Sponsor a Hacker!

Sponsor a Hacker and Get a Limited Edition Space Apps Reno T-Shirt

We are offering a limited edition t-shirt with the Space Apps Reno 2016 poster along with the opportunity to sponsor a participant for the 2017 hackathon to be held on April 29-30, 2017. This event is part of the NASA Space Apps Challenge, the worlds largest hackathon. The is no fee charged to the participants so all proceeds will go directly to their care and feeding during the event.

Get your t-shirt today: https://www.booster.com/space-apps-reno


Save the Date: Space Apps Reno 2017

Space Apps Reno is part of a global hackathon that is organized by NASA as part of the International Space Apps Challenge.  April 28th-April 30th, 2017 the City of Reno will participate for the fifth year in this global event. The event is free to participants and we rely on donations from local government and businesses to support the engineers, designers, inventors and other collaborators from the community during the two-day event.  Below are the available sponsorship packages and corresponding benefit to the sponsor.

Win a ticket to @SWEReno 2016!

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Reno and launch your next startup!

More about the event here: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/reno/startup-weekend/9616

Complete the questions below, submissions close at 12pm on Thursday, November 17th.
Create your own user feedback survey

Join Our STEAM TEAM in the Race for the Cure

Be a part of the STEAM Initiative and join our STEAM TEAM in the Fight Against Breast Cancer.

The STEAM Initiative is a non-profit organization which promotes education and community betterment by engaging individuals involved in STEM/STEAM fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Susan G Komen is just one of the causes we plan to support.

DATE: October 16, 2016

TIME: Race site open at 6:30 a.m.

PLACE: Downtown Reno | Reno City Plaza | 10 N Virginia St

Get involved. Dress up on race day. Have fun while helping a great local cause!

Anyone can join!


Call To Artists

Space Apps Reno is seeking a poster design for the 2016 Space Apps Reno Hackathon taking place on April 23-24 in Reno, NV.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2016

Application Guidelines

  • Include name & contact information
  • Sample portfolio: 2 images via e-mail or link to online portfolio
  • Brief artist statement

E-mail applications to: [email protected]

Selection Process

One artist will be selected and notified by March 17, 2016 to design the poster. The final poster design will be completed by April 8, 2016. The selected artist will be given an honorarium upon delivery of the finished poster, which will also be exposed to a global audience. While the poster is specifically for Space Apps Reno, last year’s NASA Space Apps Challenge spanned 133 cities in 62 countries with a total of 13974 participants.  So use your creativity and artistry to illustrate Reno’s participation in the world’s largest hackathon, and add a great piece to your portfolio!

Press Release–Poster Design Contest

2016 Call to Artist – Poster

Hour of Code

STEAM Initiative is a proud to sponsor the Hour of Code at Damonte Ranch High School on December 9, 2015.

Star Wars is all the rage. However, the computer science behind it often remains a mystery to students, preventing them from entering lucrative, high-demand careers in the field. Now, Damonte Ranch High School is using “The Force” to shed some light on the “Dark Side” of computer science. On December 9th, students, staff and even the principal will dress up in Star Wars outfits as part of the nation-wide Hour of Code event and slay the mysterious word of computer coding. No, it doesn’t take a Yoda to do it either.

“Hour of Code convinces students that they can do this,” says Ms. Lombardi, Career and Technical Education Teacher at DRHS. “Typical comments are, ‘that was cool,’ ‘I never thought I could do it.’ It turns out, anyone can learn to code and we ARE teaching them how.”

Student work from DRHS Computer Science I, created with Microsoft’s Touch Develop platform, will also be highlighted. This program is sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), GirlMade, STEAM Initiative, Women Into Computer Science & Engineering (WICSE), Indoff Material Handling, and Silicon Valley Power Amplifier Corp. Media interested in the event should call Ms. Lombardi to RSVP and mark your calendars for this fun-filled, cutting-edge, career-oriented event.

HoC flyer _final

STEAM Initiative is providing one CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 (1GB) Ultimate Starter Kit + a 1 hour one-on-one tutorial session on getting started with the Internet of Things.

Our next camp is Remote Controlled Car for ages 13-17 at TMCC. Sign-up today!

Your children will gain an understanding of electronics and programming as they work with computer boards to control toy cars with smartphones, tablets and laptops. Through hands-on projects, they’ll explore the Internet of Things, a concept that enables new ways of interacting with our environment through technology. After they learn hardware and software basics, they’ll program the car, which will be theirs to take home upon the conclusion of class.

Join our mailing list to stay informed of future STEAM Initiative Events and Workshops

Video Game Design – Fall Camp with NVDM

Video Game Design — Grades 5-7


Don’t just play games, design them! In this exciting camp you’ll learn the finer points of video game creation. You will use the current programming platform Scratch, and get an introduction to the more complex Unity 5 game design platform. Throughout camp you’ll develop the vision for your game, define the target audience, and understand core mechanics to make your idea come to life. You’ll explore these concepts in fun hands-on ways, on and off the computer. Presented in partnership with the STEAM Initiative.

Find out more and register at nvdm.org or by calling 775-786-1000


STEAM Initiative @ Reno Mini Maker Faire

Come to the Maker Faire Reno on May 30, 2015 near the Innovation Center, The Discovery, and the South Side School  from 10am-6pm.

Click here for tickets



This project aims to provide astronauts in long-distance space flight (LDSF) with a comforting reminder of home. The G.E.O (Geological Environment Observer) is a gray-water powered device that emulates weather p… Visit Project


The core idea of this project is to build a scale model of the solar system in Reno. The dome of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno is painted to look like the Sun and, when used for scale, would result in a solar system approxima… Visit Project

Nodeschool Reno

Nodeschool consists of in-person workshops that are free & open to the public.


Mentors will be available to help lead and teach students through a series of challenges designed to teach the fundamentals of web development and the javascript programming language.

All ages and experience levels welcome.

More info here: http://nodeschool.io/reno/

Nodeschool Reno is just one of the many chapters of nodeschool.io.