The Impact of Kids in Tech

Afterschool tech club program Blog Post Program | May 30, 2022

According to the Center for Childhood Creativity, “Data shows that young people are not graduating with the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly-evolving, technologically-driven workforce.” By 2024, 80% of the top 10 most in-demand STEM jobs in the Greater Lowell area will be in the technology sector – some of the most desired skills for many growing industries across the country. 

Our Community Needs Kids Interested in STEM

With statistics like this, getting kids interested in technology related fields becomes imperative to the growth of our community. According to Geek.edu, only 10% of college STEM graduates are in Computer Science. Comparing that to the above statistic saying 80% of STEM jobs will be in technology, a shift is clearly necessary. However, after school programs such as After School Tech Club encourage kids of today who may not have seen technology as a path for them to investigate and learn about all the amazing opportunities technology offers while also having a great time. 

14 year old Naomi had this to say about the After School Tech Club: “I did not think I was going to like Tech Club at first,” she shared, “but it is really fun and interesting. I like that we get to build things, tear them apart, and build again. We also get to go on field trips and see real tech people at their jobs. I get to learn things that I do not learn in school.”

Naomi now plans to attend vocational high schools and pursue a career in Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology or Carpentry.

Kids in Tech Programs and their Influence 

The After-School Technology Club enables children in underserved communities to engage with technology and businesses. Over 300 students have participated in the club to date. According to a survey conducted after the program, 77%of the students said they are now considering a career in technology. In addition, 69% said their grades improved and 70% said they will enjoy Math and Science classes more. 

In addition to the After-School Technology Club, Kids in Tech also hosts Beyond the Microscope, a series of 7 webinars between February and September. Beyond the Microscope has been running for two seasons and we look forward to our sixth webinar which will be held at the end of this month. Viewers are able to login and interact with a panel of experts discussing important issues in their respective fields today.  

For the third year in a row, Massachusetts STEM Week named Kids in Tech as a partner for this year’s STEM Week in October. STEM Week is a collaborative effort between the Executive Office of Education, the STEM Advisory Council, and the state’s nine Regional STEM Networks, which plan and coordinate activities with local schools, community leaders and business partners. Kids in Tech will host “Everyday Engineering: Using the Ordinary to Create the Extraordinary,” will deepen 5 – 8 grade students’ understanding of the different branches of engineering. The challenge will cover the five pillars of engineering and include a series of webinars to simulate the activities. Kids in Tech plans to reach 8,500 students with this design challenge.

These programs affect the way students view technology and learning in general through hands-on activities. Getting the opportunity to take something apart and discover an idea for themselves excites students to continue their investigation both in and out of the classroom and hopefully into their careers. 

Tech Club Recap

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It’s been a great year at Tech Club. See what the students have been up to throughout the school year.

Introduction to Graphic Design

Students learned principles of design and created their own fliers using Google. 

Learning How to Use Google Survey

Students learned how to make their own survey using Google forms and analyzed their results.

Introduction to AI & Machine Learning

Students trained simple machine-learning models and used them to play games and complete interactive projects. 

Filmmaking

In partnership with the Cambridge School of Weston, students wrote, scripted and filmed their own original short film. 

Robotics In partnership with iRobot, students used the Root® robot to draw artwork, play music, respond to touch, light, and sound, and more, all while exploring the fundamentals of robotics.

Rocket Science

Rocketry covers a variety of disciplines, including math and physics, and helps students to reach STEM educational objectives. 

  • (Middle School Students) ( Rocketry 101) – Students built their own rockets and launched them!
  • (Young Kids- Elementary ) Students built Alka Seltzer Rockets. Our Mighty Seltzer Rocket’s propulsion is caused by the interaction of water and an Alka-Seltzer tablet. The thrust for the rocket is the production of carbon dioxide pushed out of the rocket’s base. In addition, a demonstration of the transfer of energy, and an example of the conservation of energy is present in the experiments. The stable design allows students to explore variables for fuel and flight investigations.

Be sure to follow Kids in Tech to keep up the latest and greatest news and events from our after school program. If you’d like to get involved either personally or professionally, please contact us. We’re always looking for Career Day speakers and volunteers to help grow our program.