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As part of our charitable efforts, the Rackspace Foundation selects several local STEM education organizations to give back to. Last year (and now in 2014), the San Francisco Office worked closely with Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces technology and computer programming to a new generation of coders from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the initiative is to expose young women and pre-teens of color to emerging trends in science and math.
This year, we wanted to say ‘Happy Holidays’ to our customers, but instead of a simple greeting we decided to put some muscle behind the message. We offered $1 for every unique view of our choreographed holiday kookiness, up to $10,000, with the donations split between five of our nonprofit partners:  Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year, Girls Inc. and FIRST Robotics. We sent it to our customers – if you haven’t received it yet, you should soon – and thought it was reasonable to leave this offer on the table until the end of 2012.
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.
November 15 may just be another Thursday for many folks, but it’s a special day for us here at Rackspace — it’s National Philanthropy Day. While it may seem strange to post about National Philanthropy Day on, it’s actually a really demonstrative way to talk about who we are as a company.
Geoffrey Canada, famous educator, social activist and head of the Harlem Children’s Zone, gave Rackspace an education Tuesday, urging business and community leaders and individuals to get involved in education to preserve one of the country’s greatest resources: children.
This past Sunday the Rackspace Foundation sponsored a chess simul held at Roosevelt High School’s Molly Pruitt Library. During the simul, or simultaneous exhibition, chess master Alex Weinberg played chess with 35 people at once.
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