Catapult Experience

You Are The Next Tech Pioneer

Become a Nextech Catapult this summer and be the next generation of tech talent. Catapult is a fully-immersive program for rising high school juniors and seniors in Marion county who aspire for a career in technology, to develop technical and workplace skills, authentic peer relationships, and deep roots for a lifelong personal and professional connection to Indianapolis.

Apply to be a Nextech Catapult

Learn how you can make an impact, be an innovator & world changer through computer science.

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors in Marion county

What: An immersive boot camp with workshops on different computer science topics along with career readiness and virtual industry tours with companies right here in Indy. By the end of the boot camp, each student will have a completed personal portfolio website.

When: Mostly virtual with select in-person sessions if Marion County Covid guidelines allow (In-person sessions to be decided if they will take place by the end of April).

Applications go live on March 8th for the 2021 Catapult Summer Bootcamp!

Student Experiences

Nextech has partnered with best-in-class community organizations and industry volunteers to facilitate a series of learning experiences to ensure all Catapult participants develop a strong foundation of skills needed to succeed in college, career and life.

130 x 100 Technical Skills

Technical Skills Instruction

To develop baseline programming skills, students participate in a 3-week coding fundamentals bootcamp. The skills are complemented with lessons in design thinking.

130 x 100 Networking Option


From workplace visits to guest speakers to 1:1 coaching, students develop the relationships needed to form both a personal and professional connection to Indianapolis.

130 x 100 Community

Community & Civic Engagement

Students engage in experiential learning, discovery and informative sessions designed to foster a personal relationship with Indianapolis and spark an interest in civic engagement.

130 x 100 Workplace Readiness

College & Career Readiness

Industry-led workshops equip students with the foundation needed for postsecondary success, focusing on the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking.


“Nextech has helped me define my path in a very clear light. It's opened so many doors for me and I feel very prepared going into my future and knowing what's out there for me.”

-Hannah, Catapult Participant

“Catapult is amazing, and I love it! I can’t imagine where I would be without this program. I learned how to believe in myself. When times got hard, Nextech taught me to believe in myself and just take a deep breath because I could do it.”

- Nigel, Catapult Participant

“Thank you so much for the opportunity that you have given my son. I have never seen him so excited and optimistic about his future. I wish I could express how much this has already done for his self-esteem.”

- Catapult Parent

“The Catapult program gave me more confidence about attaining my goals. After listening to different speakers, I know I can make it to my dreams too. I am now more confident in this society which I integrated into a year ago.”

- Jeff, Catapult Participant

“Thank you to everyone at Nextech for all of the help, encouragement, patience and time invested in furthering my child’s growth and development in his passion for computer science.”

- Catapult Parent

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