February 2018: Amanda Birmingham participated in College & Career Day at KIPP Adelante, a public middle school in San Diego that prepares children from underserved communities for college. She spoke to four classes of 5th-8th graders about her work as a bioinformaticist and how her college education helped prepare her for a career in a discipline that didn’t even exist at the time!
December 2016: This year, Amanda Birmingham was the featured speaker at an assembly for middle-schoolers at High Tech Media Arts school in San Diego, where she gave a demonstration of translating a real-life algorithm into a program using the Scratch language. Amanda also shared with them why she loves writing software, and how software affects nearly every aspect of modern American life, and answered questions from the students.
December 2015: Amanda Birmingham took part in the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. She participated with a panel of programmers speaking about their careers to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at High Tech Middle Media Arts in Point Loma, California
December 2015: Aaron Gary also took part in the Hour of Code and spoke to students at La Jolla High School about his career as a software engineer and how computers are used in Healthcare. He discussed big data and recommended engines for medical informatics and statistical inference.
December 2015: Amanda Birmingham participated in a video conference with Ms. Sylvia Gibson’s Computer Prep class at Chollas-Mead Elementary in San Diego, California. She took an algorithm for an origami guessing game from the real world into the programming language used by the class (Scratch) and then into the language used at CCBB (Python).