Our youth programs and events are carefully crafted to encourage STEM learning, break down gender myths, and offer career insight into STEM industries. All programs and events are led by an advisory committee, comprised of industry, higher education, and K-12 education professionals.
In addition to our own programs, we are also the central industry representative to Rhode Island’s P-TECH high tech program. P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. Students enrolled in P-TECH take college-level courses while in high school and graduate high school with a diploma and an additional associate’s degree in Computer Science. This program creates incredible opportunity for Rhode Island’s students while also supplying a steady stream of trained employees for our businesses. Click here to visit the P-TECH RI page to learn more about the program.
The Mentor/Mentee relationship is designed to promote exploration of the technology field, and give students exposure to careers and working adults in the field. Many students may not otherwise have the opportunity to build a relationship with an IT professional.
The Tech Collective—in partnership with Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, the Office of Innovation, Microsoft, Google, and others—has developed a framework to deliver engaging virtual learning experiences for Rhode Island’s high school students. This free program is for a virtual learning, engagement, and achievement platform (vLEAP) for this summer will offer remote learning opportunities through July-August 2020. It provides students with the opportunity to continue achieving academic gains during the summer months—mitigating both the summer slide and COVID slide.
Summer Programming Specifics
vLEAP’s summer 2020 programming engages students through the utilization of gamification, competition, prizes, and digital badging and supports students in acquiring critical skills and competencies aligned with CCSS/NGSS and RI CS standards. Students participating in this experience will be a part of a community working with teachers, faculty, mentors, and peers in a meaningful, virtual educational summer experience. They can engage with each other in a virtual environment using AltVR as well as more “traditional” virtual communication platforms like Zoom. They can access content—and track their progression—through a free online learning management system (LMS). This LMS, Schoology, is linked to an online digital badging platform through which students can share their learning with their peers and back with their home districts.
The vLEAP programming over the summer will include:
- AltspaceVR Virtual Reality Platform
- Badges and micro-credentials
- Gamified learning experiences and challenges
- Alignment with district learning and Common Core
- Different tracks based on interest and competence
- Multiple access points for students
- Capture the Flag events
- Culminating experience and student awards
Click the button below to be directed towards student information and registration.