After-School Apprenticeships in Technology

by Citizen Schools
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In the past year, Citizen Schools has developed and delivered a multitude of outstanding technology apprenticeships as part of our STEM apprenticeship initiative that focused on building analytic and academic skills essential to related domains. Students and adults of diverse backgrounds forged positive relationships and at the same time, students were introduced to new opportunities and innovative information on STEM careers.

With help from a variety of partner organizatinos and supporters, Citizen Schools volunteers led more than 150 STEM apprenticeships in academic year 2006-07 - nearly 20% of the total apprenticeships offered. As we prepare to launch academic year 2007-08, we hope to sustain and exceed this number of STEM apprenticeships at our sites across the country.

One of our most substantial and exciting successes was our partnership with MIT in computer science. Students in technology apprenticeships debuted their learning and products at Kids Online! hosted by the MIT Media Lab. One of the featured apprenticeships was Scratch, a digital, multi-media software program that allows for more intuitive, kid-friendly programming to create music, animation and movies (instead of complex algorithms, the program uses visual blocks students string together). As you can imagine, this process was quite appealing to our young students; not only did they enjoy themselves, but they also learned important mathematical and computational ideas and gained a deeper understanding of the process of design. You can visit our students’ work online at http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/14.

Photo-- student using laptop
Photo-- student using laptop

PROJECT: AFTER-SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIPS IN TECHNOLOGY

Citizen Schools believes that the real-world, hands-on learning and experiences of success that characterize excellent apprenticeships will inspire a zest for learning that will carry over into all domains of a student’s life. Further, technology apprenticeships hone in on 21st century skills such as critical thinking and analysis, teamwork, math, and leadership and oral presentation skills.

In 2005-06, Citizen Schools campuses in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Northern California, and Texas offered a variety of technology apprenticeships including:

*website design *digital photography *coding *digital music-making *building a computer *digital logic *automobile engine building

Approximately 275 students participated in these apprenticeships, led by more than 50 volunteer Citizen Teachers from companies such as Google, Xilinx, Northeastern University, and Wired Woods, as well as dozens of individuals with a passion for technology.

Read the document below for more information on the work of Citizen Schools this year!

Photo-- mentorship after school
Photo-- mentorship after school

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Organization Information

Citizen Schools

Location: Boston, Massachusetts - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.citizenschools.org
Project Leader:
Jodie Deshmukh
Grants Manager
Boston, Massachusetts United States

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