When it comes to getting young people interested in the tech industry, parents and educators have many questions to ask about how best to move forward. Do you encourage your child to build a computer? Are you going for the multi-thousand dollar bootcamps or are there some affordable options? How could they get an internship or an apprenticeship as a teenager?
But fear not, it turns out that there are plenty of options in the DMV for tech-inclined teens (over 15, to be precise). Whether it’s taking initiatives in the classroom, after school hours, or over the summer vacation, DC has a plethora of offers for young people interested in STEM fields or considering a career in coding.
Find out below who’s making waves and preparing kids for a technological future:
Have a partnership with the Consumer Technology Association to its credit, the national extracurricular club offers many technological offers for children and adolescents. Members can learn more about STEM fields as well as energy and urban infrastructure. More, Comcast tricked his Benning Road NE digital lab a few years ago with a $ 100,000 makeover as part of a five-year digital literacy campaign.
This national program hosts programs for young black girls in AI, robotics, virtual reality, app and website design, blockchain, and 3D printing. Its DC chapter has been running strong since 2015, introducing more than 600 girls to coding and STEM programs each year, according to BGC. Plus, meet up on September 18 for a 101 course in Python 1 for DMV girls ages 13-17.
Founded by an IT professional and native of DC Tennisha martin, Black Girls Hack offers cybersecurity resources, workshops and training programs. In addition, it facilitates a mentoring program to connect future cybersecurity professionals with representatives working in the field.
With its IRL Museum located at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia, kids can experience and try out all different aspects of science and technology in its exhibits. But it also hosts events, camps, and programs for schools, preschools, and virtual and in-person offerings for families and students (you can also check out the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore).
Part of the DC CityBridge CityWorks offers a three-year, paid learning program in information technology, business operations and financial services, in partnership with local technology companies. In its second year, the organization expanded to offer internships to 45 high school DMV students.
In addition to its software offerings, web design company H Street Clearly Innovative hosts educational programs for adults and children. Schools can participate in an educational program that teaches the basics of development, entrepreneurship and design through after-school programs and summer camps for students of all ages. Dedicated young adults can also enroll in its programming “deep” into startup principles, user experience, software development and product management.
Northwest DC offers more than 50 courses in web and mobile application development; computer, coding and technology training as well as six-week bootcamps for teens and adults. Students can register to take online courses or participate in one of HSTS ‘local partnerships with entities including DC’s HashFlow, Maya Angelou charter public schools and The Linux Foundation, among others. He also offers scholarships for his courses ranging from a 25% discount to free tuition, and he hopes to add more partnerships in the coming months.
In 2020, the GSNC added four new science and technology badges. Girls can now earn a badge in Entrepreneurship, STEM Career Exploration, Automotive Engineering, and Civic Education.
Designed to bridge the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code has a strong presence in DC helping interested women and girls break into the industry. The national nonprofit has 19 sites in the DMV area, as well as free in-home options, with courses in CSS, HTML, and Python.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to tackle social change, LearnServe has a host of offerings to use entrepreneurship methods and innovation to alleviate social problems. Available to DMV middle and high school students, interested teens can participate in a scholarship program, incubator, study abroad trip, and school educator program.
The Dulles, Va.-Based organization partners with local schools for technical training, specifically IT and cybersecurity offerings to prepare students for the workforce. With an overall goal of adding 100,000 young black and brown technologists to the workforce by 2030, it plans to add 10,000 more members nationwide by the end of 2021.
Founder Gerald Moore Sr. hopes the program will help equip students with the skills they need to ensure they can achieve the careers they aspire to.
“How many millions of kids are coming to school and their counselors tell them they can’t because you didn’t do pre-math, physics, and chemistry by the time you graduated?” Moore told Technical.ly in June. “A lot of us don’t believe we have the ability to do this… We’re going to dispel this myth. “
This annual event is designed to help generate interest in STEM among children of all ages and backgrounds. This year’s event will take place from October 15 to November 14, with a special focus on building bridges to employment.
Since its inception in 2013, On-Ramps to Careers has worked with local high school students to provide internship opportunities at local tech companies. The six-week summer program, which offered 200 paid internships to black students in 2020, also offers on-site recordings and additional on-the-job training. Currently, it offers internship options (as well as resume writing and interview preparation) in networking and computer hardware, digital media, computer programming, cybersecurity, and web design. .
The national nonprofit association Per Scholas offers professional support, financial services, networks, and general resource offerings for those seeking a career in technology. At its location in Silver Spring, MD, it offers free training programs and certifications in IT support, cybersecurity and Re / Start Amazon Web Services, with in-person and remote options.
With its roots at home, ProjectCSGirls provides education for college girls in technology and social good. The national nonprofit is headquartered in DC, with high school and middle school students running local chapters. If your child is just getting started with tech play, ProjectCS offers introductory workshops as well as a national competition each year for students to apply what they have learned.
This program of the Capital CoLab of the Greater Washington Partnership aims to fill a skills gap for employers in the region spanning DC, Baltimore and Richmond, with a focus on increasing the number of women and BIPOC professionals in the tech field. To get there, he’s working with educators, local governments and employers in those regions to advance digital and tech skills in schools and tailor a curriculum to what companies want their future employees to be able to do. As part of his work with students, he recently established a $ 5 million digital technology degree scholarship program to support this work, with the goal of supporting 2,000 students by 2025.
The Annandale, Va. ICT Camp runs two-week programs for local students each summer. Campers can choose from tracks in computer programming, digital art and graphic design, animation, as well as the technical side of film, music and photography. In the past, it also offered circuit and robotics programs.
Going forward, leaders aim to include programs that allow children to build their own computers, work with drones, and integrate Minecraft modding.
“What is good about our lessons is that we adapt the project to each child according to their interests…” Director of operations Daniel Morais says Technical.ly. “This ability to be in the driver’s seat ultimately provides passion and contributes to their success. “