. Volunteers (cleared by MCS Security) are also needed.

GOT TECH 2012 will take place June 4 – 8, 2012, from 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at Hamilton Middle, Hickory Ridge Middle and Riverwood Elementary.

For more information and to apply, go to http://goo.gl/YggE3 .


GOT TECH 2012!  Theme:  GOT TECH Goes Green!

Who: Students Entering Grades 4-8 in the fall of 2012

What: A Summer Technology Camp

When: June 4 – 8, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hamilton MS, Riverwood ES, Hickory Ridge MS, and Kate Bond MS

Student Registration online at: http://goo.gl/FAyDM

Purpose & Description: The Memphis City Schools Summer Technology Camp offers students who will be entering grades 4 – 8 opportunities to explore the exciting world of technology. Using a project-based small group approach, students will participate in hands-on technology experiences and apply their learning in meaningful ways. Taught by teachers from the Memphis City Schools, this one-week course will engage students in the practical development of 21st century skills, with the goal of enhancing ongoing learning during the school year and helping to prepare students for successful futures. GOT TECH Summer Technology Camp hosts a culminating exhibition on Friday, June 8, 2012 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Parents, district personnel, and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the Friday afternoon exhibition.

Memphis City Schools – Office of Instructional Technology

Cindy McMillion, Project Manager for GOT TECH

Technology Training Center
3772 Jackson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38108

Email: mcmillioncp@mcsk12.net
Ph. 901.416.3609

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