TechStart Expo countdown: 58 days away!

 In #TAFLab, #TeamTAF

Have you marked your calendar yet? TechStart’s biggest annual event, the TechStart Expo, is less than two months away!

Please join us Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Brockey Center, South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle 98106), from 10am to 2pm. Be prepared to see:

  • Scratch presentations by 5th grade students from Highlands Elementary (Renton) and Mount View Elementary (White Center)!
  • Presentations about weather systems and states of matter by Seattle 2nd grade students!
  • Websites designed and written by our Seattle middle school students!
  • STEM college & career fair!
  • Lego Mindstorms® Robotics competitions!
    • Speed race!
    • Obstacle course!
    • Robot golfing!

Stay tuned for more details. View pictures from previous Expos here.

On a new note, I’m very excited to welcome C’Ardiss “CC” Gardner Gleser, our new TechStart Program Director! I asked CC if she wouldn’t mind introducing herself here, and here’s what she had to say:

Hi All! I am so happy to be here at TAF, as the new program director for TechStart!

My name is C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser, but I like to be called CC. I worked in software for a number of years and I volunteer a lot in the community around education and access to education. At my last job, I was the Outreach Coordinator in the Diversity and Community Office at University Prep, an independent school in North Seattle. What I enjoyed most about that job was working with the families and being on a position to advocate for them; whether it be setting up interpretation services for our ELL families or helping to coordinate a community wide potluck around the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I am happy about being at TAF and being able to combine my passions around education and my love for technology into one job; I love the feeling of having the opportunity do community work at work.

Some things about me:

I love, love coffee ice cream.

I have three children ages, 19 yrs, 10 yrs, and 5 yrs. They keep my husband and me very busy, but they are a lot of fun!

A few of my favorite books are Quicksand by Nella Larsen, Plum Bun by Jessie Fauset, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and An Autobiography of an ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson.

While, this is only my fourth week, I already feel at home and I know that I am going to love it here.

Thank you,



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