Give youth of color in grades 3-8 a solid educational foundation through this free after-school program that delivers academic enrichment through project-based learning and advanced technology tools.
Less than 60% of students of color in Washington State graduate from high school on-time. Students who drop out face a bleak future: reduced earnings, limited employment prospects and higher reliance on public assistance. Early interventions like TechStart provide access to educational opportunities and technology tools and help children develop knowledge, confidence and life skills increase graduation rates. This project will fund 2 classes serving up to 24 students in grades 3-8 for one year.
TechStart uses an engaging project-based learning curriculum that incorporates Washington State Grade Level Expectations in Science, Math and Writing to emphasizes academic mastery of these core subjects using technology as an educational tool.
The TechStart program increases school success and gives students the skills, knowledge and experience of using technology tools for learning. By the time they begin high school they are confident, eager and have the tools needed to graduate on-time.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
TechStart Program Homepage
TechStart Student Work Blog