Couragion has been fortunate to meet organizations with whom we have a strong synergy to increase both the access & participation in STEM education. In order to support our customers & achieve our larger vision, we’ve teamed up with the following amazing partners who share our mission to inspire students to pursue STEM-related careers.
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and their students to better understand CS and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. Today, CSTA's membership consists of more than 25,000 members from more than 145 countries. CSTA's mission to empower, engage and advocate for K-12 CS teachers worldwide aligns nicely with our mission of boosting the number and diversity of students that pursue STEM pathways. More and more, CS is a part of every STEM job and so it is critical that students everywhere have a qualified CS teacher in their lives!
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit community of nearly 900 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. NCWIT was chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation. It’s pretty obvious why we jive with NCWIT. In 2016 Couragion was proud to win startup of the year at the same awards ceremony where Lucy won a lifetime achievement award. She’s been a force and source of encouragement for Couragion’s founders for nearly two decades. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
The Colorado Technology Association leads a network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. The association provides opportunities for the community to connect and gain new insights with more than 50 educational programs, forums and signature events a year. Since 2001, the APEX Awards have been recognizing Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Couragion received the APEX award in 2016 for Startup of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association.
Ten80 develops and publishes K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, trains educators in the art of STEM & organizes events that motivate students to engage and learn over time. Ten80 provides curriculum for courses, clubs, & camps as well as Project-Based Learning Student STEM Challenges. We met up with Ten80 at one of their Regional STEM challenges to get a birds’ eye view into their amazing programs. See how they can help build or support your existing STEM programs!
Cogent provides Interactive Case Studies whereby students apply critical thinking skills to solve real world problems. Students take the role of a STEM professional as they visualize & interact with the molecular world & move step-wise through the scientific method. The embedded formative assessment allows teacher to see concepts or skills that individual students may be struggling with & intervene immediately. Cogent & Couragion are both supported by the National Science Foundation & part of the AT&T Aspire 2016 Class. You have to meet Clark the calf!
Bitsbox is a free website where kids as young as seven can learn computer programming. It's also a monthly subscription box that teaches kids to code. Each month’s box is filled with fun exercises – think of them like craft projects that feature learning, activities, & encouragement for the whole computer science thing—without more screen time. Bitsbox & Couragion are both in the AT&T Aspire 2016 Class & were finalists in Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition. We think they are pretty cool!