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Bridging the Divide! Read All About it!

Friends,

We have a quick but very exciting announcement. On top of being featured in a Charlotte Observer and News & Observer series about supporting the growth of high-achieving low income students, our work and our scholars have been featured on the front page of the Observer!

We are so pleased to see a spotlight shone on the work being done to advocate for under-served scholars in Charlotte. We are also extremely grateful that the Observer has chosen to include our work in such an important piece.

If you can’t get your hands on a paper copy of Wednesday’s Observer, click here to check out the online version. You will find our work mentioned under “#4 Pay for extra opportunities when parents can’t”.

Thank you, as always, for supporting Digi-Bridge as we work to #bridgethedivide!

Cheers,

DJ

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Prepare for Liftoff, Summer #DDCodeIn is Coming!

Friends,
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We are excited to announce that registration for our second Daddy Daughter Code-In of 2017 is now open! Join us on Saturday, June 17th from 7-8:30 pm for a night of food, fun, and technology.
If you have never attended one of our Code-Ins before, you are in for a treat. After eating together, each Daddy-Daughter Duo will rotate through activities that include exploring robotics, creating constellations, and more!

Did you know that although women fill close to 1/2 of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs? Let’s show our young ladies that their potential is out of this world, because after all, girls code too!

We gear our activities towards K-8th grade scholars, but all ages are welcome. The event is located at Google Fiber’s East 7th street location. Please come prepared to pay for parking that evening at one of the parking lots or decks off of 7th street.

img_3281Come celebrate Father’s Day early with your daughter(s) and enjoy the teamwork of hands-on STEAM learning! Click here to reserve your spot now, as tickets are limited.

Please contact Kelly Carpenter at kelly@digi-bridge.org for additional questions or inquiries. We can’t wait to see you there!

Cheers,

DJ

 

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ICYMI: #STEAMSaturdays in The Observer

Friends,

We are proud to share that our digital consultancy work at Ashley Park Pre-K – 8 was featured in The Charlotte Observer this week!

In case you missed it, here is the link to a piece that informs the community not only img_0567our #STEAMSaturdays programming, but a number of fun learning opportunities we have been able to provide thanks to the generosity of the OrthoCarolina Foundation.

Any opportunity to have our work featured on such a platform means a lot to us here at Digi-Bridge and spreading the word about our programming makes great strides to help us #bridgethedivide. Please check out the article, and if you could share it with your friends on social media, we would really appreciate it! Here is the URL if you need: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article149050544.html

file_000Just as a reminder, registration is still open for our Summer #STEAMSaturdays, which run until June 3 at Advent Coworking (Plaza Midwood) and until June 10th at Hygge Coworking West (West Charlotte) and Birkdale Offices (Huntersville). Classes can now be purchased individually at $25 per course to best work around your family’s Summer schedule!

You can learn more about these courses and register at digi-bridge.org/courses and send any questions to Kelly@digi-bridge.org.

Wishing you a restful weekend,

DJ

 

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Summer #STEAMSaturdays are Just Around the Corner!

Friends,
We at Digi-Bridge are preparing to kick off our Summer #STEAMSaturdays in three different locations. It’s a very exciting time for us and img_3760we want to make sure you have the chance to be a part of our growing efforts to #bridgethedivide.
Registration is still open and will remain open throughout our Summer series as you are now able to register for each class individually. We want our STEAM enrichment to be available to your family no matter what your Summer holds!
As always, in addition to advancing through our coding portal, scholars will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEAM activities. Here is a preview of our Summer offerings from our BodyWorks series as well as a special bonus from Careers in the Arts:

May 6th – Analyzing our Airways

May 13th- Moving with Muscles

May 20th- Seeing Eye to Eye

May 27th- The Blood Within Us

June 3rd- Cruising through the Kidneys

June 10th- DJ Bin (pulse, beats, and beat combination) *Hygge West and Birkdale only

Here again are all the details and the link to register:
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Locations : Hygge Coworking West, Advent Coworking, and Birkdale Offices

Dates : Six Saturdays from May 6 – June 10
(Five Saturdays, May 6 – June 3 at Advent Coworking)
 
Time : 9 – 10:30 am
Cost : $25 per Saturday
Register now on our site by clicking here.
 
Feel free to reach out to Kelly@digi-bridge.org with any questions.
Cheers,
DJ

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Get Ready for Demo Day and Summer #STEAMSaturdays!

