Network of Education x (times) Training – or NExT

This partnership, which is called Network of Education x (times) Training – or NExT, is about preparing students to be a part of our innovation economy through a variety of cutting-edge programs. Whether it be igniting a passion for STEAM fields through the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy or preparing them for college with test prep or providing them with training for the most in-demand skills such as data analytics, the NExT initiative is designed deliver best-in-class education that will help students succeed in school and also get a jumpstart their careers.

On January 31, NExT will kick off with a pilot program funded by the Girard Foundation at the Central Library with courses in computer programming for high school students and then expand both its offerings and its location to as many as ten libraries over the course of year. 

NExT represents the very best of San Diego, demonstrating our commitment to collaboration and new ideas to deliver equity and excellence for our students while developing the talent we need to ensure our city’s ongoing prosperity.

Sally Ride supported community libraries. The following video captures the personal connection she has growing up during an interview in 2008 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

Sally Ride about Libraries from Sally Ride Science on Vimeo.

Downtown Library Courses - Winter 2017

Introduction to Python
Meeting Day: Tuesday
Dates: February 7 to April 11, 2017
Times: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Application - Course is now Full
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Description: This course will introduce students to computer programming via the Python programming language. Each class will consist of a brief lecture, followed by a self-guided demo. The course will cover basic topics in programming, such as arithmetic and Boolean expressions, string manipulation, conditional statements, for and while loops, I/O, and abstract functions. Attention will be paid to helping students develop good programming habits and code documentation. Students will be evaluated with weekly problem sets and a final project. 

Introduction to Video Game Programming
Meeting Day: Saturday
Dates: February 2 to April 8, 2017
Times: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Application - Course is now Full
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Description: This introductory programming class teaches students introductory concepts of computer science while using a videogame environment powered by the Unity game engine.  This class will use the C# scripting language to teach topics in code structure and syntax, conditional statements, loops, functions, data structures, and creating and running simple scripts. Unity will be used not only as a visualization tool, but course assignments will feature topics related to videogames such as handling user input, object collisions, interface design, and creating simple games.  This class is designed for students with little to no prior programming experience.  

Introduction to Virtual Reality Programming
Meeting Day: Sunday
Dates: February 2 to April 9, 2017
Times: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Application - Course is now Full
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Description: It looks so real! Join the Virtual Reality technology movement that simulates experiences (i.e., going on a rollercoaster) in a seemingly real way using special Virtual Reality equipment.  In this class, students learn the basic concept of stereoscopy and work in groups to create their own virtual reality interactive tools and games.  Students will gain experience in C# programming, 3D modeling and learn how to use the popular Unity game engine. Each student will be given a Google Cardboard* Virtual Reality viewer to use throughout the class and take home at the end of the course. Students will also have the opportunity to use the high-end Oculus Rift Virtual Reality viewer during class. On the last day of the academy, students will showcase what they have created at the final gala celebration and learn what students in other classes have produced. No prior experience with computer programming or 3D modeling is required.