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Connecting East Oakland high school students to visit tech companies and meet diverse tech staff at field trips, starting with Amazon Web Services for CS Ed Week (Friday, Dec. 9, 2023)!

December 1, 2022
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High school seniors and educators will be riding BART from Fruitvale Station in East Oakland to visit Amazon Web Services in downtown San Francisco as part of the Girl Geek X “Adopt-an-Oakland-School” program run by the nonprofit Oakland Public Education Fund.

The students hail from CCPA, a public Oakland school in East Oakland, California with the highest college-going rate in the district despite being located in one of Oakland’s highest poverty neighborhoods.

Last school year, Girl Geek X volunteers helped CCPA staff prepare for back-to-school reopening in the pandemic, shared career insights for 11th and 12th graders in the school, gave feedback on senior capstone project presentations, and hosted a Teacher Appreciation luncheon with goodie bags for educators.

This year, we have added FIELD TRIPS to the program to inspire future STEM careers.

The goal is to encourage field trips for students to experience a variety of workplaces, as well as the opportunity to experience a new learning environment. Students will gain invaluable insight on real-world job titles, skills, workplaces, etc. 

We hope to increase students’ aperture to a wide gamut of roles, companies, and forward-looking industries, from big tech companies to startups, including small businesses / entrepreneurship. On field trips, students expand their minds and STEM career options.

CCPA computer science educators teach classes in Java, Javascript, data science, web development, and more. Educators welcome increased collaboration between industry and academia, to inspire students to envision future careers in STEM.

Logistics for Field Trips

Many companies have free and/or catered lunch at the workplace that we can organize field trips around for “Lunch & Learn” events.

  • Company speakers will hail from a broad representation of various departments / teams within the company, from data analyst to accounting, from engineer to marketing, from project manager to support engineer, from sales to design.
  • We would like to emphasize both the traditional (higher education, vocational school) pathway to career success, in addition to “non-traditional” (coding bootcamps, self-learning with portfolio of work).
  • Many employee resource groups (ERGs), from POC to Latinx, may be interested in inviting their members to participate as volunteers and role models for the students. Girl Geek X may also source volunteers to join the students for conversation at lunch.

Sample Field Trip Agenda

  • 10:00am – Students and educators arrive to office, check-in 
  • 10:30am – Tour of office & introduction to teams / departments / volunteers roles
  • 11:30am – Lunch with volunteers from Girl Geek X and volunteers
  • 1:00pm – Workshop(s) on coding, business, workplace skills, or speed networking
  • 1:45pm – Distribute company swag
  • 2:00pm – Students and educators depart

Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Here are the times in the coming school year that field trips with CCPA can be scheduled, in order of preference:

  • December 5-11, 2022 Computer Science Education Week (or “CS Ed Week”)
    • Nationally-recognized annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students.
  • May 15-25, 2023 – “Postsession” 
    • This is a time for CCPA students to leave the campus and participate in a range of activities like backcountry backpacking, or participating in a course (e.g. art, STEM). The majority of students will choose among Art and PE electives. Postsession participation is required, so students are encouraged to pick an activity or course most aligned to their interests and schedule.  
  • Any Friday during the 2022-2023 school yearpreferably adjacent to a long weekend or holiday.
    • Semester 1: August 8 – December 16, 2022 
    • Semester 2: January 4 – April 27, 2023 (before AP tests / finals)

Transportation

  • If the company is located within walking distance (20-30 min) to a BART station, educators can walk with students to Fruitvale Station to BART to the field trip. CCPA field trip staffing ratio is 10 students to 1 educator.
  • Company Sponsored Transportation: Does a hosting company have a charter bus company they have reliably used? Or can the hosting company provide Lyft/Uber credits for students to carpool?

Get Involved

Volunteer or host a field trip for students!

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