Friends,
Summer is quickly approaching and we know that your schedules are filling up with lots of great activities and vacations. We wanted to share with you all what Digi-Bridge has on its calendar so that you can include us in your summer fun!

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FREE Demo Day (This Saturday!)
If you are interested in learning more about our #STEAMSaturdays but aren’t quite sure you’re ready to register, we are hosting a Free Demo Day so that you can come try it out.

We will walk you, the parents, through the process so you understand the core principles of #STEAMSaturdays while your scholar gets to experience it firsthand. It’s Digi-Bridge’s “Try Before You Buy” event, if you will! We only have a few spots left, so click here to register now!

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Location: Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Time/Date: Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am- 10:30 am.
Cost: FREE
Ages : K – 8
Summer #STEAMSaturdays
If you are ready to jump right into our #STEAMSaturdays classes, great! Your scholar(s) will get to experience a hands-on activity from one of our series of interactive Digi-Bins. These activities allow students to explore and play in a constructive way while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
They also get to learn the foundations of coding by using to our online activities portal! We spend part of every class exploring online and working in programs that help introduce your children to (or continue their training in) the concepts of coding.
We have 3 Summer locations: Huntersville, Plaza Midwood, and West Charlotte.
We want this experience to be as flexible as possible for your family, so we are now offering individual Saturdays. That means you can sign up for just 1 or 2 specific Saturdays if you need to work around other Summer plans,  or you can go ahead and register for all 6 Saturdays offered!
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Locations : Hygge Coworking West, Advent Coworking , and Birkdale Offices

Dates : 6 Saturdays from May 6 – June 10
(5 Saturdays, May 6 – June 3 at Advent Coworking)
 
Time : 9 – 10:30 am
Cost : $25 per Saturday
Register now on our site by clicking here.
 
Feel free to reach out to Kelly@digi-bridge.org with any questions.
Stay cool out there!
Cheers,
DJ

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It’s Back! Another Free “Demo Day” of our #STEAMSaturdays

Friends,

We are excited to announce that we are hosting another Free Demo Day of our #STEAMSaturdays!

If you are interested in learning about our #STEAMSaturdays classes but you want to experience it in person before signing up, this is for you! Do you have a friend who has been thinking about signing up, but just isn’t sure? Please let them know!

On April 22nd from 9:00-10:30 am we are offering a free demo day to 12 students at Hygge Coworking West. Parents will see a presentation on our classes and students will get to experience first hand what #STEAMSaturdays are all about.

And… admission is free!

If you have already attended a #STEAMSaturdays series or classes in the past, we ask that you leave spaces to new families only.

You can register here.

Again, if you have friends who might be interested, please help us spread the word.

For more info or for any questions please email Kelly Carpenter at kelly@digi-bridge.org

Cheers!
DJ

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This is IMPACT: Digi-Bridge and Google Fiber Moving the Needle in Charlotte

Friends of Digi-Bridge,

Wow. Talk about an honor.

We have been fortunate enough to find recognition and support in a number of fantastic partners these last couple of years: Knight Foundation, OrthoCarolina, Reemprise Fund, Social Venture Partners, even an invitation to President Obama’s White House!

img_3204We are here to tell you, the great news keeps rolling in. In addition to their commitment to hosting our entire 2017 Daddy Daughter Code-In series and powering #STEAMSaturdays at Allenbrook Elementary, Google Fiber has chosen to feature our partnership in their National Community Impact Report. Our work will represent Google Fiber’s efforts in Charlotte on a national stage and we could not be more proud.

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Google Fiber shares our vision of equitable access to technology and education in communities all over the country. And they think our work is a shining example of that vision.

Thank you Google Fiber! Let’s continue this work to #bridgethedivide here in Charlotte and beyond.

Onward!

DJ

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Guest Blog: Ashley Park 8th Grader Linda Ka

Our Duke University Trip

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Elated. Eager. Ready.

The feelings we felt on our way to Duke University were enough to keep our
thoughts and conversations occupied — until our minds drifted somewhere else
that is. And so we laughed, entertained ourselves, and talked excessively with one
another, all the way to Duke.

