Educational Tech Career Days: Building on the Hour of Code Movement

In my visits to elementary schools, especially the Title I schools with deeply disadvantaged students, I often wonder what more we can do for the students who are not getting the broad exposure and stimulation that will prepare them for success.  One formula that we’ve  developed is a career day for fifth graders, in which they visit the VocabularySpellingCity/Science4Us headquarters to learn about careers in the technology companies that create the programs that they use.  We have about 10 schools visit each year in December and May, with about 40 kids in each group.

What’s the point? Education. The students should leave having engaged in new experiences in a way that transforms them and their thinking about career possibilities, and how these potential career paths connect to their education and daily activities.

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