July 2020 – The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab launched a two week virtual app development program for middle and high school students. The program utilized MIT’s App Inventor software. The Atlanta University Center Consortium Data Science Initiative and the Boeing company provided funds to help support scholarships for students with financial need. Approximately 60 students participated in the program.
Autodesk has agreed to fund a collaboration with the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab to create an externship program at Morehouse College. The program will support five computer science and software engineering majors for one academic year to collaborate on a project focused on enhancements to their Fusion 360 software product.
It is no secret the demand for people with information technology and computing skills is growing nationwide, and it is never too young to learn the necessary skills to help land you a career in that field.
Morehouse College and Atlanta Public Schools are doing their part to expose high school students to computing careers through a 4-week coding workshop.
The Xanadu-Computer Application Development Summer Program will be offered to rising 10th-12th grade students from June 5 through June 29.
“This program will provide a unique opportunity for students in the Atlanta metropolitan area to learn computer science even if these courses are not offered at their respective high schools,” said X-Capp co-founder and Morehouse College computer science professor Dr. Kinnis Gosha. “Having computer science training in high school increases the likelihood of retaining students who major in computer science at a significantly higher probability.” ?
During the camp, students will also be able to familiarize themselves with various computing careers through the ComputingCareersNow.org portal which was developed by Gosha in the Morehouse College Culturally Relevant Computing Lab.
“The ideal students for the X-Capp program are high achieving students who have shown and communicated a strong interest in computer science,” explains Atlanta Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Dr. Quail T. Arnold. “This enrichment opportunity will help students explore a field of interest and further prepare them for college and/or career,”For more information about X-Capp, please visit http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/911 or contact the Xanadu Middle/High Program at 404-802-7585