We marveled at the campus as we passed each building, everyone having a
comment about everything. Soon our bus screeched to a stop in front of the Duke
Admissions Office and before we knew it we were already off the bus and taking
photos—especially of each other and ourselves—before going inside for a restroom
stop. There, many of us exclaimed in humor about how great Duke water was, our
immature sides creeping out while the others quietly explored the building.

img_7574We proceeded to walk to the main campus, where we received a tour from a kind student into the chapel and eventually reached the Duke cafeteria, where we ate. Despite some confusion in seating, we had help from a thoughtful worker and everything worked out. (The food was great!) We also got a visit from one of the football players, who informed us about Duke University as well.

Next we decided to visit the library, although we didn’t get to stay for long. We continued to explore the main campus before deciding to go to East Campus. Our bus ride there was a pretty new experience for most, and some had trouble adjusting, but they were also acting unnecessarily dramatic. What we didn’t realize was that we should’ve been a lot more grateful for the fact that the bus was relatively empty.
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At East Campus, what we were allowed to see was quite limited, but it didn’t stop some of us from having a little fun. Some of the boys decided to ask a few ladies for numbers, only to get hilariously rejected, of course. Although, the boys weren’t the only ones who decided to test their limits, as a few of the girls decided to go chasing after the ones who captured their interests. The girls acted a bit more sensibly than the boys though, deciding not to greet them nor ask for numbers.

After all the fun and games were over, we decided to head back for the main campus, where we couldn’t get to so quickly. Why? Well, the first bus back was particularly crowded with students, presumably on their way to class. Choosing wisely, we decided to wait at the stop this time for the next bus. As we did so, the amount of students that were there steadily increased, and so it was crowded once again. Luckily, once the bus came, we all managed to get on the – very crowded – bus.
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We shouldn’t be complaining though, we were the visitors after all. And it definitely gave us a glimpse of our college lives…

Next, we were on our way to the labs (I can’t recall the name of the building, I’m sorry!), where we were given a tour. We learned a lot and it was pretty interesting! For example, we saw many microscopes—many of them larger than we initially thought—and other machines. Personally speaking, though, the majority of us especially enjoyed trying on the lab suits!
After that, we didn’t really have that much time left and some of us went to go grab some drinks (and/or some food) from the Starbucks that was nearby. We chatted for a bit as we waited for our bus to arrive. So when it did arrive, some of us kind of made a fuss to get to the bus for the back seats, but it wasn’t too hectic. On the bus, we were pretty calm at the beginning but of course we gradually got riled up (we still are kids)… and so that concludes our trip!img_7578
Overall, our trip to Duke University was eye-opening, interesting, fun, and
informational. This trip was definitely the full package, with the food, the people, the architecture, etc. To sum it up, we are really grateful that we had the chance to go there and have so much fun! So again, thank you to Digi-Bridge and OrthoCarolina for sponsoring this trip and also Duke University for having us!

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Digi-Bridge has partnered with Amazon Smile!

Friends,

I wanted to share a little bit of exciting news with you. We are happy to announce that we’ve made it easier than ever for you to help us #bridgethedivide! Please use the link here and Amazon will donate to Digi-Bridge when you shop at Amazon Smile. Just think, when you treat yourself to some fun new tech, you can help us provide access to tech-driven learning for Charlotte scholars.

Oh and don’t forget about our Spring series of #STEAMSaturdays! We begin this Saturday, March 11 at two locations. One is brand new to us! We will hold one series at the Hygge Coworking Space on Remount Rd, as we did for the Winter series, and one at Advent Coworking in the Plaza Midwood area. There are still a few spots left, and we’d love to see you there. Click here for more info and to register.

On both of these counts, we appreciate your support as always!

cheers,

David

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Free “Demo Day” of our #STEAMSaturdays!

Friends, exciting news!

We are hosting a Free Demo Day of our #STEAMSaturdays!

If you are interested in learning about our #STEAMSaturdays classes but you want to experience it in person before signing up, this is for you! Do you have a friend who has been thinking about signing up, but just isn’t sure? Please let them know!

On February 18th from 9:00-10:30 am we are offering a free demo day to 12 students at Hygge Coworking West. Parents will see a presentation on our classes and students will get to experience first hand what #STEAMSaturdays are all about.

And… admission is free!

If you have already attended a #STEAMSaturdays series or classes in the past, we ask that you leave spaces to new families only.

You can register here.

For more info or for any questions please email Kelly Carpenter at kelly@digi-bridge.org

Cheers!
DJ