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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Other CompTIA programs powering tech careers

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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As a trusted provider of training for millions of technology workers around the word, CompTIA helps people get the tech careers they deserve with industry-leading certifications, courses and expert knowledge.


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CompTIA Community members are businesses that provide technology solutions and IT services. Representing professionals around the world, the CompTIA Community is a shared industry voice.


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Empowering the Future With Digital Fluency for Students

By CompTIA Spark


In an era where technology touches every aspect of our lives, it’s essential for middle school students to develop digital fluency and problem-solving skills from an early age – but they have to be taught. To equip the next generation with the tools and resources to thrive in the digital age, we’ve created a unique and engaging program designed to spark creativity, foster critical thinking and build digital proficiency.


Understanding CompTIA Spark's Course Methodologies and Trainings

CompTIA Spark develops and deploys innovative tech education programs that help unlock young people’s potential. We introduce students to the fundamental concepts of technology and computing. Our courses are carefully curated to cater to middle school students' learning needs and cognitive abilities, following a learner-centric approach where students actively participate in their education and develop skills through practical application. CompTIA Spark promotes digital fluency through program features like hands-on learning, real-world scenarios and collaborative learning.


Hands-On Learning

We believe in "learning by doing." Rather than relying solely on traditional lectures, our program emphasizes hands-on learning experiences, allowing students to work with various tech tools, software and hardware to understand technology in a practical context.


Real-World Scenarios

Our course content is designed around real-world scenarios that resonate with students, focusing on topics and subjects they’re already interested in. This approach helps them connect theoretical concepts to practical applications and fosters a deeper understanding of technology's relevance in everyday life.


Collaborative Learning

Our students engage in group projects, discussions and problem-solving exercises, which enhances their technical skills while promoting effective communication and teamwork – both skills that are necessary in high school and beyond.


Digital Fluency in the Classroom

How exactly do we accomplish this? Our goal is digital fluency – the mastery of common technology hardware and software in various contexts, which is crucial for success in today’s digitally-driven world. CompTIA Spark equips students with digital fluency through power skills like digital literacy, problem-solving and digital citizenship.


Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the first step to digital fluency. Our students gain a solid understanding of technology's basic components, functions and terminologies, providing them with the foundational knowledge that enables them to interact with various digital tools and platforms confidently and effectively.



Once they understand the basics, we take it a step further. Our program enables students to analyze challenges and devise innovative solutions using technology, preparing them to tackle real-world issues in a technology-centered society.


Digital Citizenship

We also focus on fostering responsible and ethical technology use. Our students learn about cybersecurity, online safety and responsible digital behavior, empowering them to navigate the digital world responsibly.


Project-Based Learning and Higher-Level Thinking

A key aspect of our program at CompTIA Spark is an emphasis on project-based learning and higher-level thinking. This approach enriches the educational experience in several ways that foster application of knowledge, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and collaboration and communication.


Application of Knowledge

We go beyond traditional learning. Through project-based learning, our students can apply the concepts they've learned in practical, real-world scenarios. This hands-on experience not only solidifies their understanding, but it helps them internalize knowledge more effectively.


Critical Thinking

In the real world, projects often present complex challenges that demand critical thinking and creative problem-solving. By grappling with these issues, our students sharpen their analytical skills and become adept at approaching problems from different angles.


Creativity and Innovation

Our program encourages students to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions, which nurtures their creativity and fosters a mindset of continuous learning and adaptability.


Collaboration and Communication

Teamwork makes the dream work! Our students often work in teams, promoting collaboration and effective communication and developing the soft skills that are vital for success in the modern workplace.


Creating a Well-Rounded Educational Experience

Combining digital fluency, project-based learning and higher-level thinking creates a well-rounded educational experience for middle school students. Our program goes beyond rote memorization and instead nurtures critical skills that will serve students well in their academic journey and beyond.


As they gain confidence in technology and problem-solving, our students become better equipped to face the ever-evolving challenges of the digital age, preparing them to be leaders and innovators in their chosen career paths – and life in general.


CompTIA Spark allows middle school students to engage in projects and utilize problem-solving skills, providing a more profound understanding of technology's role in society and its potential to create positive change. Like you, we believe digital fluency is as important to students’ future success as reading, writing and math.


Discover how CompTIA Spark’s programs help students develop these skills and empower them to thrive in an increasingly digital world of today – and the future.


Learn more about digital fluency in our series:

The Value of Digital Fluency for Today’s Middle School Students

Developing Skills: Digital Fluency for the Modern Student

Why Is Digital Fluency Important for Students?

From Digital Literacy to Digital Fluency: A Path to Success