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AT&T Partnership Launched to Improve Diversity in Tech – iSchool

The AT&T’ Cuse Digital Experience, presented by the Museum of Science and Technology, Tech4Kidz and Syracuse University will accommodate 110 premises Students of the Municipal School of Syracuse for a free digital and STEM literacy summer program to help address digital divide issues in Syracuse.

AT&T, the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Tech4Kidz, and Syracuse University have partnered to create the region’s first free digital literacy and education summer program designed to solve the problems equality in technological education and to help local students affected by the digital divide. The AT&T’ Cuse Digital Experience is designed to encourage more underserved and diverse students to enter the field of technology, an industry that has long faced a pervasive diversity gap. The program will provide more than 110 underrepresented students from the Syracuse City School District in 4e up to 8e grades an opportunity to build digital literacy and readiness skills through unique immersive technology-focused experiences, while encouraging them to explore a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational and career path. The free program was made possible through the financial support and programming collaboration of AT&T through the company’s three-year program $2 billion national commitment to help bridge the digital divide and the homework gap.

The AT&T’ Cuse Digital Experience will take place in two parts. The first part of the program will be organized by Tech4kids and faculty from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) in conjunction with the Syracuse City School District for 80 students from 4e up to 6e students attending the summer school to provide additional digital literacy learning in a unique and fun way to engage students. The program will be held at Frazer PreK-8 School and Bellevue Elementary School beginning August –5e (Session 1) and August 8e –12e (Session 2) from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. The second part of the program will be hosted by MOST and faculty at Syracuse University’s iSchool beginning Monday, August 22.n/a – Friday August 26e from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the innovative museum for public school students from 6e up to 8ethe notes.

During the two program segments, students will learn a wide range of digital literacy skills, including cybersecurity, social media use, computer coding basics, keyboarding skills, artificial intelligence and the search for new facts. Students will also learn how technology can be used for good and community development by creating solutions and discovering creative uses to solve issues that affect young people in the region, such as digital citizenship. The AT&T’ Cuse Digital Experience will also connect students with team coding projects designed to make a difference in their schools and community, while giving them hands-on experience developing their own technology. Both programs will conclude with a digital demo day to showcase their final digital projects, which will feature student-created avatars in the digital world, addressing issues of digital citizenship and online safety.

To eliminate economic barriers, the program is free and lunch, snacks and transportation are provided. To register, Syracuse-area youth and their parents must fill out an application. The program is open to Syracuse City School District students in 6th gradee up to 8e. No prior technology experience is required. All applicants will be notified of the review process and potential acceptance prior to the start of the program.

(MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. MOST hosts numerous STEM educational programs and community outreach events each year and is home to 35,000 square feet of permanent and traveling interactive exhibits. MOST’s vision is to be a leading science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

Tech4kidz offers workshops for educators, classes for kids ages 8-15 as well as engineering/coding camps during the summer. These lessons promote computational thinking and provide children with problem-solving skills that they will apply in all areas of school. Our goal is to engage children with technology from an early age and make them confident users of the technology around them.

Syracuse University is a private research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to foster breakthrough discoveries and small group leadership. Its collection of 13 schools and colleges with over 200 customizable majors bridges the gap between education and action, so students can take on the world. In and beyond the classroom, they connect people, perspectives, and practices to solve interconnected challenges with interdisciplinary approaches.

Digital knowledge has become the new literacy and is driving all new global technologies. With the growing demand for innovation, organizations in various industries are struggling to fill qualified positions. It is predicted that there will be 3.5 million STEM jobs in the United States by 2025, highlighting the importance of providing young people with the tools and skills to compete in this innovation economy. The urgency of having more diverse tech-trained employees is heightened by the low percentage of diversity in the tech industry. This alarming shortage of diversity in the tech industry and growing STEM job market highlights the importance of offering programs like the AT&T’ Cuse Digital Experience for young people from all walks of life and in all economic situations.

AT&T’s support of this program is part of the company’s legacy of supporting educational programs focused on digital literacy and STEM disciplines in New York City and part of its ongoing commitment to digital equity through to efforts that promote device access, broadband affordability, accessibility and safe adoption. for everyone. It builds on AT&T’s previous investments and longstanding commitment to education, in which the company has contributed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students in underprivileged communities. served since 2008, focusing on academic success and workforce readiness by creating new learning environments and instructional systems to help students succeed and prepare them for business 21st careers of the century. AT&T is committed to leveraging technology and social innovation to help give New Yorkers – regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status – the opportunity to succeed in creating new learning environments and new education systems that promote racial equity in academic and economic success.


About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T

Our society does not work if it does not work equally for everyone. We recognize that inequalities are pervasive and we have a role to play in helping to address them. That’s why we are committed to advancing education, creating opportunity, strengthening communities and improving lives, especially among historically underserved populations. We have a long history of investing in projects that promote academic and economic success and meet community needs that promote social justice and racial equality. With a financial commitment of $600 million through AT&T Aspire since 2008, AT&T has leveraged technology, relationships and social innovation to help empower people – regardless of age, gender, race or socio-economic status – the possibility of success.

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