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Programs that unlock young people’s potential in technology by focusing on middle school


Our innovative in-school and out-of-school programs make high-quality tech education available to more middle school students. We help spark an interest in tech, build skills for life and unlock life-changing opportunities.


 

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CompTIA Spark curriculum

Bringing engaging, high-quality technology education to more middle school classrooms

Give your middle school students the confidence and skills they need to succeed in today’s tech-driven world. Designed for middle grades, our curriculum is inspired by real-world work and the latest technology concepts. Backed by industry, it is available free of charge for educators and requires no previous tech experience to teach.

 

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TechGirlz workshops 

Helping create a future where girls and women are equal participants in the digital world

Powered by CompTIA Spark, TechGirlz workshops provide hands-on learning opportunities for girls in grades 5 to 8. By solving real-world challenges, participants build confidence and open their minds to new possibilities. With the support of partners in communities across the country, we’re empowering more girls to become tomorrow’s tech leaders.

 

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CompTIA provides training solutions for adults looking to begin or advance their careers in tech as well as opportunities for professionals to connect with industry peers around the world.

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CompTIA Spark invites middle school girls to unlock their potential through technology and explore future tech career opportunities

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 18, 2023 – Girls in middle school can explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers during a series of free, interactive workshops hosted this month by TechGirlz, a program of CompTIA Spark.

Four virtual workshops in a variety of technology skills are planned. The workshops, led by tech industry professionals, community leaders and students, are open to girls in grades 5 through 8.

“TechGirlz’ vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their lives and future careers,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, CompTIA Spark. “Our TechShopz sessions offer hands-on learning for middle school girls to explore a variety of topics, each designed to spark their interest and unlock their potential.”

Here is the lineup for January’s free TechShopz. (All times Eastern)

Intro to Arduino Programming (Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Low-cost microcontrollers, such as the Arduino, have revolutionized the way we connect the real and virtual worlds. The credit-card sized Arduino board can be used in robotics to control sensors or to create wearable technology. In this workshop, students will use the TinkerCAD Arduino simulator to create projects that include LED lights and buzzers. Coding experience is not required.

SQL: Explore & Command Databases (Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) – Did you know that most of the world’s data is stored in databases? This includes school grades, Yelp’s list of local pizza shops, music downloads, and much more. In this workshop, students will learn about a database structure, and more importantly, how you can get the database to answer your questions! The lesson will be hands-on and focus on standard SQL statements that can be used with any database software.

You Can Code! (Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) – Girls who are just beginning to code or want to start but don’t know where to begin are encouraged to join us and dive right in because coding is A-MAZE-ing! In this workshop, students will use Snap, a drag and drop language to interface with the memory of the computer to build a maze, exploring algorithmic thinking, control structures, and block-based coding.

Introduction to JavaScript (Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) – JavaScript is what makes the web move. JavaScript is used to make apps, interactive websites, responsive animations, web games… pretty much whatever you can think up. In this course, girls will explore the basic concepts of JavaScript, learn to talk directly to a website, and create their own JavaScript program.

Visit  https://s.comptia.org/3ZMZWGT for complete details on these programs, including registration and requirements for computers and internet access.

 

About CompTIA Spark

CompTIA Spark, a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is a social impact organization that works to unlock people's potential though technology. It aims to bringing high quality tech education to youth — whatever their background — making tech exciting, accessible and inclusive while building skills and confidence for life. CompTIA Spark is the first U.S. nonprofit to receive a multi-year grant from The Spectris Foundation, the UK-based registered charity that champions access to a high-quality STEM education around the world. CompTIA Spark was founded in 1998 by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce. Learn more at comptiaspark.org.

 

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