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BHS senior earns another technology award

Fiona Chow, a senior at Burnsville High School, is among recipients of a Minnesota Aspirations in Computer Award presented to young women for their technology-related interests and achievements.

Along with recognition, honorees are awarded prizes ranging from tech devices to job shadow experiences and mentorships to paid summer internships and more.

The award is presented by the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence to recognize and encourage the next generation of women in the state’s computer/IT industry.

Students create club to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers

Someday they’d like to be scientists, computer programmers, engineers or mathematicians, but now they’re female students at Burnsville High School and they’ve started a new club to encourage and support girls interested in STEM careers.

The Women in STEM club began last spring when senior Emily Reynolds realized the need for a club for girls who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She knows that women are under-represented in STEM jobs and she wants to change that dynamic.

Burnsville High School to host 'Hour of Code' night for K-12 families

Burnsville High School will be hosting a “Family Hour of Code” night on Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., as part of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week on Dec. 4-10.

This is the first time that BHS will be hosting a family-oriented Hour of Code event. The goal is to have District 191 families with students who are interested in computer science get together and try coding.

Coding is when you tell a computer exactly what to do by giving it step-by-step directions. It’s also known as computer programming.

Chromebooks purchased to provide one-to-one for middle school students

Chromebooks are on their way to middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 this summer after the Board of Education approved the purchase that will provide one-to-one personal learning devices for all students in grades 6-8.  

Using funding provided by the Vision One91 referendum approved by voters in 2015, the District will purchase 2,100 Chromebooks from Best Buy Education, along with management licenses for all the devices and support in preparing them for student use.

Burnsville High School junior receives national recognition for computing

Burnsville High School junior Fiona Chow received the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) and earned recognition at the national level.

Fiona was selected to receive this award based on her demonstrated interest and achievement in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.

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