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SPARK Programs

Instructor teaching two girls how to write computer code

Connect.DC created SPARK to provide science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) training opportunities for middle and high school students in the District of Columbia. SPARK programs give students opportunities to build relevant technology skills they can use in DC’s growing innovation economy.

STEAMtheBlock Digital Arts Program

Connect.DC is partnering with the Swaliga Foundation to launch a science, technology, engineering, art, and math program for District middle school students. The program uses digital arts to learn and apply the engineering design process. Students will also gain fundamental software skills through web design and sound production. The program will also include a culminating community event to highlight the participants and generate interest in future program opportunities.

Coding and Entrepreneurship Program

Connect.DC is partnering with In3 Education to provide education, mentorship and a positive learning environment that engages and teaches technical and entrepreneurial skills to students of all backgrounds. The program teaches students to brainstorm mobile app ideas and build mobile app prototypes. Students also learn to pitch and present their ideas to industry professionals. Students gain experience with basic programming through instructors and online coding tools and use their knowledge to create mobile solutions to community problems.