The technology field is expected to advance significantly in the coming years as things such as AI and machine learning progress. Whether it be for virtual online high school or asking Siri what the weather is, technology is present in every moment of our lives. If you're interested in delving into the world of tech, technology camps will provide you with valuable skills you can apply in your future careers. If you're a high schooler looking to learn more about tech for your future career, but don't know what programs to join you've come to the right place! Below, we've compiled a list of the top 10 high school technology programs for you to consider joining to advance your path to success.
BETA Camp is a 12 week immersive online training program for students that focuses on teaching high school students how to start a technology enabled business from scratch. At BETA Camp, instead of learning from professors or teachers, campers learn from a network of industry leaders from top global companies to help them design, test, and build a successful business while learning critical life skills most only begin to learn once they are a part of the workforce. They are currently accepting applications for their summer program, so if you're interested in an online entrepreneurship program for summer, check us out here.
The Applications of Nanoscience is a two week online course that teaches high school students with a background in chemistry how to create a viable, scientifically sound technology, and bring it to market. Along with being a high school technology program, it is also a high school entrepreneurship program. It teaches design thinking for high school students and allows students the opportunity to explore questions that are being investigated by the current scientific community through business projects and scientific methodologies. If you're interested in participating, apply through here!
First Robotics Canada is a global robotics community preparing young people for the future. It is a robots competitions where teams of high schoolers students design and build a robot to tackle different annual changes over the course of 6 weeks before competing at district events all around Ontario. It inspires high schoolers to be science and technology leaders and innovators through mentor-based programs for high school students that build science, leadership and technology skills. You can learn more and find a program near you here.
Price: $2000 USD
Founded & run by Harvard graduate students, Veritas AI is an AI program for ambitious high school students. In the program, students learn the fundamentals of AI, interact with world-class AI researchers, and build a personalized project that they can use for college applications and beyond. No coding skills are required and the program has levels for advanced students. Here is the application form. There are cohorts in the summer, fall, winter, and spring.
The Technology Student Association is a national organization that provides high schoolers networking, competing, and leadership opportunities. It is a strong high school technology extracurricular program, and participation in it provides students the opportunity to explore STEM education and career interests. Competing in the wide variety of TSA competitions allows for you to be able to participate and learn something that caters specifically to your interest. You can participate in these competitions through your school chapter. If your school doesn't have a chapter and you want to make one, check this link out!
Price: Ask your school's TSA president for any cost!
BlueStamp Engineering is a summer program for high school students in New York City or Palo Alto where they can create and design technology projects from scratch. It is 6 weeks total and students will be able to develop their own personal webpage with videos that document their journey of creating their own technology project they can showcase on college and job interviews. Apply for the BlueStamp Student Application through their homepage.
High school students looking for engineering, computer science, and math extracurriculars should definitely look into this program! Students can choose from a variety of different subject areas to spend three weeks learning about from Columbia scholars and experts and also participate in extracurricular activities led by current students. Along with participating in tech courses, Check out the technology courses available here!
The UCSD Research Scholars Program allows for 25 students to work individually with a UCSD faculty researcher in an actual chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or nanotechnology lab on campus. This program provides an academically and socially enriching experience to a diverse, college-bound, high school population and engages them in exciting fields of research and study. There are both winter and summer sessions for the online 2021 session. If you're interested in applying, click here!
AI Scholars 2022 is a high school artificial intelligence summer program that is developed and taught by MIT and Stanford alumni. AI Scholars inspires curious high school students around the globe by exposing them to the upcoming technology of our times - Artificial Intelligence. In the Live Online program, there are 10 lessons that teach high school students fundamental AI concepts so they can apply them to build a socially impactful project. Apply for the program here!
ID Tech Camps gathers driven and curious high school students and teaches them the upcoming things in the tech world. You'll be able to learn through highly skilled industry professionals and graduate students and apply to a program that caters specifically to your interest. There are many locations and programs, making it easy to find one that is applicable to you! From Scratch courses to Unity courses, you'll be sure to find something you're bound to love. Look here for more information!
Explore Engineering Innovation is an online, college level, summer training for high school students who are interested in engineering, math, or science. Students will complete lab activities in all types of engineering and prepare a presentation in response to a Request for Proposal to learn about engineering finance and study engineering ethics. This curriculum was developed by John Hopkins university and provides John Hopkins University credit to students who complete the course with a final grade of an A or B. Make sure to apply here!
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