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STARS Celebration 2014

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Aug 14, 2014 to Aug 16, 2014

Arlington, VA

STARS Celebration 2014, held near the nation’s capital, was attended by over 250 enthusiastic participants.  Students and faculty shared their experiences and expertise in areas such as K-12 outreach, research and publications, graduate school and faculty advancement, leadership, mentorship, as well as professional development and salary negotiation.  The program was enriched by technology talent from the Washington DC area such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Cyber Patriots. Highlights of Celebration included Keynote speaker, Ruthe Farmer, from NCWIT; poster and flash talk sessions by STARS students; and time to network with STARS new and old by renewing previous friendships as well as meeting cohorts and individuals new to STARS.

Download 2014 Celebration Schedule/Program

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STARS Celebration 2013

Empowering 21st Century Tech Leaders

Aug 15, 2013 to Aug 17, 2013

Atlanta, GA

This past Celebration, held in Atlanta, GA, brought together 300 STARS Corps members and Industry professionals from across the country. Attendees gained tips from real world IT recruiters, shared best practices among student-led outreach sessions, and met recruiters at our expanded Student Poster Competition and Career Fair Expo. Some of the more popular session presentations can be found here! If you are interested in participating in the 2014 Celebration in Washington, DC, contact Karen Bean, STARS Project Manager.

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STARS Celebration 2012

Transform Minds, Change the World, Be the Change

Aug 11, 2012 to Aug 13, 2012

Hampton, VA

The 2012 Celebration saw more than 322 STARS students, faculty, Alliance and Industry partners convene in Hampton, VA for an energetic and exciting weekend of collaboration and innovation at the STARS Celebration. Attendees were engaged through a diverse panel of Women in IT, an interactive "Power Tower" lunch, student-led outreach sessions, and the ever popular social networking game Snag'em. New this year was the Industry and Community Expo that brought STARS students and faculty together with key partners. Visit our CelebrationFlickr site for images of this dynamic conference.

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STARS Celebration 2011

Inspire, Create, Innovate

Aug 07, 2011 to Aug 10, 2011

Raleigh, NC

The 2011 Celebration saw 168 student attendees, 72 faculty and community partners participating over the course of three days. The theme of Inspire, Create, Innovate was highlighted through parallel sessions focusing on technical excellence, leadership skills, research experiences for undergraduates, professional development, and civic engagement. Sessions for faculty and staff included broadening participation in computing, faculty advancement, and alliance management. In addition, comprehensive workshops were conducted on Pair Programming, Tekkotsu Robotics, Computing with CS and App Inventor, Teaching AP CS Principles and connecting your classroom to the community. Coupled with lively industry lunch panels and an extensive poster session presented by the students, Celebration achieved a high level of student engagement and experiential learning in 2011. Students were connected like never before through the Celebration's exclusive social networking game "Snag'em" and our "Night at the Museum" was especially entertaining for history buffs and ballroom dancers.

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STARS Celebration 2010

Ready, Connect, Engage!

Aug 07, 2010 to Aug 11, 2010

ChampionsGate, FL

A total of 245 students attended the 2010 STARS Celebration conference, including 168 students, 53 faculty and 24 community partners. The theme of building community was continued through session topics including Leadership, Technical Excellence, Web Development, and Community Outreach. Workshops topics covered Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology, and ad hoc sessions and reflections were also introduction. The highlight of the conference was the "STARS Shine on Lakeland Evening" which included a reverse recruitment fair and a televised discussion with academic and industry leaders on Technology, Leadership and Innovation.

Download 2010 Celebration Schedule
Download 2010 Shine on Lakeland Schedule

STARS Celebration 2009

Making a Difference Through Computing - YES WE CAN!

Aug 09, 2009 to Aug 12, 2009

Tallahassee, FL

Participation has more than doubled since the first year, with a total of 277 participants at the 2009 STARS Celebration conference. Student participation events include a judged leadership project poster competition and the successful implementation of the student developed networking game SNAGem. Conference topics included Leadership, Technical Excellence, Web Development, and Community Outreach, as well as workshops on Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology.

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STARS Celebration 2008

Innovation Through Service - Tomorrow's Leaders Start Today

Aug 10, 2008 to Aug 13, 2008

Auburn, AL

The 2008 STARS Celebration celebrates the accomplishments of the second year and kicks off the third year of the STARS Leadership Corps. The academic conference was focused on innovations, research, and careers in computing, includes sessions on technical excellence, leadership skills, research experiences, professional development, and civic engagement. Culturally Situated Design Tools, Mentoring Programs and Assistive Technology workshops were also offered. Participants included 183 students, 52 faculty and 26 community partners, for a total of 261 participants. Students participated in a judged poster competition highlighting leadership projects, and each poster winner was awarded a cash prize.

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STARS Celebration 2007

Shaping the Future

Aug 11, 2007 to Aug 15, 2007

Charlotte, NC

A total of 113 students, 40 faculty, and 50 community partners participated in the 2007 STARS Celebration conference. The conference showcased the student successes of year one and welcomed and inducted new members into the Alliance and SLC. Highlights of the Conference sessions were: the Mis-education of Our Generation, the Future of Computing, Web Development, Requirements Engineering, Game Design, and Usability Engineering. The Conference hosted a Public Forum which brought together students, faculty, and industry leaders to discuss partnering for a more diverse national IT workforce and included a student poster competition.

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STARS Celebration 2006

Aug 06, 2006 to Aug 11, 2006

Atlanta, GA

88 college students and 20 faculty and staff, from 20 different academic institutions, including alliance member and partner institutions, attended the 2006 STARS Celebration (originally referred to as the SLC Workshop). The SLC workshop sessions included information on: the national need for a larger, more diverse computing workforce; what it means to be an IT or computing leader; civic engagement in computing by using the servant leader model; professional development; graduate school preparation; and strategies for mentoring. A fun, interactive session called "The Mis-education of Generation X" led the students to explore their misconceptions about race, ethnicity and gender. Other highlights of the Conference included sessions on: Diversity in IT, Games2Learn, Resume Writing Tips, Developing Requirements for Inventing, and Mentoring.


How To Get Involved

Sponsor a STARS Corps Student

Does your company or organization want to help further the impact STARS is making on women and minorities involved in computing? If so, we have multiple opportunities to partner with STARS!

Participate in the STARS Celebration

Join us for our annual leadership conference highlighting the achievements of our STARS Corps students and schools. Speakers, panelists, sponsors, community partners and general attendees are welcome!

Adopt the STARS Leadership Corps Model

The Corps is a curricular or co-curricular service-learning program that fosters student-led regional engagement. Find out how your institution can become part of STARS today!

Find a STARS partner near you

Community partners are vital to the mission of STARS. If you are currently implementing K-12 outreach and service learning, learn how STARS students can help implement your existing programs.

Join the STARS Online Community

Looking for unique resources or individuals to connect on great civic projects? Join our STARS Online community or visit the Digital Library for best practices and shared resources.


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