Catapult Experience

Fueling Indy's Next Generation of Tech Talent

For Central Indiana rising high school Juniors and Seniors, Catapult is a yearlong immersive experience that helps students aspiring for a career in technology to develop technical and workplace skills, authentic peer relationships, a passion for community service and deep roots for a lifelong personal and professional connection to Indianapolis.

Application Process

Applications are closed for 2020-21.

Stay tuned for Catapult 2021-22!

Not ready to commit to the yearlong Catapult Program? Check out our four day Explorers day camp! 

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

Supporting Organizations

The Catapult program would not be possible without the financial support of corporations and philanthropic foundations that share our passion for creating equitable access to opportunity for all students..  We are incredibly appreciative of the organizations listed to the right for their commitment to the Catapult program.

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