Being the Future We Wish to See
Welcome to May’s News From the NEST!
It’s been an exciting time since our last newsletter reached you.
In big news, we were invited to the White House to speak on the need for tech education in our rural communities. It’s exciting to see national focus on our growing need for tech education access for all our youth.
And we’ve been active here at home. Our members took awards in a videography competition, Team NEST represented in the Human Race, and our day of photography and music is this weekend–for which we hope you join us!
—The Digital NEST Team
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This Saturday: “Faces of the Digital Future” Photography Event
This Saturday the 16th, the NEST and David Dennis Photos will be hosting “Faces of the Digital Future,” a free, afternoon garden event with live Latin music, food and wine. The event will feature large scale portraits of local youth in tech companies doing jobs they might aspire to hold someday.
A host of local and Silicon Valley companies participated in photo shoots over the past 4 months, including LinkedIn, Cruzio, NextSpace, Microsoft, Plantronics, Design by Cosmic, Martinelli’s, Bay Photo and more.
All ages are welcome at the event which runs from 2 pm to 6 pm at the YWCA Watsonville located at 340 East Beach Street. Quatro con 3, a renowned, local, Latin band will provide live music. Wine and food tickets will be available at the event for a small donation, and the photos will be on sale with all purchases matched 100% by Microsoft. For more information and to share the event information with friends and family, visit the Facebook page here.
Mr. Martinez Goes to Washington
Our Executive Director Jacob Martinez met with the United States CTO Megan Smith, to discuss pathways for the future of tech education in our country.
Jacob was accompanied by a local vocational high school teacher David Patino, roboticist Tony Sandoval and two NEST members Alan and Juan (pictured above).
After the first trip, Jacob was invited back as a speaker for the first ever White House Tech Meetup, to speak on our growing need for tech, employment focused education. It was a tremendous honor and we are excited to start a national conversation on innovation in education.
Members Sweep Awards for Local Climate Science Video Competition
Many communities in the U.S. lack resources for their youth to compete in the more high-tech pursuits, like videography, that rapidly become our cultural standard. But your community is different.
Equipped with resources provided by Digital NEST, and creativity wholly their own, three Digital NEST members entered and won top awards in a video competition about Climate Science. Two of these youth had never taken on a project like this before. Felicia, Omar, Cesar earned $100 each, and the knowledge that they can achieve high tech success.
Member Spotlight: Yulissa, 3D Designer
Like many of our members, Yulissa’s studies are computer focused–but outside of school hours, she didn’t have access to a computer. These days, she takes advantage of the resources available at Digital NEST, drafting projects for her 3D Design ROP class. “I’m building my portfolio now, improving older projects,” she says. “Right now, I’m working on designing a USB lipstick in SketchUp [CAD Design program].”
Like many of our members, she demonstrates the potential our community’s youth have when given the tools they need.
Yulissa is also one of the members featured in our “Faces of the Digital Future” event this Saturday!
Looking Ahead! Summer Institutes.
We’ve got a huge lineup of week-long institutes for members this summer: Web Development, Graphic Design, Coding for the Web, Intro to Programming, GIS Digital Mapping, 3D Design, Video Production, Audio and Music Production, and Robotics.
Each workshop features a field trip, including Dell and Applied Motion, or a stipend upon completion (Web Development).
Thank you for joining us this month! We look forward to seeing you again next time.