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SFAz Native American Code Writers Program


The Native American Code Writers program was initiated and funded by the Arizona Legislature in April 2016. Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) was awarded a one-year grant to begin a pilot during January to December 2017 in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education Office of Indian Education.  The Native American Code Writers program targeted Native American students and their teachers in order to teach Computer Science (CS) to 100 high school students yearly, across three reservations. The CS content is designed to help students think critically, problem-solve, and work with technology integration using app development, gaming, website design, multimedia, cyber security and robotics.

About SFAz

Founded in 2006, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is a 501(c)(3), public/private non-profit organization created from the collaboration of three Arizona CEO business organizations – Greater Phoenix Leadership, Southern Arizona Leadership, and the Flagstaff 40.  These CEO groups made a five-year commitment to fund SFAz’s core operating costs. Those funds are now raised through corporate and individual philanthropic donations. SFAz’s purpose is to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy by:

  • Investing in scientific and engineering areas of greatest economic importance to Arizona
  • Facilitating strategic collaborations between Arizona research institutions and industry
  • Supporting effective education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Attracting and retaining world-class jobs and talent
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SFAz continues to play a pivotal role in delivering and managing an investment strategy in purpose-driven innovation, research and education to spur greater businesses opportunities, further investments and new technology sector growth.

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We support science, technology, engineering and math education as well as assist in helping schools meet new STEM standards.

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We make connections between Arizona researchers, businesses and educators. Our grants help ensure Arizona’s competitive future by funding research in areas of strategic importance to the state.

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Arizona STEM Network

A first-of-its-kind strategic effort to help improve Arizona’s educational system for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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Community College STEM Pathways

STEM Career Pathways offer students additional opportunities to explore and prepare for successful careers in new and emerging STEM fields.

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Private donations fund our operating budget, education and research efforts.

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