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MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD, OUSD Students Compete in Future Trailblazer Challenge

Media Advisory

WHAT 
Life below water, responsible consumption and achieving food security -- these are some of the topics that middle school students from seven SFUSD and OUSD schools will present at the first-ever Future Trailblazer Challenge, hosted by Salesforce.org. 

WHEN/WHERE 

Thursday, May 30 / 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Moscone West, TrailheaDX Conference, First Floor, Surfside Theatre

 
WHY 
The Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) fields are some of the fastest-growing industries in the workforce today, and preparing students for STEM is a priority of SFUSD and OUSD. SFUSD is the first large, urban school district in the U.S. to create a comprehensive pre-K to 12 computer science curriculum. The number of students participating in computer science instruction has dramatically increased since 2013-14. 

AUDIO/VISUAL 
Students from four SFUSD schools and three OUSD schools will be brought on stage at TrailheaDX in a Shark Tank-style challenge, where the judges include Salesforce's co-founder Parker Harris and Chief Philanthropy Officer Ebony Frelix Beckwith. The winner will be announced in real time, and that school will win its very own Makerspace. 

ABOUT THE FUTURE TRAILBLAZER CHALLENGE 
Salesforce.org is hosting the inaugural Future Trailblazer Challenge, where middle-school students from public schools in the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts are using coding curriculum to build solutions that address sustainable development goals and solve the area's most pressing challenges. Throughout the month of May, students gathered daily in the classroom to learn the curriculum and create their vision of a sustainable future using cutting edge technologies like 3D printing. On May 14, more than 200 students in teams presented their ideas at Salesforce's global HQ in San Francisco and the seven winning teams moved on to the finals on May 30. 

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Page updated on 05/29/19