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.
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:
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.