Apple expands community education initiative in partnership with California State University


As a strong advocate for bringing coding to the elementary level, Apple has expanded its Community Education Initiative (CEI) to more schools and communities in partnership with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

In a new article, the company detailed that the CSUDH has engaged in various activities with elementary and middle school students from all walks of life to offer them the opportunity to learn new scientific and technological skills such as the design of applications over the past few weeks.

  • The CSUDH welcomed more than 300 elementary and middle school students from Los Angeles to its Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) lab for a “STEAM Max” event.
  • Launched after-school coding clubs and a regular Saturday STEM Exploration Day where activities are mentored by CSUDH computer science majors in six elementary and middle schools.

In just three years since its launch, Apple CIS has expanded to 99 countries and regions, and all 50 states

Apple launched the Community Education Initiative (CEI) in 2019 to provide coding, creativity, and career opportunities for learners of all ages, especially communities traditionally underrepresented in tech, in collaboration with schools, colleges, and colleges. education and community organizations.

Now, the program is extended to learners from 99 countries and regions, and all 50 states.

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As part of Apple’s community education initiative, CSUDH introduced STEAM experiences to approximately 2,000 students and teachers in greater Los Angeles. The program is expected to reach 4,000 additional learners in 40 schools this year.

Dr. Kamal Hamdan, director of the CISE laboratory of the CSUDH said:

“What amazes me the most is what we have been able to accomplish in such a short time thanks to this unique partnership with Apple,” said Dr. Kamal Hamdan, director of the CISE laboratory at CSUDH.

Thousands of students who would never have had access to this type of learning have gone through one of our programs, and you can’t put a dollar amount on those experiences. It’s a testament to the fact that when two like-minded organizations put their hearts and heads toward a common goal, the sky is the limit in terms of the number of lives we can change.

Such programs will surely help young girls explore a future in technology, an industry that lacks female representation.

In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook said there is absolutely no excuse for the lack of women in the tech industry. He highlighted the importance of Apple’s programs like CEI and Swift that provide early exposure to coding for young learners, which will hopefully “change the number of people who take computer science and programming classes.” because “the essence of technology and its effects on humanity depends on women being at the table.

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