Youth Programming

 

Applications are closed. Stay tuned for awardee announcements.

Organizations and schools can apply for funding that aligns with the below guidelines and with LaunchTN’s strategic priorities.

For Schools (K-12) – Schools can apply for funds to cover licensing/implementation costs for one of the below programs and additional funds of up to $5,000 to cover program costs. Organizations would work directly with the curriculum providers listed below and should connect with them prior to including them in a proposal.

CO.STARTERS Generator: Co.Starters Generator is similar to the adult Co.Starters curriculum but focused on ideation and adapted for youth programs. The curriculum can be altered to accommodate a variety of different timelines. There is no license fee for Co.Starters generator but there is a cost for materials and facilitator training.

– Facilitator Material – $200
– Student Binders – $18/Student

The Entrepreneurial Mind Online Training Course: This entrepreneurial training curriculum is age appropriate for children and teenagers (grades 6-12). The course brings state-of-the-art content to life in an engaging way through video lessons and applied content. Maggie Kuyper, M.A.T., a co-founder of Entrepreneurial Mind, LLC, has ten years of experience teaching high school. She has worked closely with Dr. Cornwall to develop this course. Dr. Cornwall has assisted Junior Achievement and DECA to help develop innovative educational Entrepreneurship programs for young learners.

Dev Catalyst: Dev Catalyst is a program developed by theCO (Jackson, TN) which works to cultivate student tech talent in web development, physical computing, UX and data management. The program centers around 5 competition categories: Raspberry Pi with Scratch (middle school), Raspberry Pi with Python (high school), Novice Web Development (high school), Advance Web Development (high school) and Data Dev (high school). Student winners and selected teachers will go on an all expense paid trip to San Francisco where they will tour tech companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Pivotal. Dev Catalyst students and teachers use our online learning platform, Dev Catalyst Learn, to gain the technical and professional skills needed for their competition projects and general tech employability. Contact Molly Plyler (molly@attheco.com) for additional information if you are interested in applying for Dev Catalyst.

– Cost Estimate: $1500/ 25 students for the 2017/2018 academic year

LaunchTN has received grant funding to implement programs in certain East Tennessee counties. This grant will fund TheCo to work with selected schools in these counties to manage and implement one or more of the below programs.

For schools in the following counties: Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Grundy, Marion, and Sequatchie counties. Workshops can be implemented beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.

– A Raspberry Pi Workshop for students. This workshop functions as an introduction to theCO and the Dev Catalyst Program. This workshop is for students interested in creating something awesome. Maybe they want to digitally compose music or remotely turn on the lights in their room or take more selfies. The possibilities are endless with the Raspberry Pi micro computer. From breadboards to circuit boards, students are invited for a day of fun as they learn everything they need to know to get the Raspberry Pi running right out of the box!  The workshop will be followed by a Raspberry Jam (show and tell) event to pull together students across county lines.

For schools in the following counties: Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Cumberland, Morgan, and Fentress counties

Dev Catalyst is a program developed by theCO, which works to cultivate student tech talent in web development, physical computing, UX and data management. The program centers around 5 competition categories: Raspberry Pi with Scratch (middle school), Raspberry Pi with Python (high school), Novice Web Development (high school), Advance Web Development (high school) and Data Dev (high school). Student winners and selected teachers will go on an all expense paid trip to San Francisco where they will tour tech companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Pivotal. Dev Catalyst students and teachers use our online learning platform, Dev Catalyst Learn, to gain the technical and professional skills needed for their competition projects and general tech employability.

Eligible schools that add the program for Spring 2018 will not have any out-of-pocket charges except the costs for teachers traveling to Jackson, TN for training prior to the Spring 2018 semester.

Schools in eligible counties with interest in Raspberry Pi Workshops and/or Dev Catalyst Programs should contact Molly Plyler, theCO’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, at molly@attheco.com. Workshops will be scheduled as early as this Fall and into the Spring semester.  Dev Catalyst programs will be scheduled for the Spring semester.  There are no program fees and schools only need to provide one classroom and one teacher to help facilitate. Schools in these counties interested in the above program do not need to submit an application but need to contact theCO directly.

Non-School organizations – Non-school organizations can apply for funding to cover licensing costs for curriculum listed below or curriculum they have developed internally. Organizations can apply for up to $10,000. Organizations would work directly with the curriculum providers listed below and should connect with them prior to including them in a proposal.

Entrepreneurship Education
– CO.STARTERS Generator – see details above
– Entrepreneurial Mind Online Training Program – see details above

Ideation + Product Development Education
Code Camps
100 Girls of Code

Examples of additional acceptable projects/programs LTN will support are:
– Pitch Competitions
– Meetup groups
– Innovator weeks
– Startup Weekends
– Celebration/graduation events for the programs
– Field trips
– Entrepreneurship workshops

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