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Blog Post The ABCs of STEM Careers | February 8, 2022

There are so many interesting careers in the field of STEM. Through our new series, the ABCs of STEM Careers, you will be introduced to 26 career paths and possibilities that may inspire you to pursue a future in STEM! 

The first video in this series will focus on Architects. Architects not only design buildings, but they are also involved in the construction process and share their expertise in the sustainability of building materials. Check out the full video here.

A day in the life of a STEM Professional – Part 1

Blog Post Mass STEM Week | October 19, 2021

Ever wonder what it’d be like to work in the STEM industry? We thought it’d be fun to interview a STEM professional during #MassSTEMWeek.  During #STEMWeek, we will highlight a few professionals across the Greater Boston area to see what they love about their job and how they got started in the STEM field.

Meet Jennifer James, Vice President of Market Development at nDimensional. Check out our conversation and see why she choose to go into the STEM industry.  To watch her full video interview, click here.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s special guest! 

WMJX-FM Exceptional Women Podcast

Blog Post Podcast | October 17, 2021

Sue Tabb talked with Olu Ibrahim, Founder and CEO of Kids in Tech, about partnering with Massachusetts STEM Week. Kids in Tech’s AI and ML themed STEM Week program, titled Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Ethics, Coding, and Creating Smart Cities, will focus on middle school students, and will provide customizable lessons and learning modules to teach them the basics of AI. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping children gain critical skills and confidence in STEM fields. 

WMJX-FM Exceptional Women Podcast | Sunday, October 17, 2021

WMJX-FM Exceptional Women Blog Post | Sunday, October 17, 2021

Gratitude Report FY June 20-May 21

Annual Report Blog Post | October 5, 2021

At Kids in Tech, we call our Annual report the Gratitude Report because we are grateful:

  • Grateful for the hundreds of donors and volunteers passionate about ensuring kids get access to high quality technology education in the after-school setting.
  • Grateful for our community partners working to make a difference.
  • Grateful for our team of experienced staff, volunteers, and donors who ensure all kids see a clear pathway to the tech industry earlier in their educational trajectory.

The future of work is hybrid. But is it accessible?

Beyond the Microscope Blog Post | April 29, 2021

By Michaela Goss, Communications Volunteer

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced all schools and businesses to move to remote operations, if they were able. One year later, as vaccines roll out, schools and businesses are attempting to figure out life after the pandemic.

Many businesses have already pledged to remain remote for good, while many schools will return to fully in-person operations as soon as possible. A new model many workplaces may turn to is hybrid, where staff will be part-time in-person and part-time remote. For many workers, this approach may seem ideal: They get to maintain the flexibility of remote working, yet they can also go into offices if they so choose. But is this accessible for everyone?

The ability to work from home seems inherently accessible. The worker wouldn’t have a commute, and, therefore, any company could hire an employee regardless of where they live. However, this idea assumes that everyone has internet and broadband connectivity at home, which is not the case. Rural and low-income urban communities, in particular, are more likely to lack internet access at home.

The main issue with this inaccessibility is that people in homes without internet connections would be fully unable to work, learn, or both from home, so they could potentially lose a source of income or fall behind in school. This is what is commonly referred to as the digital divide, or the gap between those with the benefits of technology and the internet and those without.

Many rural and low-income people and families are inherently disadvantaged by the digital divide. However, some cities, including Philadelphia, are partnering with internet service providers to provide connectivity into the homes of low-income students and their families.

The digital divide also strikes in a more tangible form, as well. Remote workers and students can’t do their work without devices like computers or tablets, so some organizations have also donated Chromebooks to low-income students, and some school districts are providing Chromebooks, as well.

The pandemic still leaves many technology-related questions unanswered, though. Are free internet access and gifted devices acting as band aids for the more detrimental issues the digital divide presents? Will Philadelphia and other cities still provide internet access to those low-income households after students can return to school in-person? Will students get to keep the devices they’ve been gifted by organizations? Or will the world return to the divided normal it was back in early 2020 and before?

In a more optimistic angle, maybe the world won’t return to the pre-COVID normal. Maybe these students will remember the impact of the pandemic and the exacerbation of the digital  divide it caused, and will want to make a difference. Instead of a return to what was normal, the world could enter a brighter digital age, where more students decide to enter technology fields in order to innovate connectivity globally.

Maybe more students will feel excited, educated, and empowered to enter careers in technology, just as Kids In Tech hopes they will.