Catapult Experience

You Are the Next Tech Pioneer

Nextech Catapult LogoBecome a Nextech Catapult this summer and be the next generation of tech talent. Catapult is a fully-immersive computer science program for rising high school juniors and seniors in Marion county who aspire for a career in technology. Taking place across five weeks from June 14 – July 16, 2021 and taught by a licensed Indiana computer science teacher, participants will develop technical skills, create authentic peer relationships, improve workplace readiness, create plans for post-secondary success, and build deep roots for a lifelong personal and professional connection to Indianapolis.

Nextech Catapult Logo

Become a Nextech Catapult this summer and be the next generation of tech talent. Catapult is a fully-immersive computer science program for rising high school juniors and seniors in Marion county who aspire for a career in technology. Taking place across five weeks from June 14 – July 16, 2021 and taught by a licensed Indiana computer science teacher, participants will develop technical skills, create authentic peer relationships, improve workplace readiness, create plans for post-secondary success, and build deep roots for a lifelong personal and professional connection to Indianapolis.

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Catapult is a yearlong experience where high school students aspiring for a career in technology are thrown into the deep end of Central Indiana’s tech community. Get to know our Catapults and hear about how their experiences have transformed them.

Impact Stories

Patience
2016-2017 Catapult
Jeff
2018-2019 Catapult
Shayna
2019-2020 Catapult

The Catapult Experience

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.

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Technical Skills Instruction

Students, via bootcamp-style learning, develop the foundations of computer science and web development with a focus on design thinking, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and jQuery.
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Industry Connections

From workplace visits to guest speakers to job shadowing, students learn about central Indiana’s leading tech companies and career opportunities along with creating professional relationships with executives across various local companies.
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Community Engagement

Students engage in experiential learning, discovery and informative sessions designed to foster relationships within the Catapult cohort and the Indianapolis community.
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College & Career Readiness

From industry-led workshops to college tours, students will gain the foundation needed for post-secondary success, focusing on addressing key post-secondary hurdles and crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking.
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Catapult Testimonials

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"The Catapult program helped me realize I could actually work with a group and bring something to the table too. It 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 and comfortable in this society which I integrated into a year ago."

Jeff

2018-2019 Participant
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"By far the area that improved most was communication. Prior to the program I tended to not particularly enjoy talking to new people but now I am so much more comfortable with it and actually enjoy talking to people so much more. Also working in a group was a big thing that I worked on, as I had never worked on a website in a group before, and the coordination between each other was huge."

Kaleb

2019-2020 Participant
Shayna Headshot

"The industry tours were definitely the most beneficial aspect of the entire summer program. They gave me the opportunity to not only see but also experience the tech scene of indy. It also gave me the chance to see what my near future can look like in not only college but also the job force. There was no other program that I could have gotten an experience like this in except for Nextech."

Shayna

2019-2020 Participant
Ricky Headshot

"This program helped me grow as a person as I've gotten to come out of my shell and enjoy the people around me. I had no idea just how amazing it would be getting to meet 25 other people my age and getting to connect with them all. Friendships and connections are something that don't come super easily to me, but I've made so many of them and realized that networking is something that I can do."

Ricky

2019-2020 Participant

Catapult Testimonials

Jeff Headshot

"The Catapult program helped me realize I could actually work with a group and bring something to the table too. It 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 and comfortable in this society which I integrated into a year ago."

Jeff

2018-2019 Participant
Kaleb Headshot

"By far the area that improved most was communication. Prior to the program I tended to not particularly enjoy talking to new people but now I am so much more comfortable with it and actually enjoy talking to people so much more. Also working in a group was a big thing that I worked on, as I had never worked on a website in a group before, and the coordination between each other was huge."

Kaleb

2019-2020 Participant
Shayna Headshot

"The industry tours were definitely the most beneficial aspect of the entire summer program. They gave me the opportunity to not only see but also experience the tech scene of indy. It also gave me the chance to see what my near future can look like in not only college but also the job force. There was no other program that I could have gotten an experience like this in except for Nextech."

Shayna

2019-2020 Participant
Ricky Headshot

"This program helped me grow as a person as I've gotten to come out of my shell and enjoy the people around me. I had no idea just how amazing it would be getting to meet 25 other people my age and getting to connect with them all. Friendships and connections are something that don't come super easily to me, but I've made so many of them and realized that networking is something that I can do."

Ricky

2019-2020 Participant