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Rackspace believes in the promise of Fanatical Support, both for our customers and our communities. In our local office communities it takes the form volunteerism and investing in k-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). We believe that openly sharing within our communities makes us all smarter and fortifies our community’s technical and entrepreneurial foundations. We do this around the globe, from Texas to Australia, and it is especially evident in our mid-Atlantic developer office in Blacksburg Va. — affectionately known as “Racksburg”
Last month, Racksburg (the Rackspace Blacksburg dev offices) joined New River Valley Rocketry (NRVR) and several local community technology groups to support a very special STEM-outreach rocket launch here in Virginia’s New River Valley.
In recent years, the days before, during and after SXSW have become a playground for announcing new products, from Foursquare in 2009 to Flavors.me in 2010 and TOMS sunglasses in 2011. This year, the spotlight was trained on initiatives and programs designed to help more women build careers in technical and management positions.
If you want to be inspired by high school students who strive to better themselves and learn how to code in this Big Technology world we live in, than keep an eye open for one of the many CodeDay events going on across the country.
In the last few months, you’ve seen stories on the Rackspace Blog about our involvement with organizations and groups like Black Girls Code that encourage young women to pursue careers in programming and software development. We’ve also highlighted our work with Lean In and encouraged getting more women involved with OpenStack.  And over on our Developer Blog, we told you about how OpenStack was getting involved with the Grace Hopper Foundation.
When it comes to community support, Rackspace is generous in giving back. As part of our second quarter Rack Gives Back program, San Francisco Rackers voted to make charitable donations to multiple organizations that focus primarily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Winners included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Open Oakland and the Ada Initiative. But Rackers made the largest charitable gift to Black Girls Code (BGC).
As the world becomes more high tech, the White House recognizes the importance of education programs to get Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals in the workplace. The President is pushing for one million STEM graduates to fill this growing need.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is so near and dear to us not only because the “T” in STEM is what our business is based on, but also because STEM education is fundamental to driving innovation and keeping our nation’s workforce competitive. Through the Rackspace Foundation and the efforts of individual Rackers, we support a host of STEM-focused organizations and programs in our local communities and nationwide. To coincide with today’s kickoff of Computer Science Education Week, we prepared an overview of the current state of STEM education. Despite a bleak outlook just a few years ago, the infographic below reveals advances in scoring and participation in STEM subjects.
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