Student Programs

Working collaboratively with strategically minded employers from the tech industry, K-12 educators, and community organizations, Nextech has developed the Student Journey, a framework for a sequential set of experiences that:

  • Inspires students – and their community of educators and caretakers – to look at technology differently,
  • Develops a baseline of technical skills in the traditional classroom and
  • Provides opportunities for those students with a demonstrated attitude and aptitude for technology to cultivate their passion into a viable post secondary career plan.

The assumption is that as students increase their level of engagement, both in terms of time spent and sophistication of experiences, the more they will internalize the world of possibilities a career in technology can afford them. The outcome is an increase in the number of students that choose this path upon graduating from high school, thereby narrowing the gap between the number of computer related jobs and the qualified talent to fill those jobs.

The following are Nextech’s strategic programs designed specifically for K-12 Hoosier students.

Navigate

Modeled after tech and educational conferences, Nextech Navigate is a virtual field trip designed to educate and inspire high school students about the power of CS and careers in technology. This annual event includes educational sessions across three main themes: development of specific technical skills; connecting the classroom to careers in tech; and exploration of post secondary paths.

Coding Competitions

Today’s students within them the hidden potential to create beyond their wildest imaginations; they simply need the inspiration to unleash that potential. Through a series of individual and team based coding competitions Nextech is the catalyst to help students realize they have the power to be creators of technology, and not just consumers.

CSforGood

Celebrating and recognizing the unbridled imagination of students across the state, the Nextech CSforGood Competition challenges K-12 Hoosier to innovate, create and build positive change in their schools and local communities. Finalists are invited to the Indianapolis Statehouse where a panel of judges select winners.

Summer Coding Challenge

Each Summer Nextech challenges students to identify an issue in their community and create a technology solution to address it. Submissions can range from wireframes to visual prototypes to fully functioning applications. Prizes are awarded throughout the competition and overall winners are selected at the end.

LevelUP Winter Challenge

Level up your tech skills! Nextech LevelUP is all about getting you to the next place in your CS journey. Whether that is learning more about tech careers, growing your CS skills or attending a specific workshop, Level UP will get your there. Open to 6-12 grade Indiana students statewide, it is built for various levels of CS experience making it available to all.

Catapult

For Central Indiana rising high school Juniors and Seniors, Catapult is an 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.

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