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Prep's STEM Partnerships

3/29/2017
Spotlight on Bloomberg Startup, Google CS First, and Upperline Code

The underrepresentation African-Americans and Latinos in science and technology has been well documented. To develop future leaders in these STEM fields, Prep for Prep is deepening its partnership with leading technology companies Bloomberg, Google, and Upperline Code to increase exposure and skills of our younger high school students. “Thanks to our corporate partners, we have made tremendous strides in offering more and more STEM opportunities to keep our students competitive for internships and jobs in the new economy. It's a key part of Prep's strategic plan,” said Chief Executive Aileen Hefferren.

Launched in 2014, Bloomberg Startup aims to inspire and support the next generation of technologists and entrepreneurs with a series of workshops including Java coding, business journalism, computer-aided design (CAD), and robotics. Over 40 Prep for Prep high school students are participating in Bloomberg Startup this year, including 22 students who networked with Bloomberg Startup mentors at the Young Women’s Leadership Summit this month.

The Google CS First program aims to increase student access and exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. Google Code Next, its rigorous ninth grade enrichment program, is designed to create the next generation of transformational computer scientists. An engaging and culturally-relevant curriculum includes designing and programming a robot and 3D printing. Eight Prep for Prep students were invited to take part in the program this fall. Prep staff worked closely with Google on the development of the leadership curriculum for CS Edge/Code Next, and will continue to be a partner in expanding the program. Prep alum and Google Student Experience Manager Errol King (P9 XI/Kent '02, Lehman) was instrumental in helping to create the programs.

This spring, Upperline Code partnered with Prep to offer our first-ever Spring Code Camp, a weeklong coding camp for 16 Prep ninth graders to learn front end development and Javascript. Upperline Code will also lead a new app and web coding component for Prep’s Institute for Entrepreneurship, an intensive five-week summer entrepreneurship course and business plan competition for rising tenth and eleventh grade students.

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