Inspiring youth to become the next, best Minnesota-grown technologists
Helping middle- and high-school students discover, explore and engage in the world of information technology (IT)
Developing and nurturing IT talent does not begin with a college internship. Long before students even know they want to work in IT, they show interest in tech-related activities. IT Discovery Network is a collaborative venture of IT professionals supported by Advance IT Minnesota. We help users discover, explore, and engage in IT learning experiences that grow their technology skills, and to be exposed to individuals and organizations who are passionate about the IT profession. The goal is to support students and give them resources to make informed decisions about their future learning and career options.
The IT Discovery Network offers a continuum of initiatives where students and others learn about IT career areas.
Our intent: to help users discover, explore, and engage in IT learning experiences that grow their technology skills, and to be exposed to individuals and organizations who are passionate about the IT profession.
IT Discovery Network
Twin Cities, Grades 3-6
We do for coding what little league does for baseball. We run epic robotics and coding classes through partnerships with community education programs in Minnesota with all of the excitement of a sport.
Best Buy Teen Tech Center
Twin Cities, ages 12-19
A space for teens to use new technologies with help from other teens and adult mentors, and then share their work with other teens across the globe through the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. Technology and multimedia tools are available for music and video production, interactive programming, digital photography, graphic design, and much more.
Twin Cities & online, Grades 9-12
DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.
- High Tech Camps
- Digigirlz Day
- On-line classes
Free, mentored coding environment and events for youth.
CoderDojo Southern Minnesota, ages 8-17
Youth under 13 must have a parent present for entire event.
A not-for-profit organization inspiring kids and teens to become code-savvy, that is, to understand the kind of creative thinking that goes into coding, and to try out programming computers and devices. Core Programs:
- Code Camps — Wide variety of summer programming for youth
- Technovation Challenge –Young women ages 12-18 design and code mobile apps as they participate in this global coding and entrepreneurial challenge + the festive Appapalooza
- Code Clubs — youth learn to code after school at community sites. Code Savvy has launched code clubs and coding events at several locations in North Minneapolis in 2015, and plans to expand to other communities.
- MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort— K-8 teachers and after school educators explore integrating coding into the curriculum and develop skill in coding and creative problem solving through hands-on workshops.
- Learn to code— advice on online resources for beginning coders.
Digital Empowerment Academy
Twin Cities, priority to North Minneapolis students, ages 13-17
The Digital Empowerment Academy is a digital literacy, civic technology initiative that works to enable youth to become savvy creators of digital content. Cohorts of students work through a curriculum.
Twin Cities, Grade 12/seniors in partner high schools
Genesys Works changes the life trajectory of underprivileged high school students by enabling them to work in meaningful internships, at major corporations, during their senior year in high school. After an eight-week intensive training program, students work at one of our client companies where they discover that they can indeed succeed as professionals in the corporate world.
Girls in Tech
Minneapolis, Grade 12/senior girls
Description: Girls in Tech Minneapolis is a social network for women in technology based fields focused on connecting, educating and empowering. We join together to help each other learn, grow, and excel. What does Girls in Tech have for youth?
- Youth-orientated events
High Tech Kids
We work hard to offer high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate science and technology. Grants to support core programs:
- MN FIRST LEGO League
- MN FIRST Tech League
- MN Jr. FIRST LEGO League
Minneapolis, ages 6-99
Leonardo’s Basement is a one-of-a-kind creative learning environment for “kids” of all ages to design and build from their imagination. Sign up for classes, offer birthday parties, etc.
Minneapolis, Grades 5-12
To help students dream with direction by providing pathways to digital careers.
- Reve Edu – basic web design elements
- Reve Dev – business skills
- Reve Retail – digital marketing skills
Online, Grades K-12
Play, build, and learn Game Development! Play fun, app-friendly games and earn badges to be the best. Build a drag-and-drop math-centered baseball game. Learn the basic concepts of Game Development and STEM theory.