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This past August saw more than 322 STARS students, faculty, Alliance and Industry partners convene in Hampton, VA for an energetic and exciting weekend of collaboration and innovation at the STARS Celebration. Attendees were engaged through a diverse panel of Women in IT, an interactive "Power Tower" lunch, student-led outreach sessions, and the ever popular social networking game Snag'em. New this year was the Industry and Community Expo that brought STARS students and faculty together with key partners. Visit our Celebration Flickr site for images of this dynamic conference. If interested in participating in the 2013 Celebration in Atlanta, GA, contact Ashley Peeler, Director of Development & Marketing.
The 2011 Celebration saw 168 student attendees, 72 faculty and community partners participating over the course of three days. The theme of Inspire, Create, Innovate was highlighted through parallel sessions focusing on technical excellence, leadership skills, research experiences for undergraduates, professional development, and civic engagement. Sessions for faculty and staff included broadening participation in computing, faculty advancement, and alliance management. In addition, comprehensive workshops were conducted on Pair Programming, Tekkotsu Robotics, Computing with CS and App Inventor, Teaching AP CS Principles and connecting your classroom to the community. Coupled with lively industry lunch panels and an extensive poster session presented by the students, Celebration achieved a high level of student engagement and experiential learning in 2011. Students were connected like never before through the Celebration's exclusive social networking game "Snag'em" and our "Night at the Museum" was especially entertaining for history buffs and ballroom dancers.
A total of 245 students attended the 2010 STARS Celebration conference, including 168 students, 53 faculty and 24 community partners. The theme of building community was continued through session topics including Leadership, Technical Excellence, Web Development, and Community Outreach. Workshops topics covered Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology, and ad hoc sessions and reflections were also introduction. The highlight of the conference was the "STARS Shine on Lakeland Evening" which included a reverse recruitment fair and a televised discussion with academic and industry leaders on Technology, Leadership and Innovation.
Participation has more than doubled since the first year, with a total of 277 participants at the 2009 STARS Celebration conference. Student participation events include a judged leadership project poster competition and the successful implementation of the student developed networking game SNAGem. Conference topics included Leadership, Technical Excellence, Web Development, and Community Outreach, as well as workshops on Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology.
The 2008 STARS Celebration celebrates the accomplishments of the second year and kicks off the third year of the STARS Leadership Corps. The academic conference was focused on innovations, research, and careers in computing, includes sessions on technical excellence, leadership skills, research experiences, professional development, and civic engagement. Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology workshops were also offered. Participants included 183 students, 52 faculty and 26 community partners, for a total of 261 participants. Students participated in a judged poster competition highlighting leadership projects, and each poster winner was awarded a cash prize.
A total of 113 students, 40 faculty, and 50 community partners participated in the 2007 STARS Celebration conference. The conference showcased the student successes of year one and welcomed and inducted new members into the Alliance and SLC. Highlights of the Conference sessions were: the Mis-education of Our Generation, the Future of Computing, Web Development, Requirements Engineering, Game Design, and Usability Engineering. The Conference hosted a Public Forum which brought together students, faculty, and industry leaders to discuss partnering for a more diverse national IT workforce and included a student poster competition.
88 college students and 20 faculty and staff, from 20 different academic institutions, including alliance member and partner institutions, attended the 2006 STARS Celebration (originally referred to as the SLC Workshop). The SLC workshop sessions included information on: the national need for a larger, more diverse computing workforce; what it means to be an IT or computing leader; civic engagement in computing by using the servant leader model; professional development; graduate school preparation; and strategies for mentoring. A fun, interactive session called "The Mis-education of Generation X" led the students to explore their misconceptions about race, ethnicity and gender. Other highlights of the Conference included sessions on: Diversity in IT, Games2Learn, Resume Writing Tips, Developing Requirements for Inventing, and Mentoring.