A Summer Program for 21st Century Skills and STEAM Career Readiness in NYC
The two-week Techbridges residential program is designed to provide high school students with an inspiring, hands-on experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). The program will focus on career readiness and 21st Century skill development, including:
- technology literacy
- critical thinking
- cross-cultural fluency
Students will be exposed to a wide range of eye-opening experiences with an agenda comprising interactive project-based activities; teaching, training and guest lectures from industry professionals, university professors, alumni and current students; site visits to technology labs or companies; and design, production and research activities. These activities will culminate in a final group project in which students will design and develop a game or interactive media tool that addresses a social issue or problem.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Summary of Program Goals
- Develop 21st Century skills in students, along with an increased understanding of what is necessary to succeed in today’s digital economy.
- Present a broad overview of both digital and non-digital educational technologies including simulations, online tools, games and mobile apps.
- Listen to and interact with first-rate speakers including Ivy League and Columbia University professors and industry professionals.
- Design, develop and present a final student project that may be included in resumes and portfolios (a valuable asset for college applications).
- Expose students to a well-rounded, diverse NYC experience that takes advantage of many of the best aspects of the city: premier academic institutions, world-class arts and design communities, Fortune 500 technology companies, etc.
- Inspire student to consider Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) careers.