The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley

The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley

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Refresh Annapolis Valley is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization offering workshops, events, and competitions aimed at exposing our community to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts, especially computer science. They offer programs for Primary to Grade 12 students, industry professionals, and beyond.

In 2018, Refresh Annapolis Valley hosted 49 events supporting entrepreneurship and digital technology in the Valley, with an estimated 930 participants attending. Over 60 volunteers made this all happen, along with 12 partner organizations. Refresh also opened their toolshed, which has approximately 10K in computer science educational material.

2019 is going to be a big year for the volunteer-run organization, building on previous years of educational activities introducing the computer sciences and entrepreneurship to the next generation, and supporting the existing digital technology community. To do this, their goal is to raise $15,000 to fund and expand on their current programming, including offering their Creative Computing Course (for kids 8-11), BUILD computer science overnight camp for girls, and Creative Computing day camps. #Scratchfest, the computer science build-a-thon for kids 8-17, will also be back for another exciting year. All programs will run free of charge.

Help Refresh Annapolis Valley continue to invest in our community. For more details about their fundraising campaign, visit refreshannapolisvalley.org/support/

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